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    Desserted Island

    One thing we've noticed (generalization alert) in Aruba over the years is that desserts are blindingly sweet. I don't know if it's a Dutch or Arubian thing but, man, the coma awaits post consumption - and this seems to be the case at all restaurants regardless if it's fine dining or a pub/local joint. We were at Wilhelmina last night with Those Other Canadians and everybody's hair was blown back by the glucose in the final course.

    That didn't stop everybody from licking the plates though.

    Even at places like "Bright Bakery", "Noord Pastry/Bakery", the main grocery stores, the rule of thumb seems to be "double the sugar".

    I once bought Colombian hamburger buns at "Ling's" and they had a sweetness that made them inedible.

    To be fair, I'm not a dessert person - simple is better. And anything with booze in it is the devil's work.

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    Last night's dessert debauchery...

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    Last edited by act1966; 08-07-2022 at 05:23 PM. Reason: Pictures are fun!
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    Guess that’s why I’ll order an espresso martini instead of dessert! Good excuse anyways!!

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    When we first came to Aruba in the late 80's (OK we are officially 'old') you were hard pressed to find any dessert listed on a menu....once I had peach melba....canned peaches with vanilla ice cream...a lesson learned. In the 90's my father ordered a banana dessert at the Hyatt...so sweet he could not finish. My father LOVED sweets...not being able to finish that one was the talk of the family for years!! Me? I like Bailey's over ice for my dessert!
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    I love dessert.... most of the time. I've noticed them getting bigger like the coconut cream cake at Mme J's..... for 15.95 you could feed the whole village! My fav last trip was the four nut brownie at Quinta del Carmen!
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    I do have a thing for sweets. Sometimes I'll get dessert when dining out, but I'm not always thrilled with the choices. Good thing I have the bakery treats back at my room
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    My scale will attest that I like desserts.






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    What comes to mind for desserts in Aruba is the warm apple tarte with cinnamon ice cream at Madam Janette. Yummy. Also I think it was at Barefoot we had snickerdoodle cheesecake. Amazing. Those are the 2 that stick out!
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    there is a chocolate pound cake (loaf) at superfood that is not overly sweet.
    it is on a shelving unit with many other wrapped loaf cakes.
    we put butter on it. and sometimes then plop it in a frying pan.
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    Not a Dutch thing, these overly sweet desserts. I don’t eat them as I think they are much too sweet. It is an Aruban thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutchdushi View Post
    Not a Dutch thing, these overly sweet desserts. I don’t eat them as I think they are much too sweet. It is an Aruban thing.
    Thanks for clarifying.
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