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Desserts: A Dining Hall Highlight

Kai covers an underrated part of the Carleton experience: loading up every meal on delectable desserts.

Kai covers an underrated part of the Carleton experience: loading up every meal on delectable desserts.

So you think you know Carleton: it’s a great school, a community of smart and friendly people learning from and with each other. But what you may not know is the incredible variety of dessert choices we have on campus–we even have the Dacie Moses House, a house dedicated to baking cookies (here’s a previous post on our very own cookie house!).

Now, despite being a college athlete, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Of course, my meals are quite healthy. Maybe it’s a topic for a future post, but I’ve been able to eat a good amount of fruit for breakfast, as well as salad from the salad bar for lunch and dinner. I just can’t help but supplement these meals with a little treat from the dessert bars at the Language and Dining Center (LDC) and Burton (our two main dining halls), or picking up a tasty pastry from one of the three cafes on campus.

Soft-serve machine at the LDC, available daily? Come on now. And this is if I don’t make it into town to Cakewalk or The Blast (legendary for very affordable but huge portions of ice cream, even for their small cones). Enough talking though; hopefully the pictures* below do the desserts justice, but don’t make your mouth water too much!

*See the gallery at the end of the post for even more pictures of the dining halls’ delicious desserts.

French Silk Pie
French Silk Pie
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake











Unfortunately, some desserts I’ve just had to eat before I could snap a picture. Among my other favorites:

  • Ice cream sundaes every Saturday at the LDC, complete with a toppings bar
  • Blondies and homemade Rice Krispie Treats
  • Donuts
  • Slices of the Bundt cake
  • Apple crisps (apples coming from a local orchard)
  • Scones
  • Biscotti
  • Cookies! Of every kind!
  • And there’s even gluten-free options, too!

After a long day of schoolwork or a particularly tough workout, these desserts, combined with a glass of chocolate milk, help fuel me through a busy term.

Kai is entering his second year at Carleton; though born in the Twin Cities, he lived in Kobe, Japan for a year, moved to New York City halfway through high school, and now calls Northfield home (plus Charlottesville, Virginia, his hometown). In true liberal arts student fashion, he’s interested in anything from American Studies to Economics to Psychology; hopefully, double minoring in Japanese and Music Performance. He enjoys walks around Lyman Lakes/in the Arb, seeing friends at Sayles, playing piano at Weitz, and pitching/playing infield for the baseball team. Meet the other bloggers!

Gluten Free Treats

Gluten Free Bundt Cake

Blueberry topped Chocolate Torte w/ Macaroon Bar

Blueberry Topped Chocolate Torte w/ macaroon bar

Fruit tart from Sayles Cafe

Fruit Tart from Sayles Cafe

Smores pie w Pudding

S'mores Pie

Pecan Pie w a bar

Pecan Pie

Lemon tart

Lemon Tart

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie

Self-serve ice cream at LDC

Self-serve ice cream

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake