Aphrodisiacs are loosely defined as any food or drink that stimulates romantic desire. Lucky for us, aphrodisiacs also happen to be some of the tastiest food and drinks around. Chocolate, chili peppers, watermelon, and pomegranate all make the cut. It’s almost as if aphrodisiacs are tailor-made for desserts.
To help us come up with some of the best dessert ideas that make ample use of aphrodisiac ingredients, we spoke with professional pastry chef and bonafide dessert expert Camilla Tinoco. Tinoco has worked with DB Bistro Moderne in Manhattan and contributed recipes to multiple books on how to make delicious pastry. She was excited to share her favorite desserts to make or order for your significant other to win some serious relationship points.
1. Dark chocolate Chili Truffles
These tasty truffles are made of creamy dark chocolate ganache mixed together with chili powder and coated with cocoa powder. They’re a wonderful combination of hot and sweet.
2. Pain d’épice
This is a traditional French cake made with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, aniseed, and honey. It’s hearty, easy to make, and good to the last slice.
3. Vanilla Crème Brûlée
This is a rich custard-based dessert traditionally flavored with vanilla and burned sugar on top to create a brown crust. It’s delicate, savory, and beautiful to behold, just like love itself.
4. Red Wine Poached Pear with Whipped Mascarpone
This dessert pear is poached in a syrup prepared with red wine and spices (cinnamon, ginger, peppercorn, cardamom, and cloves) and is served with whipped mascarpone. Just be sure to indulge responsibly.
5. Banana and Dark Chocolate Soufflé
This dessert is a baked egg-based dish, and it can be served as a savory main course or sweetened to be a dessert. As a chocolate banana dessert, it is made from a chocolate base and fresh banana pieces are mixed in before baking.
6. Watermelon and Sweet Basil Panna Cotta
This is a traditional Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin. The cream can be infused with fruits, spices, tea, and nuts to create a particular flavor. For this dessert, the cream is infused with watermelon and the finished dessert has a basil jelly on top.
7. Pomegranate and Pistachio Mille Feuille
This is two layers of puff pastry filled with pomegranate and pistachio pastry cream and topped with pomegranate seeds. When done right, it’s light, fluffy, and rich.
8. Coffee and Pumpkin Seed Eclair
This special dessert is eclair-filled with coffee pastry cream and crushed pumpkin seeds, as well as a chocolate coffee glaze. It’s great for Autumn or any time of year you want to feel cozy and warm.
9. Fig and Cardamom Pavlova with Whipped Cream
This one is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and a soft, light inside, and topped with roasted fig with cardamom seed. And don’t forget the whipped cream.
10. Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Walnuts Mendiant
This is a French confection made of a dark cacao chocolate disk, topped with nuts and dried fruits. It looks great and tastes even better.