The Culinary Corner presents Desserts!

Today, we’re talking desserts!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

J. Edwards offers up a large assortment of tasty cakes!

I’m going to start with Kokomo’s king of
dessert . . . J. Edwards.  This fine establishment is located at 2106 W. Sycamore Road.  There is a huge assortment of goodies to choose from, such as the carrot cake, cookies, and éclairs to name a few.  However, my focus will be on the Banana Split Cake – three layers of greatness!  It’s exactly what the name insinuates.  It stands almost a foot tall, with layers of banana, strawberry, and chocolate cakes.  The icing is sugar creamy goodness.  I’ve always been a chocolate cake lover at birthday time, but next December 26 (my birthday), I’ll be requesting a Banana Split Cake from J. Edwards.  Check out their homemade chocolates.  Wow, that’s the only word that will describe all those chocolate goodies.  I hope by the time you read this article, they will have those delicious deluxe caramel apples back.

It’s the beginning of Fall, but ice cream is always a favorite.  Scoops, located at 1231 W. Jefferson and 408 Arrow Street, has a variety of ice cream treats to please everyone.  From Super Man to Butter Pecan or even sugar-free choices, this ice cream parlor has become a family favorite of locals.  My favorite is Bear Claw.  Hmmmm . . . rich chocolate ice cream with caramel ribbons and nuts!  Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Ok, I know I’m getting a bit carried away, but it’s my all time favorite ice cream.

Next up is the signature dessert at Pastarrific, located on Kokomo’s Southside at 3001 S. Webster Street.  I had never had Crème Brulee, but this was an unexpected treat.  This custard-style dessert is awesome.  It has a caramelized sugar atop creamy custard with sweet sauce drizzle.  As we all know, Pastarrific is one of Kokomo’s restaurants of choice, but next time you go, save room for dessert.

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

The Quarry's Chocolate Layered Cake

Once again, the new kid on the block makes the list.  Voted as Kokomo’s favorite Patio Spot for best atmosphere in last month’s issue, The Quarry, located at 2130 W. Sycamore Street, has a Chocolate Layered Cake to die for.  Chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, hot fudge, whipped cream, and ice cream.  OMG!  Natalie, my server, informed me that everything is homemade, even the whipped cream and ice cream.  She tried to tempt me with a Snickers Frozen Pie and a Blueberry Cheesecake, by placing ALL three of these scrumptious desserts in front of me.  Ok, I can’t lie.  I did try all three, but I had back up with me.  My husband, who never eats desserts, downed the Chocolate Cake, and then had the nerve to ask for milk.  My friend, Anton, hovered over the Cheesecake like a kid over a cereal bowl!  Needless to say, all three desserts were super fantastic. 

Due to my waistline, I only visited a few local establishments seeking great desserts, but I’m sure there are great sweet treats all around town.

Next issue we will explore Kokomo’s favorite local pizza joints.  Leave a comment and let me know where you go for great pizza!

Kim Morgan,
Kokomo Visitors Bureau

2009 Kokomo Oktoberfest

The Bavarian Showtime Band entertains children in the crowd

The Bavarian Showtime Band entertains children in the crowd

Mark your calendars!  Oktoberfest will be held on Friday, September 25 in Downtown Kokomo on the Courthouse Square.  Enjoy brats, hotdogs, sauerkraut, German potato salad, chips, and drinks from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Entertainment will be provided by the Rhum Academy of Music during lunch. 

The full festival will be open from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm.  Admission is free.  Enjoy German food served in the food tent and German and domestic beers offered in the beer garden.  Jay Fox & the Bavarian Showtime Band will perform authentic Bavarian Schuhplatting (German shoe-slap dancing), yodeling, and other great audience participation specialties.  Vendors will be selling items such as ice cream, kettle corn, pumpkins, and strawberry shortcakes.  Face painting, inflatables, and kid’s games will also be offered. 

The City of Kokomo will have 9 snowplows on display.  Each one has been painted by local students, competing in the City’s 4th Annual Snowplow Painting Contest.  The winner will be announced and awards will be given at 6:15 pm.   

VW Cruise-in at Kokomo Oktoberfest

VW Cruise-in at Kokomo Oktoberfest

Also, don’t forget to check out the 5th Annual Roger S. Wright Memorial Volkswagen Cruise-in.  Over 100 Volkswagens were on display during last year’s event.  Do you have a VW you would like to display?  Just bring it down to Sycamore & Buckeye Streets.  Registration is free and starts at 4:00 pm.  Come and enjoy all of the great Volkswagens lining the downtown streets!

People enjoy the Volkswagen Cruise-in on a wonderful Fall evening

People enjoy the Volkswagen Cruise-in on a wonderful Fall evening in Downtown Kokomo

This affordable event is great for the entire family and a fun way to enjoy the start of Fall.  Join us on September 25 in Downtown Kokomo as we celebrate Oktoberfest!  For more information, call the Kokomo Downtown Association, 765-454-7926.

Guffey Acres Farm Provides Loads of Family Fun

Guffey Acres Get Lost

New in the Kokomo area, Guffey Acres Corn Maze is sure to be a hit this Fall for those looking for family-friendly attractions.  To make your way through this 5+ acres corn maze, you will have to solve silly riddles and answer goofy clues along the way.       

Guffey Acres Aerial

In addition to the corn maze, there are a number of other attractions also available for all ages, including a pumpkin patch, hayrides, barnyard barrel train, mini hay bale maze, fall mums, straw mountain, tube slide, goat walk, and much more!  A wide variety of concessions are available to purchase as well.

Guffey Acres Corn Maze is available for birthday parties, field trips, and provides special rates for groups of 15 or more.  Check out their website for more information!

Guffey Acres Farm: 1603 North 400 West (located just West of Kokomo)
Open: September 25 – October 31
Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:00-8:00 pm, Friday 3:00-10:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-10:00 pm, Closed Sunday
Corn Maze Admission: $6.00
Attractions Admission: $4.00
Combo Admission (Corn Maze & All Attractions): $8.00
Children 2 & under free
Phone: 765-864-0006
Website: www.GuffeyAcres.com

Guffey Acres Name LogoYou can pick up $1 off combo admission coupons at the Kokomo Visitors Bureau on U.S. 31 North.  Make plans with friends and family to visit Guffey Acres this year!