Satisfying your sweet tooth in NYC is easy. Figuring out which treat you're craving is hard.
When you can inject your own fillings into doughnut holes at Clinton Hall, cover a pizza with chocolate chips and marshmallows at Max Brenner and top a milkshake off with cereal at Buns Bar, how can you choose?
This list of unique desserts goes beyond the traditional slice of cake.
Mom does NOT make apple pie like this. Martha's Country Bakery's apple pie towers over the typical slice with nearly a dozen layers of fresh apples. It's topped off with a sugar-sprinkled crumble crust. The bakery also sells cake pops, specialty cakes and mini tarts. (70 Austin St., Forest Hills; marthascountrybakery.com) (Credit: Martha's Country Bakery)
Max Brenner is a pizza and chocolate lover's paradise. The restaurant has an impressive chocolate-drenched menu (and a chocolate bar), but you can't leave without trying the Chocolate Chunks Pizza. You can choose between crunchy hazelnut bits, bananas, peanut butter and roasted marshmallows. (841 Broadway, Manhattan; maxbrenner.com) (Credit: Max Brenner)
OddFellows lives up to its name with, well, odd ice cream flavors. Flavors include "Extra Virgin Olive Oil," "Duck Sausage & Apricot & Duck Sauce Swirl," "Tobacco, Smoked Chili & Huckleberry," "Scallion" and "Black Pepper." This shop's unique menu doesn't end there. Once you've picked your flavor, pack it into a not-so-typical ice cream sandwich. The Babu Ji x OddFellows collaboration sandwich (pictured) stuffs Saffron Cardamon Kulfi ice cream, salted rose caramel, pistachios and Punjabi tea biscuits between a warm brioche bun. (175 Kent Ave., Brooklyn and 75 E. 4th St., Manhattan; oddfellowsnyc.com) (Credit: OddFellows Ice Cream Co.)
At NY Frost Factory, the fate of your dessert lies within your hands. Specializing in Taiwanese shaved ice, the Greenwich Village shop lets you pick your flavor ice, toppings and drizzle. Choose wisely -- the portions here are generous. If you need some help deciding, NY Frost Factory recommends the taro -- their signature flavor made with coconut milk. (106 Macdougal St., Manhattan; nyfrostfactory.com) (Credit: NY Frost Factory )
If you think doughnut flavors end with chocolate, glazed and jelly, you've clearly never been to Dough. The Brooklyn-based bakery has a Passion Fruit doughnut, topped with cocoa nibs and glazed with real fruit puree. The Chocolate-Cocoa Nib (pictured) will make you wonder why you ever stuck with plain chocolate doughnuts to begin with. (448 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn; doughdoughnuts.com) (Credit: Dough)
Bingbox Snow Cream specializes in a type of shaved ice called "bingsu," a treat that originated in South Korea. At this East Village shop, you can choose one of the pre-boxed creations or make your own by choosing ice flavors, toppings and a drizzle. Don't forget to add a giant wafer on top to complete your Instagram-worthy treat! (125 2nd Ave., Manhattan; bingboxsnowcream.com) (Credit: Bingbox Snow Cream )
Is it a cake, or is it a shake? It's the best of both. Buns Bar in Chelsea has three of these creations on the menu: The "Death by Chocolate" shake, topped with the spot's semi-sweet chocolate cake, the "Gimme S'Mores" shake, topped with a honey graham cracker s'mores sandwich, and the "Killa Vanilla" shake (pictured), vanilla ice cream topped with a strawberry and peach-infused tres leches cake and homemade whipped cream -- YUM! The restaurant is releasing a special fall shake this season, featuring a sea salt caramel base and pumpkin fritters. (263 W. 19th St., Manhattan; bunsbar.com) (Credit: Buns Bar )
If looking at a photo of the Brooklyn Blackout (pictured) doesn't make you want to visit Doughnut Plant, maybe its sweet ingredients will. The rich chocolate cake is dipped in melted Valrhona chocolate, filled with pudding and then dipped in cake crumbs. (245 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 220 W. 23rd St., Manhattan and 31 47th Ave., Queens; doughnutplant.com) (Credit: Doughnut Plant)
This ice cream shop prides itself on serving "clean" treats. Made with just fruit, water and organic cane sugar, the ice cream at Chloe's is a guilt-free treat. Choose from soft serve flavors and toppings, smoothies or the dipped pops -- start with a pop flavor, dip in either warm dark chocolate or peanut butter and then choose a dry topping to roll your pop in. Chloe's also offers sundae creations, like the "Crunchy Salty" sundae (pictured) -- banana and dark chocolate ice cream, sliced bananas, crushed pretzels, dark chocolate chips, warm peanut butter and dark chocolate drizzle. (Treats can be purchased at a variety of locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens; chloesfruit.com) (Credit: Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Co. )
This FiDi beer garden is known for its craft beers and ciders, but its impressive dessert menu alone is enough to get your mouth watering. A must-try: The "Walter Whites Crystal Methadonuts" (pictured). The dessert comes with fried homemade dough, blue sky sugar and three homemade DIY injectable fillings -- salted caramel, raspberry and Nutella. (90 Washington St., Manhattan; clintonhallny.com) (Credit: Clinton Hall )
Want a mix of healthy and sweet in your ice cream treat? This Queens shop, known for its "puffle" cones, serves ice cream in a puffed-up waffle wrap and tops off the treats with fresh fruit, like watermelon balls and kiwi (pictured). (133 37th Ave., Flushing; 520desserts.com) (Credit: 520 Desserts)
What's more fun than an ice cream scoop? An ice cream roll. This Thai-inspired treat has become a favorite on social media. At Juicy Spot Cafe, you can watch this unique twist on an ice cream sundae being rolled up and topped off with treats. Try the Cookie Butter sundae (pictured), made with cookie butter ice cream, whipped cream, cinnamon, Speculoos cookie and cookie butter drizzle. (109 Ludlow St. and 33 Pell St., Manhattan; juicyspotcafe.com) (Credit: Juicy Spot Cafe)
This Hell's Kitchen cookie shop offers lip-schmackingly unique flavors that go beyond the classics. Walk in and find flavors like "Maple Bacon," made with candied bacon, maple syrup, toffee bits and sea salt. During the summer months, Schmackary's offers the "Corny Cowboy," the shop's first savory cookie made with sweet corn kernels, bacon, cheddar cheese and diced jalapeños. In the fall and winter months, try cookies like the "Worms 'n Dirt" (pictured), a rich chocolate baked in a muffin pan, filled with chocolate pudding and garnished with Oreo dust and gummy worms. (362 W. 45th St., Manhattan) (Credit: Schmackary's)
All cookies should weigh at least a half-pound like the ones at City Cake do. A cookie that big may seem too good to be true. Stick with a classic chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie, or be a little more adventurous with the red velvet. Save some room for the ice cream center. (251 W. 18th St., Manhattan; citycakes.com) (Credit: City Cakes )