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Top 5 Chocolate Desserts

BY Lauren Staehle | December 8, 2016 | Feature Features

This holiday season, cap off a great meal with one of these these salty, spicy or savory chocolate indulgences.
Fiola Mare's marchesi, with Amedei chocolate, basil, salted pistachios in a rich chocolate terrine.

1. Marchesi at Fiola Mare
Dark, luscious Amedei chocolate—imported from Tuscany—acts as a blank canvas for pastry masters Brandon Malzahn and Romain Cornu to add their artistic touch. Bright basil and salted pistachios build a savory, herbaceous flavor against the sinfully rich chocolate terrine. $16, 3050 K St. NW, 202.628.0065

2. Chocolate Caliente at Oyamel
Warm up with the cozy flavors of cinnamon, vanilla and cloves in this rich, bold version of a classic comfort. Mexican chocolate and cinnamon add a slightly spicy heat that fades into a warm tingle with each sip. $4, 401 Seventh St. NW, 202.628.1005

3. Ice Cream Sundae at The Partisan
This is one chocolate bomb you’ll want to share with your Valentine. Piles of vanilla, chocolate and peanut-butter ice cream are topped with savory pork-fat caramel, peanuts, crunchy bacon popcorn and, of course, a gooey stream of chocolate sauce. $20, 709 D St. NW, 202.524.5322

4. White Chocolate Red Tea Mousse at Brabo
East meets West in this artfully balanced dessert featuring miso cake, tangy yuzu curd and a red tea-infused white chocolate mousse. Concord grape sorbet is a refreshingly tart palate-cleanser between each sweet bite. $11, 1600 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.894.3440

5. Churros with Chocolate Sauce at Barcelona Wine Bar
Sugar and spice make everything nice, including long crisp tubes of fried dough served French-fry style with a hearty portion of chocolate sauce for dipping. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the warm heat that lingers after eating these classic Spanish treats. $8, 1622 14th St. NW, 202.588.5500

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