Sunday Fundae Sundae

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Listen: I will follow wherever the desserts will lead, and sometimes they lead to a slick industrial chic glass box structure in Old Town blasting top 40 hits, and the place is called SteakBar, and you’re like “Where the f am I??,” but you go in even though you don’t want steak or a bar at 1pm, because you know there’s a sundae hidden away in there somewhere and, ok, maybe a bar wouldn’t hurt. #YOLO #iactuallysaidYOLOoutloud

“Do you have a reservation?” – no, but lemme get a seat by the window.

“We have Coors light and well cocktails on special.” – no, lemme get some prosecco.

“Here are our brunch and lunch menus.” – no need for menus, I came for the sundae. let’s get this party started.

THE SUNDAE: a dazzling DIY 3 scoop banana split that arrives with a flaming sparkler – in case you forgot that a sundae of this magnitude is definite cause for a celebration. The scoops are a blank slate for whatever your sugary little heart desires: hot fudge, caramel sauce, marshmallows, Nilla wafers, crushed Butterfinger, dark chocolate chunks, sprinkles, Oreos, gummy bears, M&Ms, chopped Twix, toasted coconut, peanut butter cups, Junior Mints. Throw it all on at once, or jazz it up bite by bite.

So, you can eat this like a regular sundae, or you can customize each spoonful, or you can get crafty and really take it to the next level – like maybe make some mini ice cream sandwiches with those Nilla wafers and roll em in sprinkles,

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or if the moodsugarprosecco strikes, maybe you go ahead and create a full-on spectacle featuring a gummy bear dance party (you’ll want to click thru for feature-length video):

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Whatever path you choose, I guarantee 1) this sundae will not disappoint, and 2) you will inspire the Coors light-ers to live their best life.

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Sunday Sundae: have it your way

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When it’s 65 degrees in FEBRUARY in ILLINOIS what do you do? You get a banana split. When a traditional banana split comes with the traditional chocolate/strawberry/vanilla combo and you hate vanilla ice cream what do you do? You swap in coconut. Everyone’s happy, traditionalists are none the wiser.

(like, I am all about empty calories, but what’s the point if it doesn’t taste good? no point. and why am I paying for it if I’m not going to eat it. I’m not. take that, Vanilla. don’t even look at me.)

The perfect substitute for such a tropical afternoon – the perfect substitute any time vanilla is forced your way. Even better when the coconut ice cream is made in-house using fresh coconut.

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Pandamonium Doughnuts

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When I was in college at the University of Illinois way back when, it didn’t occur to me that the donut scene was substantially lacking. There was a Dunkin’ and a little hut called Ye Olde Donut Shoppe that morphed into Ye Olde BBQ Pit around 3pmish each day. What else could you need? Oh how young, how naive…..

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It would be a loooong wait until Pandamonium Doughnuts realized and tackled this void. Luckily I wasn’t around to suffer, and now I am around to enjoy! A real win win! Everything is made from scratch (organic whenever possible), flavors changing with the seasons (some traditional, some cray). Track them down and then track down your fave.

So far, in the name of donut research, I have dabbled with the creme brûlée, red velvet, strawberry basil, raspberry rose, banana split, maple pecan crunch, toffee crunch and blackberry. Phew! The flower and berry flavors are super fresh/springtimey/summery, anything chocolate tastes like real chocolate (because it is), but I gotta say, I prefer their more inventive combos the most: the creme brûlée and banana split are the standouts. Let’s discuss.

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The creme brûlée is filled with vanilla custard and topped with a layer of hard burnt sugar. It is a portable, breakfastable creme brûlée. No need to tap a spoon to crack the sugar, just bite right in and be amazed and also have some coffee. (my dad is a dentist should you require any post-donut “tidying up”)

The banana split is a vanilla raised doughnut doused in chocolate glaze and sprinkles, filled with fresh banana cream (like it actually tastes like a real banana), drizzled with strawberry sauce, hit with a hefty pinch of ground peanuts, and topped with a cherry. WTF. The definition of a donut novelty.

So I have to say, when next you find yourself driving through the great, flat expanse of Central Illinois, or settled in at a tailgate but over the beer and brat scene, it would be in your best interest to seek out the Pandamonium truck. Your efforts will not be in vain. Pinky swear!