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March 15, 2018

The Sweet Spot in Collegetown

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I like to consider myself a loyal customer to the dessert case at CTB, but I noticed a new place had opened, and how could I resist the flashing neon signs lighting up all of Eddy Street, boasting of sweet treats? I didn’t, and that’s when I found myself in Sweet Spot, the brightest and most colorful dessert spot in Ithaca and perhaps the world.

When I first walked in, it felt like I had entered a bag of Skittles. The walls were painted with rainbow stripes, and the stools at the tables were bright red. I was welcomed by three TV screens listing a multitude of options from ice cream to baklava to smoothies to freshly baked cookies. The owner (who also owns Oasis Halal Grill) was very friendly and allowed me to try a few treats, all of which I ate despite the protests from the Good Angel of Nutrition on my shoulder.

My first taste was a hefty slice of New York-style cheesecake that had a crumbly graham cracker crust and a smooth creamy cake. It had the perfect mildly sweet flavor with just a touch of tartness. There was a credit card minimum the cheesecake alone didn’t reach, and I didn’t have any cash on me, so a couple (four, actually) scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream were added to the plate. I ended up picking out the cookie dough chunks and left the ice cream part for my food associate. It tasted just like any other cookie dough ice cream I’ve ever eaten.

Halfway through the cheesecake, the owner brought out a warm chocolate chip cookie that I devoured in no time. It was a little crisp around the edges with a soft center and melty chocolate chips. I’m also a fiend for chocolate chip cookies, so I may have been biased.

Then, after the cookie was gone and my blood sugar started to spike, a small shortcake-like dessert was brought to us with a vanilla pudding filling topped with fresh blueberries and strawberry slices. I’m not the biggest fan of fruity desserts or pudding for that matter, but the combination of soft cake with the creamy pudding and the slight tang from the berries was an excellent combination.

While I loved every dessert we tasted and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun place to get dessert, the hours for Sweet Spot are unclear. There are no hours listed on the door, and I have only seen it open that one time. However, the cheesecake and small mountain of ice cream cost only $7, which is much cheaper than other dessert spots in Collegetown while still being equally delicious.

Serves: Desserts
Vibe: Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
Price: $
Overall: ★★★★☆