“They’re good, but they’re bad for you”- Zoe Loitz ‘21

This profound statement truly encompasses how many of us feel when it comes to desserts. Ice cream, cookies, cake, popsicles, pastries or pie- just pick your poison.

It’s no secret that Denison is working to improve food quality and options, something that was lacking last year. Particularly, I have noticed efforts being made when it comes to expanding the dessert selection. As some of you may have already noticed, Slayter has added a freezer-full of sweet treats that include ice cream and popsicles. Upon discovering this, my roommates and I immediately purchased two pints, one chocolate and the other vanilla. Although the ice cream had melted a bit on the extensive walk back to East Quad, I still found the consistency of Velvet ice cream to be too thin and airy. It is safe to say I will not be purchasing ice cream from Slayter again.

There is, however, an alternative available if you do not want to commit to buying an entire pint. Individual cups of Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream are also located in the same freezer. I have tried this, as well and felt that the quality was on-par, if that. Although to be fair, vanilla ice cream is not a very satisfying thing to eat after a night out at the Sunnies.

Let’s move on to Curtis: I have had many decent cookies at the Curtis dining hall. Every oatmeal raisin cookie I have had there has been delicious. Yes, oatmeal raisin. I honestly do not understand why this kind of cookie is so unpopular because it is truly one of the best. This is definitely a controversial statement, but I’d take oatmeal raisin over chocolate chip any day.

Not only does Curtis offer outstanding oatmeal raisin cookies, but recently I had a delicious one labeled as “vanilla cheesecake.” I put this in quotes because they so closely resembled Mexican Wedding cookies that I’m thinking they might be the same thing. They had that same, sensational melt-in-your-mouth feeling covered in powdered sugar. Nonetheless, they were incredible. Is anything bad with powdered sugar on top?  

As I said before, we all know people aren’t coming to Denison for the food, but this does not mean we do not recognize the tireless efforts made by those that prepare it. So by way of writing about the quality and variety of dessert options on Denison’s campus, I want to acknowledge those that make these options possible. Now thanks to the wide range of dessert choices, Denison is the place to find the right dessert for you!