The Kick Ass Thing: Red Velvet "Ding Dong"
Thoughts: You've probably enjoyed Essential Chocolate Desserts before without even knowing it - the Culver City bakery supplies many of the city's best coffee shops with their pastries and muffins. That doesn't mean it's not worth making a visit to their Washington Blvd. headquarters though. Packed to the brim with a wondrous array of chocolate truffles, cookies, cakes and Lappert's ice cream, you really cannot go wrong. You can, however, go totally, totally right with their Red Velvet "Ding Dong." It's an indulgent massive square brick of red velvet cake and vanilla buttercream, surrounded by a thick-ish layer of housemade dark chocolate. With the buttercream and dark chocolate it offers touches of adulthood, but let's be honest, it's your childhood all over again - minus braces and puberty. So... screw Hostess, for Ding Dongs go to ECD because it's the Best-ess... ((That sounded good in my head.))
Awesome: Hawaiian ice cream company Lappert's makes a special Red Velvet flavor just for ECD using their own red velvet cake.