Name three desserts right now without thinking about it. What did you say? Cupcakes? Cookies? Ice Cream? You forgot one very overlooked dessert...Créme Caramel. Did you know that there is an entire shop dedicated to making incredible créme caramel? Créme Caramel LA! Located in Sherman Oaks, this petite custard shop and bakery is dedicated to making the best tasting desserts that have nothing to do with cupcakes! They do have some impressive bread pudding flavors, but that's as close to cake as it gets.
If it's your first time in, be prepared for a good five minutes of sampling! I was offered tastes of nearly every custard and upside down pie they had! Obviously the classic créme caramel was a winner.
Other custard samples included:
- Ube (Purple Yam, Upside Down Pie)
- Buko Pandan (Young Coconut Pandan, Upside Down Pie)
- Mexican Hot Chocolate (Made with ghost pepper – one of the hottest peppers!)
- Chocolate Créme Caramel
- Manila Mango
I did not try any of the bread puddings, but they looked incredible and can be prepared so many ways! These are just a few!
- Original (brioche and challah mix with special custard topped with Salted Caramel sauce)
- Mocha Chocolate Chip
- Caramelized Bacon
- Glazed Donut with Seasonal Fruit (Made with Glazed Donuts)*
In house, the specialty flavors of custards and bread pudding vary daily, but you can always get the classics! Other menu items include, strata, upside down pies, and even vegan custards...and delicious coffees and teas! It is encouraged that you call ahead if you are looking for something specific.
After all of the sampling I did, it was hard to make a decision! I went with the chocolate créme caramel. The chocolatey smoothness was medium dark in flavor. Not too bitter and not too sweet. The drizzle of caramel sauce over the top was light, not too thick, making for the perfect bite.
Overall Rating: ****
Créme Caramel LA appears at weekly farmer's markets and have an excellent catering department!
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Crème Caramel LA Custard Dessert Bakery [coffee] [eats] [sweets] Hours: Tues.-Sun. 8a.m. – 4p.m. | Closed Mon. 14849 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411 (818) 949-8352 | firstname.lastname@example.org