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The Craziest, Most-Over-the-Top Desserts in the Country

When it comes to sweets you can't go wrong with simplicity, but let's be real, the perfect dessert should be so eye-catching that it makes your tongue roll out like a cartoon character. So we've scoured the world for some of the most over-the-top culinary creations, be prepared to feel an ache in your sweet tooth.

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The Chocolate Horchata Mega-Shake at The Peached Tortilla (Austin, Texas)

One of Austin, Texas' great food-trailer success stories, fusion-taco slingers The Peached Tortilla have graduated to a brick-and-mortar business where they can finally showcase their sweeter side with a monthly over-the-top milkshake. Previous incarnations have included doughnut holes, muffins and tiny pies, but one of the very best was the Chocolate Horchata Mega-Shake, a riff on the traditional Mexican milk and cinnamon beverage plus a chocolate doughnut, whipped cream and a rim of sprinkles.

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Smore's Melt at Ms. Cheezious (Miami)

There are few things more classically comforting than a grilled cheese. Ms. Cheezious makes some of Miami's meltiest sandwiches, but whether you order the Frito Pie Melt or the Southern Fried Chicken & Waffle Melt, you should save room for dessert. S'mores is a sandwich-ified version of the campfire classic, complete with roasted marshmallows, salted chocolate-hazelnut spread and graham cracker crumble between two slices of sourdough.

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Bourbon Aficionado at 610 Magnolia (Louisville, Kentucky)

Louisville institution 610 Magnolia honors the South throughout their menu, including at dessert. Chef/owner Edward Lee breaks down Kentucky bourbon's flavors and components in a dessert called the Bourbon Aficionado. It starts with a base of whiskey butter cake that's topped with aerated butterscotch, dehydrated chocolate shards, maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels; brown butter ice cream; freeze-dried corn powder; and smoked wood from bourbon barrels for aroma. It's a dessert that's anything but old-fashioned.

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Birthday Cake Soufflé at The Forge (Miami Beach, Florida)

The humble soufflé can swing sweet or savory, but few places take it to the limits quite like The Forge. This Florida steakhouse has mastered the egg-based French potted pastry, serving around 300,000 over its 50-year history. They currently offer classic chocolate, s'mores, and a boozy Grand Marnier version, but for special occasions there's no better order than the off-menu Birthday Cake, a delicious flashback that tastes like an elementary school class party. Thankfully, they leave off the trick candles.

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