Les Sucreries de l'Érable's caramel cookies claimed second place in Best of the West's sweet treat competition this week.
Foregoing any type of sensible dietary recommendations, Best of the West's rotating roster of judges gave themselves a sugar rush this week to figure out which of West Island's sweet treats is worth an extra tooth filling or two. As usual, three finalists were chosen according to readers who nominated both places and their favourite dessert there.
In third place, with 387 out of a total of 500 points, came Broadway Cheesecake, a well-known cheesecake specialist on St. Charles Boulevard North in a strip mall almost right off the 40 West highway.
The bistro was tested on its traditional Broadway cheesecake, as well as its Ferrero Rocher cheesecake, which a clerk described as far and away its best-seller. "It's yummy anytime of the day," said Albert Kramberger, editor of <@Ri>The Chronicle<@$P>, in his remarks.
Digital sales representative Justine Cotton added "it was really tasty."
It was a particularly tight battle for first place between the remaining two contestants, who were only separated in the final tally by a single point, completely unprecedented in Best of the West's two-year history so far.
In second place came Les Sucreries de l'Érable, a cookie and sweets bakery based in Dollard des Ormeaux's West Island Market on De Salaberry Boulevard. With 468 points out of a possible 500, it won praise all around for its caramel cookies.
Sales co-ordinator Irene Burda was so beside herself with excitement she invented an alphanumeric grading system to praise the sweets, writing "A1 for freshness!"
Bureau chief Toula Foscolos noted the cookie was "sweet but not too sweet." "A great after-school treat," said sales co-ordinator Talia D'Costa, adding the cookie was "fresh, chewy and altogether yummy."
However, Cheaters, a dessert bar located in the same mall as its second-place rival, squeezed out of the contest with a single-point victory with 469 points for its Ferrero Rocher chocolate cake. "Smooth, tasty, and so sweet!" Said Cotton, while Burda noted it had "just the right amount of chocolate and sweetness."
Foscolos thought it was "moist and tasty."
Judges individually graded the three finalists in five different categories worth 20 points each, for a total of 100 points. The scores were added up to reach 500 points. Categories were sweetness, taste, quality of ingredients, freshness and appearance.
Our judges repent for their sinful indulgences by going green this week as they taste the area's best salad. It's not too late for you to send your nominations for the next category, and a very unique one at that: best garden. Have one you are particularly fond of? Or do you think your neighbour deserves a shot? Snap a picture or two and send them along to news director Marc Lalonde at email@example.com. You can also send in your nominations to the categories appearing in later weeks. Check <@Ri>The Chronicle<$p>'s print edition on the following dates to find out who the winners are: best salad (June 17), backyard garden (send in your photo) (June 24), late night eats (July 1), community pool (July 8), steak (July 15), pasta dish (July 25), bagels (Aug. 5), breakfast ( Aug. 12), sandwich (Aug. 19), readers' choice (you pick the topic) (Aug. 26)