He's toured with the Jonas Brothers, starred in the romantic classic The Princess Diaries (yup, he was Michael Moscovitz!), and been on the road non-stop with his longtime band he formed in high school, Rooney. And now Rooney lead singer Robert Schwartzman (also known as Bobby) is taking on a brand new role as J-14's first-ever Sweet Tooth Blogger.
While Rooney's traveling the country on their North American headlining tour in support of their new album Eureka, Robert is scouting out the best spots for desserts (yes, it was his idea -- how sweet.... literally!)... and rating them with his exclusive BST (Bobby Sweet Tooth) rating.
In his third entry, he hits up his fave spot in Cleveland, Ohio... check it out!
Place: Cleveland, OH
Bakery/Coffee Shop: Flannery's
Sweet Type: "Bridie's Cookie" (hot chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream)
Description: Your traditional hot clashing with cold treat...the cold topping the hot bottom layer. The chocolate cookie was not in one piece. It was broken into four sections and the ice cream was stacked on top with whip cream and a cherry to top it off. It was supposed to come with chocolate syrup, but I asked to keep it off. Usually, chocolate syrup additions take away from the main attraction. It's like listening to someone talk through a movie, the syrup just yaps and yaps all over your taste buds and then you miss the point. I will add that the only time I like syrup is when it's thick, like the chocolate fudge that's used in a McDonald's Sundae! So good!!! I would've preferred a simpler approach to an already simple dessert. Now, getting to the real stuff, the cookie was not warm. This is a HUGE no no when creating a hot/cold treat. If you're going to advertise a hot, soft cookie, then make a hot, soft cookie. I found this one to be hard and room temperature. Maybe it cooled on the way from the kitchen to the table, but I doubt it. I think they heated up a pre-cooked cookie and threw some ice cream on top. You can't get lazy with this stuff. Taking on the responsibility of a hot, soft cookie with ice cream on top is no small task or something to just rush. The temperature of the lower layer is so key, it can make or break the experience. I didn't care for the cherry on top either. This isn't a sundae, so what's the cherry for? I don't want fruit in the mix with my vanilla ice cream and cookies. It's like when fancy restaurants put fruit syrup around the plate to garnish the dessert. It just gets in the way, a flavor destroyer. Keep it simple, get to the point.
Texture: The cookie was tough; the ice cream was ice cream. The whipped blended with the ice cream and became that soupy, melted combo. It would have been better if they let the cookie cook in the skillet and then added the ice cream and whip. This was a pre-cooked cookie that was reheated and it drastically affected the texture of the cookie, big time.
B.S.T. Rating (Bobby Sweet Tooth) Rating: 4.8
Comments: Although I'm being super critical of this sweet, it did hit the spot. I needed to cool off, but I didn't want to completely ignore the heat. I needed a balance of hot and cold. What I got was warm and cold...not even warm, like medium warm. And when you add ice cream, it gets cold quickly, so you have to dive right in to get the right blend. Would I get this again, probably not. It's not easy to make this kind of dessert. It's all about the timing and heat management. I don't hold it against them for making it this way, I just would've hoped for better. I didn't eat the cherry 'cause I didn't agree with it being there. I'd like to find the perfect hot cookie with ice cream somewhere in this world. I know it's out there. I've had hot brownies with ice cream and the same rules apply. If the cookie or brownie isn't hot or soft enough, you just won't be working with a great piece.
And in case you missed it, check out Robert's last blog by clicking here.