Straight from the Oven: CoupMe’s Advice for the Best Local Dessert Dishes

Any avid cookout goer knows that dessert is just as essential to the meal as the burgers, dogs, sausages or potato salad. Historically, cookouts – which had been perfect up until that point – have sealed their fate with an after-dinner treat that failed to meet expectations. So for those still with guests to entertain this Labor Day weekend, us here at CoupMe have pooled our thoughts on the best dessert dishes the Boston and MetroWest area has to offer. (For expert consulting, get on today’s CoupMe deal – available here – and visit Boston’s Dessert Showcase for only $15!)

Starting simple is normally the best move. Friendly’s is a local favorite that those outside the New England area don’t get to enjoy, so us residents should take full advantage of it. While the Wilbraham, MA-founded company has so many flavors and choices, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae is a favorite of Jared’s here at CoupMe. This simple, but delicious dish is a definite crowd pleaser.

While the North End has many terrific choices – who hasn’t craved a cannoli from Mike’s Pastry lately? – Jessica recommends scouring Newbury Street’s vendors. Only less than a year old, Hotel Chocolat is self-described as “pure chocolate luxury” and offers its visitors a Chocolate Tasting Room to test all types of delicious morsels or bars. Just a little outside of Newbury in Park Plaza is Finale, which also has locations in Coolidge Corner and Harvard Square. Here, you can order elegant and aesthetically pleasing dishes. Be sure to try the Whoopie Pie, voted “Best of Boston” in 2010 by Boston Magazine, or the creme brulee, which Mike can’t get enough of!

For those residing in the MetroWest area, Wholly Cannoli has become a favorite of Matt’s. Located in Worcester, the store has a Banana’s Foster plate that is out of this world. In addition, it is home to the world-famous dynamite sticks, which are ricotta dipped in caramel and then covered with a chocolate crunch shell. Other flavors of these mouth-watering sticks include triple chocolate, strawberry, white chocolate and banana.

Have plans to go out to eat one night instead of cooking out? If you happen to be at Joe’s American Bar & Grille, Becky demands you order the Charles River Pie. A chocolate cookie crust, filled with coffee ice cream and topped with fudge, whipped cream and almonds? Sounds too good to be true.

For those trying to keep their summer diet in line, BerryLine’s frozen yogurt is an excellent low-calorie option. Those with high ambitions can jog over to the store’s location in Cambridge on Arrow Street.

So don’t give up just yet on those cookout plans – take advantage of these CoupMe favorites and your cookout will be the talk of the neighborhood.

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