Do you have a craving for chocolate, ice cream, cake or all of the above? Whether you’re on vacation, celebrating a special occasion or just need to satisfy your sweet tooth, two great places to try on the Strip are Hexx at Paris Las Vegas and Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace.
The interior of Serendipity 3 is like a fusion of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and a certain magical chocolate factory. In addition to the fun, colorful decor, the dessert portions are enormous. Serendipity is world famous for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. Other popular and Instagram-worthy desserts include the deep-fried Oreos and ice cream sundae, and Creme de la Creme Cheesecake. If you’re a real high roller, try the Golden Opulence Sundae. It’s covered in 23-karat edible gold leaf. You won’t need a golden ticket, but you will need $1,000.
Get your chocolate fix
The chefs at Hexx Chocolate & Confexxions create handcrafted chocolate from cacao beans they import from growers around the world. They keep it simple, using only two ingredients in their pure chocolate: cacao beans — ground into a paste called cocoa mass — and organic palm sugar. Their milk chocolate is crafted in a similar way, with organic milk and vanilla.
Bite into the Aztec Cake for a taste of chocolate from Venezuela. Their espresso torte and chocolate pudding are made with chocolate from Tanzania, and their Mille Crepe Cake gets its chocolate from Madagascar. You can even watch the talented chefs make chocolate at the counter in true bean-to-bar fashion. If you have time, sign up for the tour and see the process unfold.
Hexx Ecuador Brownie
If you can’t get to Hexx, try making its delicious Ecuador Brownie and impress your friends and family!
- 6 ounces butter
- 1 pound, 14 ounces Ecuador chocolate
- 12 eggs
- 3-1⁄4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler. Whip eggs, sugar and vanilla extract until doubled in size, add melted butter and chocolate to egg mixture. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Pour into large sheet pan with a nonstick baking liner. Bake at 325 for 12 minutes. One recipe makes 15 large pieces.
* This recipe has been modified for home kitchens from the commercial version.
— By Dao Vu, LA Times Custom Publishing