Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasure: Candy-Topped Pie You Can Drink With a Straw

A banana cream pie version of the Show Stopper.
A banana cream pie version of the Show Stopper. Courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho
The Guilty Pleasure: A creamy milkshake loaded with a rotating lineup of things like pie, chocolate, and fruit, all adorned with candy
Where to Get It: Café ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale
Price: $14
What it Really Costs: An existential crisis over the definition of pie and milkshake 

The majestic concoction known as the Show Stopper arrives on its own tray at Hotel Valley Ho’s Café ZuZu. The platter is lined with parchment, garnished with bits of pie crust (we’ll get to that in a minute) and perfect, diminutive white chocolate chunks.

An edible straw is plunged into the depths of this creamy dessert. Changed up on a near-weekly basis to include seasonal fruit, decadent desserts, or timely specialties like a chocolate version showcased when the Mars Candy folks visited the hotel; on my visit we were treated to a peach cobbler version of the Show Stopper.

click to enlarge Peaches and Cream Show Stopper - COURTESY OF HOTEL VALLEY HO
Peaches and Cream Show Stopper
Courtesy of Hotel Valley Ho

It’s both lovely and overwhelming to look at. Your teeth start aching a bit upon its arrival. What’s inside, however, is not as icky-sweet as it appears.

Big chunks of soft, ripe peaches are surrounded by a rich, creamy vanilla ice cream. Crumbles of crust give it some nice texture. But it remains wholly a milkshake — this is not a cup of pie.

Sugary, peach-flavored gummy rings were left on the tray in favor of the other sweet components. I suggest you ask for spoons and extra straws.
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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