5 Childhood-Inspired Desserts In Metro Phoenix

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Alissa Irei
St. Francis' PB & J dessert is too pretty to hide in a brown bag.

Rent, insurance, student loans - adulthood isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it's nice to revisit an easier time, when happiness was a stack of Oreos and a glass of milk after school. OK, anyone who thinks childhood was that simple doesn't really remember it. Still, it's nice to indulge in a little nostalgic noshing every now and then, and Phoenix-area restaurants make it easy with their fun twists on kid-inspired classics.

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PB & J at St. Francis

St. Francis puts a decidedly grown-up spin on the classic PB & J. A dense chocolate brownie is layered with creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate ganache, and plated atop a sweet strawberry sauce. Salted peanuts provide satisfying crunch.

Alissa Irei
Pop Tart at Angels Trumpet Ale House.

Pop Tart at Angels Trumpet Ale House

The "Pop Tarts" at Angels Trumpet Ale House are really more like Pillsbury Toaster Strudels, but a strudel by any other name still tastes as sweet. Flaky, golden layers of pastry cradle seasonal fruit filling and a vanilla glaze.

Alissa Irei
Push Pop at Bink's Midtown.

Push Pop at Bink's Midtown

Remember push-up pops - those cylinder shaped ice cream bars in paper tubes with plastic handles? Well the upscale version at Bink's Midtown is a far cry from the kind you used to buy at the ice cream truck for a dollar. Flavors are seasonal; we tried the green apple sorbet layered with oatmeal ice cream and served with pecan streusel. (Past offerings have included butternut squash with tamarind chocolate syrup and chai tea with pineapple chutney.)

Cotton Candy at Noca

It's not on the menu, but eat dinner at Noca and you'll likely be treated to a big bowl of fresh, light-as-air cotton candy before you get your check. A Noca signature, the brightly colored spun sugar makes a fun and playful ending to a grown-up meal that just might have you feeling like a kid again.

Alissa Irei
Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes at Beckett's Table.

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Holes at Beckett's Table

The doughnut holes at Beckett's Table aren't just for kids. Nearly the size of tennis balls, they're coated in cinnamon and sugar, drizzled with chocolate sauce and served on puddles of caramel and banana pudding. The heavy cake consistency of the doughnuts contrasts well with their crunchy, sugary exteriors.

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Location Info

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Angels Trumpet Ale House

810 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Bink's Midtown

2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Don't care for PB in confections. My mother sometimes would make something called "Aunt Beulah's Pound Cake" when I was a kid. Pound of sugar, pound of eggs, pound of butter, pound of flour baked in a bundt pan. The finishing touch was to slice it thin and make sandwiches filled with chocolate. Possibly this might have been the most decadent dessert I ever encountered.


You did not mention the peanut butter cup pie at Bragg's Pie Factory Diner... amazingly delicious and dammed addictive.

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