Dessert Goals NYC Delivered the Sweetest of Sundays in LIC
Over the weekend, Dessert Goals came back for their 6th Annual Dessert Fest in NYC, taking over Sound River Studios in Long Island City. Dessert Goals boasted an even more impressive list of vendors than ever before, including the likes of Dough, Brooklyn Floss, Spoonable Spirits, Squish Marshmallow, and Royce Chocolates - and this barely scratches the surface of sweet shops.
Music & Mojitos joined the party on Sunday, and we’re here to give you the scoop on all the sweetness we uncovered in LIC.
First off, we advise having a strategy. Consult your map and figure out which vendors you want to check out first, because desserts do sell out. We think an hour and a half was the perfect amount of time to do a preliminary lap and scope out the vendors before deciding what to indulge in.
And indulge we did.
We took a couple of laps to check out the vendors and stock up on our free goodies at the Salt Bar. The Popchips were the perfect counterbalance to all that sugary sweetness in which we were about to partake.
Then, we made our first purchase of the day at Baked in Color. The owner, Julie Dugoff Waxman, was as sweet as her rainbow colored chocolate chip cookies! We ended up with a couple of equally-dazzling brownie bites, with the perfect fudgy texture which was complimented by the crunch of chocolate chips on top. The best part is that the dyes used to color the cookies were completely flavorless, so you could enjoy the rainbow without having to taste the rainbow. We say that’s a win-win.
Next stop was Jessie’s Nutty Cups. As HUGE peanut butter and chocolate fans, we knew we couldn’t leave without sampling some of her homemade peanut butter cups - and sample we did! Jessie let us try her house made peanut butter filling, and we were instantly hooked. We took a custom four-pack of nutty cups to go, which included white chocolate peanut butter and jelly, dark chocolate sea salt, cookie butter and peanut butter combo, and funfetti.
At this point, we had to take a break from all the sweets and wash it down with something a little bit healthier, in the form of Harmless Harvest’s organic coconut water. Harmless Harvest was a truly surprising delight! I had never enjoyed coconut water before, but this was both light and refreshing, without that cloying aftertaste that other brands of coconut water so often have. Plus, Harmless Harvest coconut water is naturally millennial pink in color due to oxidation, which makes it even more fun to drink, especially if you’re a twenty-something female. Call me a sucker, but I am judging this drink by its color.
After our “health fix” we took a lap around the room, snapped a few selfies at some of the awesome Insta-worthy photo spots, and then made our way over to Posh Pretzels. I’d heard of Posh Pretzels before, but because they are a popup and don’t have a storefront shop (yet), you can only purchase them at events. I knew I had to jump on the chance immediately, especially when I saw that two of their flavors really spoke to me: Stuffed PB&J Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and Caramel + Coconut Chocolate Covered Pretzels. We got one of each and were nothing less than delighted by these decadent treats.
Our last stop of the day was at Baked, a specialty bakery selling cheesecake bars (chilled cheesecakes dipped in pastel-covered chocolate and colorful chocolate drizzle) and funfetti sprinkle cake.
We stopped here for the sheer, childlike pleasure of rainbow sprinkles - the cake looked like a perfect utopian vision of a birthday cake at a six year old girl’s Lisa Frank themed party. We got a couple of slices (how I wish we had room to try the cheesecake bars, too!) to take for the road.
We would have loved to have the time, money, and stomach to try everything, but alas, we were only able to sample a few. Other vendors that seemed extremely popular were Matcha N’ More, a soft-serve ice cream vendor gilding their green-colored cones with an edible gold leaf; and Rebecca’s Cake Pops, which were serving up colorful bouquets of fantastical cake pop creatures.
We have to applaud the efficiency of the Dessert Goals organizers. Tickets were timed and guests knew exactly what to expect and when their time was up. The place was also decked out with pastels and glitter and rainbows, with a fun pop soundtrack to keep the party atmosphere going.
Dessert Goals worked with a host of amazing partners to bring together some fabulous freebies, including delicious cold brew from Chameleon, Boxed Water, Red Vines + Sour Punch, Sparkling Ice, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream (their strawberry and mango flavors were SO good!), and Lyft. Pro-Tip: If you’re eyeing tickets for next year and plan on taking a Lyft out to semi-remote Sound River Studios, pick an earlier time slot. The Lyft promo code was all used up by our entry time on Sunday. That being said, the location was not a deterrent at all. In fact, it was a huge plus - the weather was great, so we actually sat outside at some of the picnic tables and took in the stunning views of the Queensboro Bridge over the East River leading into the Manhattan skyline. It was the perfect way to end an even sweeter day.