After months of being tempted by Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding via Instagram, I finally had a chance to get a spoon into it. My previous visits to Magnolia were always for one of their famous cupcakes. I did, however, make my first break from this tradition two weeks ago when I had a blueberry jamboree bar at the Rockefeller Center location.
Magnolia's banana pudding is available in peanut butter, chocolate, and classic flavors. Luckily for me, I was with a friend this weekend so we decided to get one chocolate and one classic for ahem...research purposes.
The classic flavor had swirls of crushed vanilla wafers while the chocolate had crumbles of Oreos and both were packed with slices of fresh bananas.We took alternating spoonfuls of each flavor, trying to decide which one we liked better. This was of course, a vital part of our research process. Surprisingly, the classic was sweeter than chocolate version. While both were delicious and deserving of their hype, the chocolate banana pudding was more subtle in its flavoring and therefore a little more enjoyable. The moral of this Magnolia's story though is that you can't go wrong with either flavor, so get out there and go bananas.
Okay, I did not set out to turn this page into a blog about doughnuts but here we are, with back-to-back doughnut-related content and you know what? Sometimes life is just that good.
Last night, I attended the media preview for Donutology, Kansas City's newest doughnut shop. Venturing into the Westport District's saturated dessert market, Donutology is an experiment in itself – and it is supposed to be. There's toppings in oversized beakers, concentric rings decorating the walls that look vaguely scientific and then there's the way you order. You're the so-called scientist, using an order form with everything from maple icing and bacon bits to strawberry sauce and from loops – synthesize your creation by choosing from three categories: drizzles, toppings and icing.
By Kathryn Greene