Dessert-based television is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine, particularly the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets. Its episodes go from city to city and uncover the best dessert shops around the country, so when I went to West Village yesterday, I knew I had to hit a couple places.
Popbar isn’t your average ice cream joint- it sells high quality, customizable gelato on a stick.
What’s the difference between ice cream and gelato, you may ask? It’s all in the process. Gelato is made using an Italian technique of churning while freezing, which prevents as much air from being incorporated. On the other hand, a machine mixes ice cream in a way that incorporates air into the dessert, giving it a more whipped texture.
Popbar offer three kinds of bars: popgelato, popsorbeto, and yogurtpop in around 25 flavors, with additional topping choices to make your pop your own. For example, you can dip your bar in chocolate, coconut shavings, or nuts. I had the strawberry yogurtpop dipped in chocolate, a really refreshing treat on a hot New York City summer day!
The Doughnut Plant has revolutionized the donut by pioneering different flavor combinations and styles of donuts. Their selection includes the conventional buttery cake and light yeast donuts to their signature filled mini ‘doughseeds.’ Particularly exciting is their new Pokéseed donut, filled with a peach and strawberry cream filling and decorated to look like a Pokéball, a tribute to how Doughnut Plant locations have become a part of the Pokémon Go culture.
The Doughnut Plant also believes in making the best quality product possible, so all of their donuts are made fresh at the beginning of everyday with organic ingredients and without preservatives and artificial flavorings.
Despite their unique flavor combinations, I went the classic route with a black and white cake donut, which was a bit heavy for my liking. I still recommend you stopping by if you’re in West Village because there are so many other options available!