Sweet chocolate chips can add flavor, texture and an element of fun to an ordinary dessert. National Chocolate Chip Day is upon us this May 15th, so use the day as an opportunity to sample some of the best chocolate chip desserts in DC. Local chefs have found a way to incorporate chocolate chips into all kinds of different desserts, some of which may surprise you. Here are some of the tastiest options, from an out-of-this-world chocolate chip doughnut to chocolate chip cheesecake to classic chocolate chip cookies.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
Astro Doughnuts’ peanut butter chocolate chip doughnut is the doughnut that reigns over all other doughnuts. A light, fluffy chocolate chip cake doughnut is smothered in a sweet, rich peanut butter glaze and then sprinkled with crunchy cookie crumbles. Reminiscent of a peanut butter cup, this doughnut is a blissful concoction of all the right flavors in all the right amounts. Astro’s menu changes every day, so keep in mind that the chocolate chip doughnut is sold on Tuesdays only for $2.50 in the new downtown DC store. Astro Doughnuts also caters. Contact the shop directly for pricing.
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Cesco Osteria & Co2 Lounge
7401 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Cesco’s chocolate meringue torte is not only fancy and sinful, it may be the dessert that has the most creative incorporation of chocolate chips. Crunchy meringue is layered with a chocolate mousse that is infused with a rich, chocolate chip whipped cream. The crispy and smooth texture combination is irresistible, and the overwhelming chocolate flavor is divine. Enjoy a slice of the torte for $8. Cesco also offers a dessert called Bongo-Bongo, which includes profiteroles, or cream puffs, that are drenched in melted chocolate chips. Also offered for $8, this dish provides an excellent opportunity to taste chocolate chips, just in a different form.
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8367 Snouffer School Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
For a truly decadent chocolate chip dessert, order Sweet Cheesecake’s chocolate chip kahlua cheesecake. The sweet and rich filling has loads of chocolate chips, and the chocolate flavor is the perfect match for the coffee-flavored cheesecake. The chocolate chips drizzled on top of the cake are adorable and whimsical, and make the cheesecake look even more enticing. It is available for $24 in store or you can pre-order it.
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Baked and Wired is known for its sinfully delicious baked goods, and its chocolate pound cake is no exception. Made with a heady combination of melted chocolate, cocoa powder and a generous amount of chocolate chips, this cake is for chocolate lovers only. Moist, dense and perfect, all you need is a cup of coffee and you have an ideal breakfast, snack or dessert. Head over to grab a slice today.
Captain Cookie & The Milkman
Perhaps the best use of chocolate chips is in the most traditional form of all: the chocolate chip cookie. A tall, cold glass of milk and a soft, sweet cookie is reminiscent of the perfect childhood after-school snack. To enjoy the same experience as an adult, find the Captain Cookie & The Milkman truck. For $1.25, you can have a single chocolate chip cookie, regular or vegan. A dozen is $13, and for $4 you can have two chocolate chip cookies and a bottle of milk. For the truly adventurous, there is also a chocolate chip ice cream cookie option.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.