Story and slideshow by ELIZABETH NYGAARD
Dessert is the best meal of the day.
If you’re looking for a delicious dessert for date night, family night or a birthday party, there are many Salt Lake City restaurants and bakeries where you can get your dessert fix. The list of desserts ranges from edible cookie dough, to out of the box ice cream, and gourmet desserts.
Edible cookie dough would have sounded weird a few years ago but Dough Co. a local Utah-based company, is doing dessert right, with eggless cookie dough options.
Dough Co. has a location in the Sugarhouse neighborhood at 2121 S. McClelland St. They are open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Dough Co. is opening a second location in South Jordan later this year.
Dough Co. offers a variety of edible cookie dough options, including milk n’ cookies, which is a scoop of edible cookie dough and ice cream and A shake with your choice of dough flavor blended with ice cream.
The Sander Family and Myles Sander, a student at Westminster, studying neuroscience were at Dough Co. to celebrate family night.
“We’ve been coming here for awhile now, my little brother loves cookie dough so whenever he picks dessert we come here.” he said.
Myles and his family shared the p’zookie, a warm skillet of melted cookie dough with ice cream on top.
Dough Co. has edible cookie dough in many different flavors ranging from: Chocolate Chip, Loaded Brownie, PB Explosion, Cake Batter, S’mores, Red Velvet, Oreo Thin Mint, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel Pretzel.
The March 2018 flavor of the month is Cookies & Cream.
Dough Co. gives out samples of dough for guests that are unsure of what to get.
If edible cookie dough isn’t your thing and you’re more of an ice cream person head to Trolley Square to try Normal ice cream.
Normal ice cream is a food truck located at 600 S. 700 East inside Trolley Square for the winter season. The shop is open Wednesday through Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 1-7 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Normal is a local food truck and it is women owned and operated.
Gabby Snow, a student at the University of Utah and her boyfriend, Weston Don Merkey, love Normal ice cream.
“We went to Normal for ice cream for date night tonight. We love it here!” Snow said. “I got the Tutti Frutti (earl grey and pomegranate twist, fruity pebbles, passion fruit caramel, and toshi cherry) and Weston got a cone of the London Fog (Earl Grey soft serve, dark chocolate dip, lavender ganache, and cotton candy).”
Snow tells her friends, “The flavors are all diverse so if you’re looking for out of the box ice cream come here!”
Normal ice cream changes its ice cream flavors, but they are always diverse and exciting.
Normal serves composed cones, which are six specially created cones, and on Sundays Normal offers a doughnut ice cream sandwich. Other ice cream sandwiches include dulce de leche filled banana ice cream served between shortbread cookies and dipped in dark chocolate.
The base ice cream flavors right now are Earl Grey, Vanilla Bean, Pomegranate, and Nutella.
If you’re looking for an all-around dessert shop, Last Course is the place for you.
Last Course has two locations: at 115 South Regent St. in Salt Lake City and at 185 E. 12300 South in Draper. Both shops are open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Mayra Repetto, a student at the U studying biology, raves about Last Course.
“My friends surprised me with a trip to Last Course for my birthday! I’ve always loved Last Course and the desserts here,” she said.
Last Course has gourmet desserts and ice cream, such as Strawberry Nachos, 24 Karat Cake, and Glamping S’mores.
“My favorite is probably the Upside Down Caramel Apple Pie, it’s so dreamy,” Mayra Repetto said.
The Upside Down Caramel Apple Pie is a cinnamon roll filled with layers of warm apples covered with salted caramel sauce and a streusel topping.
Last Course isn’t limited to just desserts. It also features gourmet ice cream scoops.
Everyday flavors include Tahitian Vanilla, Breakfast Cereal, Smoked Maple Bacon, and Olive Oil.
The breakfast cereal ice cream is cream infused with Trix Cereal, with chunks of Lucky Charms throughout.
The workers at Last Course offer an unlimited amount of tastes for guests.
Last Course is a Utah company that uses local ingredients to make its desserts.
The dessert shops around the Salt Lake Valley are not limited to these three. There are many options. These three shops cover all dessert favorites and happen to be many people’s top-three places to go.
Just as Mayra Repetto believes: “Dessert is spent better with friends and family!”