Dominique Crenn, chef of Luce, is currently one of the most successful experimenters of corn desserts in town. She recently hit a duo of dessert parties (SFChefs' Sugar Party and Project Open Hand's Dessert First benefit) with frighteningly delicious corn sweets. At the Sugar Party, Crenn sliced lobes of foie gras and topped them with white truffle powder, popcorn, corn sorbet, and corn espuma. At Dessert First, it was a layered parfait with cold corn soup, toasted corn, puffed caramelized rice, and cilantro.
Corn ice cream has been available for years at Fruitvale's Nieves Cinco de Mayo and has since made the leap into broader ice cream consciousness. Humphry Slocombe has been using sweet corn as a main flavor in ice cream, sometimes sandwiched between two soft raspberry cookies. Similarly, at the new Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz (from former Manresa pastry chef Kendra Baker), corn is blended with blackberries for a frozen treat. And for a grab-and-go corn dessert that won't melt quickly, we've been turning to Sweet Treaty, a dark chocolate-coated puffed corn snack made by S.F. companies Sweet Revolution and Kika's Treats.
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