ZACH HOINOSKI Everyone knows about the plethora of delectable food options available on Guad and in West Campus, but what often makes the meal is what comes after. West Campus isn’t lacking in delicious dessert options either, so I set out on a sugary quest to sample the best of the best.
Red Mango is arguably the most popular of all the dessert places in West Campus. With its many different flavors of all natural frozen yogurt and wide array of toppings available, it certainly provides something for every sweet tooth. As a self-diagnosed chocoholic, I kept it simple and went withthe milk chocolate. I could hear my wallet weeping as I contemplated what toppings to load on to my yogurt, so I limited myself to a few scoops of gummi bears. It was pretty good, but not much different from a run-of-the-mill frozen yogurt place. I would still recommend it since it wasn’t too expensive and was fairly tasty.
Cow Tipping Creamery is an inconspicuous little food truck in the lot on Rio Grande and 26th, but the specialty cones they whip up help it stand out. I had heard good things for a long time, and it did not disappoint on first visit. The Salty Sweet was calling my name as I read the menu, mostly because I had to know what peanut butter pretzel crunch was. I tried to order it with plain chocolate soft serve, only to be told that my options were vanilla or cherry Dr. Pepper. This was the best thing that could have happened to me, as cherry Dr. Pepper soft serve is delicious. The cone itself was massive and filled to the brim with ice cream and toppings, and I actually felt full after taking it down. Cow Tipping Creamery is one of the unique places that you’ll find all over Austin, and it just might have the most delicious soft serve in the city.
The last place I had to try was Cream Whiskers. I’m still not sure how to describe what I ate but I was told the term is “cream puff”. I ordered the brown butter pecan puff with the cookie top. I think it only took me three bites to devour my puff and I instantly wanted to order a second one. It’s essentially a cookie sandwich enveloping a sweet cream filling, with a maple caramel sauce drizzled all over it. Unfortunately I was in public and so I was unable to lick the plate. My only complaint with this lovely little bakery was the size of the puff, but it’s definitely worth a try.
Out of the three places I tried, you really can’t go wrong. For my money, Cow Tipping Creamery was probably my favorite place but I will definitely be back to Cream Whiskers soon. So get out there, dessert junkies, and enjoy what West Campus has to offer.