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Best Dessert 

1st place | Bontà Gelato

Photos by Erik Ellingson

Photos by Erik Ellingson

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Serving up hand-crafted, artisan gelato and sorbets that trump all other desserts, Bontà Gelato sources its ingredients from farms and companies like Rainshadow Organics, Miracle Acre Farm, Tumalo Lavender, Jem Nut Butter, Freddy Guys Hazelnuts, Thump Espresso and Eberhard's.

Much like they have done since their start in 2011 at NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, the Bontà team makes its own "base" at its dairy creamery on Wilson Avenue each day, using fresh pasteurized milk and cream.

When it comes to "dealer's choice," the Dulce de Leche with Sea Salt takes the hand. It's crafted daily by reducing milk, cream and sugar for nine hours. Other popular flavors are the Vanilla Bourbon Pecan made with Oregon Spirit Distillers Bourbon, Brown Butter Chocolate, Stracciatella (a sweet cream gelato with Theo 70% dark chocolate folded in) and Peanut Butter with Theo Fudge.

Vegans will enjoy flavors made with organic coconut milk, including Chocolate Coconut, Toasted Coconut and Espresso Coco Chip.

You can purchase your pints at stores throughout the Northwest and locally at Newport Market, Whole Foods, Food4Less, CE Lovejoys, Market of Choice and Central Oregon Locavore, as well as the downtown retail shop that opened in 2015.

Bontà Gelato

920 NW Bond, Ste 108, Bend

541-306-6606 & 541-728-3433

2nd Place: La Magie Bakery & Cafe

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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