On a recent trip to Salty City, I was super stoked to find on HappyCow that there was not only a bevy of vegan-friendly eateries at my disposal, but a freaking VEGAN BAKERY just around the corner from where I was staying. I of course made it a point to trek down to the nom-ery in the snow, and I was greatly rewarded for my arduous journey.
This place was awesome! Not only did they house a gorgeous display of drool-worthy ‘cakes, cookies, and Dillos (more on those later), but they had all manner of yummy vegan goodies: FYH Vegan Gourmet cheese, imported Sheese, Sjaak’s chocolates, and of course hot coffee and tea. It was exactly what I needed to defrost my cold, black heart. The pièce de résistance, however, was the Dillo. Just look at this monster.
What, you may be asking, the hell are Dillos? Dillos (I pronounce it “di-yos,” as in aye dios mio) are wonderfully delicious creme-filled spongey cake torpedos reminiscent of Twinkies, but cruelty-free and OMG SO GOOD. I got the ChocoDillo, and I’m not kidding when I say this thing made my eyes roll back in my head like one of those creepy dolls you found at the bottom of the toy box in the thrift store and its hair was mostly ripped out and it had only one shoe and its arms were on backwards and it smelled vaguely of wild animal urine and its voicebox was on its last garbled battery so it sounded like possessed backwards Russian when you shook it. Anyway. This thing was intense.
I was expecting something overly sweet and artificial, but this baby tasted surprisingly light. It had just the right level of bright sweetness and rich creme filling, and the sponge cake surrounding it was exceptional. The chocolate, of course, kicked all kinds of ass too. I recall at one point saying something like “oh mah guh” while gleefully chomping it down. It really surpassed my expectations. I could have eaten about five more of them, easy.
Lucky for me, a RazDillo (think a Zinger but with a cooler name) was also at my disposal. I’ve never been a huge fan of shredded coconut, but I’ve got to say, this was pretty delicious. My heart belongs to the ChocoDillo, of course, but that doesn’t mean a girl can’t keep her options open.
By then we were reasonably stuffed so didn’t have room to try any of the awesome-looking cupcakes, but I think it’s a safe bet that they were similarly bitchin’ awesome. The guy working the counter was super friendly and made me a delicious cup of chai, too!
If you end up in Salt Lake City, definitely check out Cakewalk’s storefront. There’s apparently also a pickup-only location in Woods Cross, UT, and of course you can get Dillos online at a number of vegan retailers. ¡Viva el Dillo!
434 S 900 E Salt Lake City, UT 84102