Unicorn drinks and foods have been all the rage, but what if rainbows and sparkles aren’t for you? This Halloween season, try some drinks, foods and sweets from the dark side of the dish.
“Black” is a drink made with bentonite clay, lemon, agave, activated charcoal and filtered water intended as a before-bed cleanse. The lemon flavor dominates the slightly chalky drink, and it’s purportedly excellent for digestive health — and may even whiten your teeth.
5419 Main St., Williamsville
770 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
2. Black rice
In ancient China, black rice was saved for the higher classes because of its rarity and nutritional benefits — it’s full of protein, fiber, and antioxidants. In WNY, Sun uses black rice in everything from sushi to desserts.
Three locations in Buffalo and Williamsville
3. Blackout ‘65
Seven decadent layers of rich, chocolatey devil’s food cake with a layer of silky chocolate custard, topped with a dollop of whipped cream, is the perfect way to end your meal.
250 Delaware Ave., Buffalo
4. The Maverick
Known for their beautiful designs, all Whimsy’s chocolates have fun names, too. The Maverick, part of the Dream Collection, is a creamy, espresso flavored chocolate in the shape of a black heart.
1448 Hertel Ave, Buffalo
$2.25 each. Box of four: $10.
5. Squid Noodles
Gondola has been rolling out fresh pasta made daily since 1958 on Buffalo’s West Side. One of the many varieties offered is black squid ink noodles. The shocking color is generally what draws people to the fettuccine, but the slightly salty and creamy notes add a nice flavor twist to your everyday pasta.
Gondola Macaroni Products
1985 Niagara St., Buffalo
$3.50 for a 12oz. bag