Walking into Essential Chocolate Desserts, I was overwhelmed with choices! The rich chocolate brownie sample only made my decision harder. I was intrigued, though, by the giant, thick, chocolate-covered cookie shaped object in the front of the case. It was described as a variation of a moonpie. For those of you who don't know what a moonpie is, it is a soft graham cracker cookie sandwich filled with marshmallow cream and covered in chocolate. The moonpie at Essential Chocolate Desserts is a layer of marshmallow between two chocolate chip cookies that is then dipped in chocolate. I HAD to try it!
As you know, I have a hard time calling desserts too sweet or too rich. I was looking forward to devouring the entire moonpie, but alas, I could not. I saved the other half for the next night, and it stayed perfectly fresh. The cookies were soft and thick. The marshmallow cream was gooey and sticky but did not melt or drip. The chocolate coating was thick and did not melt. I will be making my own version of these soon!
The Moonpie is $7.00. Regular cookies are $1.50. Their website (http://essentialchocolate.com/) includes pricing for their other specialty treats (brownies, snack cakes, macaroons, cupcakes, etc). Be sure to order in advance or go earlier in the day since they do run out of items.
Essential Chocolate Desserts is located at 10868 West Washington Boulevard in Culver City. There is even a little seating area if you prefer to eat your treat immediately.