Seasons 52 is known for their changing menu, which reflects foods that are in season, but one of the highlights of a recent visit was their new Mini Indulgences desserts.
As the name implies, these desserts are tiny, served in a shot glass, but they are so full of flavor, you really don’t need a bigger size.
In order to give a proper review, we did, of course, have to sample all nine flavors currently on the menu. When they arrived at the table, Carol and I decided to sample them in order of lightest to heaviest, to build up our taste buds.
The Key Lime Meringue Pie featured a dollop of meringue on top of a key lime curd that was a perfect mixture of sweet and tart. It was layered with thin ribbons of graham cracker crust.
Next we tried the Blueberries with Lemon Curd, which had a handful of plump fresh (not frozen) blueberries mixed into the lemon curd, topped with a sprig of chervil. Another nice mixture of sweet and tart.
Third in line was the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cannoli, which I absolutely loved. Raspberry puree was layered with chocolate chip cannoli filling, and then topped with a miniature cannoli shell dusted lightly with cinnamon. It’s a bit strange to eat this Italian dessert deconstructed like this, but the taste was heavenly.
The Carrot Cake was next, featuring crumbled carrot cake alternating with layers of frosting, and topped with a piece of candied dry carrot, like a flag. What elevates this beyond typical carrot cake offerings is a layer of cinnamon-infused honey drizzled on top that adds a little somethin’-somethin’ to the dessert.
The Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Mousse was delicious, but you really have to be in the mood for a super sweet dessert. The pie filling was sitting on top of the mousse – to get the full balance of flavors required digging deep into the glass, but the taste was worth the mess.
We started making our way into the richer desserts with the Mocha Macchiato. It had a sweet marscapone base with house-baked chocolate cake, and an espresso mousse, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a chocolate straw. It reminded me a bit of a deconstructed tiramisu, with its chocolate and coffee flavors and the cream to balance it out. We both liked it.
The award for the most unusual combination of tastes went to the Butterscotch Budino with Salted Caramel. It was a glass filled with butterscotch pudding-like filling, topped with liquid caramel. What made it unusual was that on top of the caramel sat a dollop of sour cream covered in a sprinkle of Hawaiian black salt. It was hard to get all four flavors in one spoonful, but when we did, it was a nice balance of sweet and salty. You really gotta like butterscotch, though.
The eighth Mini Indulgence we tried was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte. If you love peanut butter and dark fudge chocolate, this is the one for you. It features layers of house-baked chocolate cake, peanut butter mousse, and chocolate peanut crunch, topped with salted peanuts and a piece of peanut crisp. It was a big hit with Carol.
The sampling ended with the Belgian Chocolate S’More. Oh yeah, chocolate fiends will love this one! It starts with a base of their house-baked chocolate cake, then a layer of chocolate mousse, and a layer of melted dark chocolate. Then they top it with a toasted marshmallow and a graham cracker dipped in chocolate. I subtitled it “Death by Chocolate.”
The amazing thing about all of these Mini Indulgences (besides how they pack so much flavor into a shotglass) is that, like everything else on Seasons 52 menu, each of these desserts is under 475 calories.
You’ll find these Mini Indulgences on the menu for only $2.75 a piece, so order a couple for your table and sample a bit of each one.
They also pair really well with wines on the Seasons 52 menu. During our sampling, we tried a Warre Otima 10 year Tawny Port from Portugal (which paired nicely with the lighter desserts), a Selbach-Oster Riesling Auslese from Germany (this paired nicely with the first three fruity desserts we tried), and a Catena Vista Flores Malbec from Argentina (this red paired nicely with the chocolate desserts).
Seasons 52 has two Orlando area locations in Dr. Phillips and Altamonte Springs. For directions, hours, and full menus, visit Seasons52.com.
Thanks to Seasons 52 for inviting us to try their Mini Indulgences. As always, all opinions are honest and solely reflect those of CitySurfing Orlando’s writers.
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