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From pies to truffles, Lodi celebrates sweetness

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Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:00 am

You’re out on the town and just had dinner. Maybe you just took in a movie and have a craving for something sweet. What to do?

Lodi has an abundance of sweet choices. From delectable pies and Italian specialties to s’mores and cake truffles, here are some local choices to tempt the taste buds.

Frosted Flour for cupcakes, truffles and macaroons

Best desserts: French macaroons, cupcakes and Mexican wedding cookies.

Most popular: Cake truffles.

How it’s made: They are made out of cake and then different ingredients are added. If it’s peanut butter, real peanut butter is added to the chocolate cake and then rolled in dips or chocolate. Different syrups are sometimes added. There are usually at least eight different flavors.

Why people enjoy it: “It’s very addicting. I was addicted for about a year,” said Lisa Hassett, one of the owners. “They are a perfect size — just two bites — and they are super moist.”

The Dancing Fox Winery and Bakery for pies and cakes

Best desserts: Pies, though they also offer cakes.

Most popular: Lemon lavender pie and the chocolate stout pie.

How it’s made: The lemon lavender is a layer of lemon curd made from scratch and then a pastry cream layer. The chocolate stout is a really dark beer-and-caramel flavor, made with good chocolate and infused with beer.

Why people enjoy it: “People really like our crust. It has a really good texture. I think it’s that they’re fresh and different,” co-owner and baker Colleen Lewis said. “More of the women love the lemon lavender. Men go to the chocolate stout. They’re really quality. We use real cream, real butter and organic flour — wholesome ingredients and a classic combination with a little bit of a twist.”

Pietro’s for tiramisu

Best desserts: Canolli, gellato, Spumoni ice cream

Most popular dessert: Tiramisu.

How it’s made: Homemade ladyfingers soaked in espresso, layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese and then topped with chocolate.

Why people enjoy it: “Its a traditional Italian dessert and its homemade,” Pietro’s owner Jim Murdaca said.

Crush Kitchen + Bar for peanut butter and jelly cheesecake

Best desserts: Peanut butter and jelly cheesecake, s’mores and strawberry shortcake.

Most popular: S’mores and strawberry shortcake.

How they’re made: S’mores have a house-made marshmallow and homemade graham crackers. They also come with dark and milk chocolate shavings. It comes out with a little firepit so customers can make their own s’mores at the table.

The strawberry shortcake has a strawberry sheet that looks like a roll-up with a strawberry puree and gelatin.

Why people enjoy it: “We pride ourselves on fresh local ingredients. It depends on the height of the season,” said Michera Colella, bartender and day manager. “It’s all house-made ingredients. It’s not going to be generic.”

Woodbridge Crossings for crisps

Best desserts: Brownie with ice cream, cheesecake, chocolate mousse

Most popular dessert: Cranberry apple crisp

How it’s made: Apples and cranberries. It’s heated with ice cream on top.

Why people enjoy it:  “It’s made from scratch and it’s a comfort food dessert that is very old fashioned and a lot of people remember it as a kid,” said Steve Ding, owner. “We also serve it not only with vanilla ice cream but vanilla bean ice cream.”

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