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CHOICE Dessert reigns.

DESSERT used to be something we enjoyed at the end of a meal out - but 2017 is officially the year of the dessert restaurant in Liverpool.

No longer is pudding the afterthought following dinner - last year, dessert became the main event.

At the end of 2016, Kaspa's opened and was just the tip of a cream-covered iceberg.

Many places specifically serving sweet treats opened in the city last year and have proved hugely successful.

From waffles to ice cream and cheesecakes - we've been spoilt for choice.

Here we look back at just some of the new restaurants we welcomed in 2017.

| Icestone Gelato One of the biggest restaurants to open last year was the 150-seater Icestone Gelato - above Five Guys, in Queen Square.

The premier dessert restaurant makes its own fresh gelato every day and serves up a selection of waffles, cookie dough and other sweet treats.

Belgian waffles, hot cookie dough, crepes, fondue, profiteroles, cheesecakes and more are available alongside milkshakes, smoothies and mocktails.

And, for those who miss the good old days, the menu even has a "back to school" section which features traditional hot dinner-style school puddings with custard.

If you still can't choose, then you create your own dessert and mix it up on Icestone Gelato's granite stone.

| Puffle Waffle In October last year, we welcomed Puffle Waffle to the Albert Dock - which introduced the city to Hong Kong's most popular takeaway delicacy - the bubble waffle.

The egg waffle cone is filled with little pockets that can be filled with wacky and wonderful flavours.

Whether you have a sweet tooth or you're a savoury-seeker, Puffle Waffle has something for you, from Italian gelato, to super-sized meatballs.

The bubble waffle concept has now been picked up across the world but creator Kenneth Cheung believes his are the best as he uses an age-old, traditional recipe created by his late grandfather.

| Creams Cafe, above, opened in Liverpool ONE last month.

Creams is a nationwide chain, with over 60 branches across the UK - and is thought to be one of the leaders in the dessert restaurant revolution.

The chain, which opened its first branch in 2008, is best-known for its freakshakes and bubblepop waffles, and brought a variety of these to the Liverpool branch.

| Heavenly Desserts first opened in Birmingham in 2008 and set up shop in Liverpool at the start of November last year, on The Strand.

This parlour prides itself on offering a more relaxed dining experience - that isn't primarily focused on catering to kids.

Sweet treats on offer include Ferrero Rocher cookie dough, the signature waffle with strawberries, chocolate and strawberry sauce and finished off with gelato - it's called "I'll Have What She's Having".

For the traditionalists, a classic Victoria sponge, chocolate fondant or handmade French artisan slices are also available; with a range of fresh coffees, milkshakes and mocktails to wash it all down.

A huge range of teas is also on offer - with special flowering teas a particular highlight.

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Icestone makes its own fresh gelato every day

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2018
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