Sometimes the sugar urge is too much for us and we need something substantial. In this moment, we don't want dessert to be the last course of a meal, we want it to be the main event.
Step forth this list.
This is a compilation of no-holds-barred desserts that will satisfy the sweetest of teeth and have you transcending to sugar Nirvana in no time.
Mega Banana Split @ Swoon
You only have to take one look at Swoon’s mega banana split to know that you are in for a sugar induced coma like no other. Banana, topped with Gelato of your choice, sprinkles and lashings of chocolate sauce make this a dessert lover’s dream! Question is, do you share it or not? (Answer: don’t)
Drool-Inducing Doughnuts @ The Big O Donut Company
Jammy doughnuts will always be the classic choice, however a true dessert fanatic will be always pushing boundaries and Big O have got you covered. With donut flavours that include Belgian Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Blueberry with Cream Cheese glaze you will be under no illusion what the name means. The Big O Donut Company goes hard, or goes home. Based in Bristol, everything is made from scratch with only the best ingredients with a menu that changes seasonally with a few cheeky specials thrown in. Their secret is in the donut itself, using a Polish method; they have a light brioche texture which allows plenty of room for indulgent fillings. Black Forest Gateaux flavour anyone?!
The Dessert Challenge @ The Parlour
Drawing on the classic 50s ice-cream bar, The Parlour ice-cream café on Cheltenham Road has it all. Their huge menu consists of waffles, pancakes, hot chocolate floats and sundaes, with endless possibilities due to a variety of toppings and fillings to choose from. The real showstopper here is the dessert challenge: two stacked waffles, three pancakes topped with a mountain of ice cream, hot sundae sauce, marshmallows AND a hot chocolate. Eat it within 30 minutes and it’s free, but sharing is not allowed.
Deep-Fried Oreos @ Soul Fish
An entry on this list which may surprise you, as they're mainly renowned for their soul food and fish and chips. But, I'll let you in on a secret, they offer a really naughty dessert option in the form of deep fried Oreos. A crunchy outside bite which leads to soft, gooey biscuit centre that oozes into your mouth, there's nothing else quite like it. Step aside battered Mars Bars, it is time for this little beauty to take centre stage.
The Artistic Cakes @ Ahh Toots
Some of the most recognisable cakes come from the kitchen of Ahh Toots, for the cakes baked here are truly wonderful, decadent works of art. Based in a little cafe in St Nicholas market, I challenge you to walk by without stopping to gawp at the marvellous creations that rival Mr Willy Wonka and his whole factory. Cakes can also be made to order for special occasions and are almost too beautiful to eat.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bao @ Wokyko
Another surprising entry on a list like this you might think, but Wokyko at Cargo, Wapping Wharf serves up an absolute blinder of a treat with their salted caramel ice cream bao. It looks like a mini burger and can be eaten in the same way, although one might not be enough. New flavours are due to be announced soon for this great alternative dessert.
Sour-dough-nuts @ Pinkmans
This bakery on Park Street provides naughtiness in the form of their sour-dough-nuts (the clue is in the name). These popular little treats come in a variety of flavours, with the bakers here able to create any combination. Already on the counter have been chocolate orange, gingerbread, passion fruit and white chocolate. Our top tip is to ask for a bag of them, pretend you are 'off to a friends’ and scoff them in one sitting whilst enjoying some solo Netflix and chill.
Churros @ Pata Negra
You can’t go far wrong with Churros. Luckily for us in Bristol, sexy Spanish all-rounder Pata Negra serves some of the best in the city. A plate full of these sweet treats comes with a pot filled with plenty of chocolate dipping sauce for you to go mad with. I ended up drinking the remainder of the chocolate from the jar when the churros came to an end, which might give you an indication of how great they are.
Hardshakes @ Three Brothers Burgers
As well as some of the best burgers in the business, Three Brothers offer treats in the form of milkshakes and, for those amongst you who fancy something a bit stronger, hardshakes. Shakes come in flavours Oreo cookie, Chocolate and Cherry and even Reese's Peanut butter. Whilst my hardshake of choice would have to be the Whiskey Mac; a vanilla shake with a shot of Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, another of Stone's ginger wine, shaken with caramel sauce and ginger syrup. YUM.
Freakshake @ Beehive Coffee House
Beehive Coffee House is the home of the freakshake - where milkshake meets dessert. This place was the first coffee house in Bristol to serve up these monsters and they are definitely not for the faint hearted! A hefty milkshake topped with a doughnut (sometimes even two) and layered with cream, chocolate sauce, biscuits, more cream...you get the idea. Not all heros wear capes, some sell freakshakes.