Food Adventure: 5 Unexpected Desserts


An all-new lineup of culinary oddities, unique finds and hidden gems. Our dining critic journeys into the bizarre, healthy, spirited, “who knew” and just plain cool and delicious.

Mochi Dochi
Lake Nona
Japanese donuts made from chewy Japanese rice flour, ring shaped, fried and topped with purple yam ube, cookie butter, churro flavors and more, within the Boxi shipping container restaurant park.;

FrutaMix Mexican Kitchen
Winter Garden
Fresh fruit paletas (Mexican popsicles), ice cream and tropical fruit salads to go with a classic nacho, burrito and torta menu.

Ice & Bites Café
Off University Boulevard, just west of UCF
Taiyaki fish-shaped cakes stuffed with taro ice cream or fried chicken, hot Cheeto rice cakes, and the fantasy of cotton candy-topped espresso and gelato affogato are just some of the inventive treats.

Saba Bakes
Winter Springs
Mohsen Tehrani brings three generations of Iranian baking to Winter Springs, producing a variety of Iranian, Middle Eastern and French pastries. This may be the only place for Persian puff pastry treats called zaban (“tongue,” for the shape), brushed with honey and rose water and lovely with tea; clover-shaped nokhodchi cookies of chickpea flour, cardamom and pistachio; deep-fried bamieh donuts drenched in sugar syrup; or soft latifeh cookies filled with whipped cream.

Black Cat Baked Goods
A new vendor at the Audubon Park Market (she’s been in business for less than four months), Angela Smith‘s “cottage micro-bakery” specializes in wild yeast sourdough breads of extraordinary complexity and flavor. Her sweet tooth, however, is just as practiced, with Black Cat featuring such lovelies as orange and fennel shortbread, almond biscotti, fruit pies and extra crumb coffee cake.