Sweets are, of course, mandatory this time of year, so we’re interested in what Carlo’s Bakery (in the Palazzo, 702-607-2356, CarlosBakery.com) is scaring up for dessert. Now the Cake Boss’ holiday offering—including fondant layer cakes of Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula or pumpkin buttercream cupcakes—can be ordered online to bring to a costume party, or to eat at home alone with the lights off when you’re avoiding trick-or-treaters.
In honor of Halloween, we found booze that’s dressed up as dessert. Las Vegas-based Momenti has created Spirited Ice Creams (MomentiSpirits.com), a blend of cold treats and premium spirits inspired by classic cocktails and pairings. Although it still tastes sweet and creamy, it’s definitely for adults only: Each flavor contains 5-13 percent alcohol. Sorbets are super classy, featuring Champagne strawberry or blackberry cabernet, or a tart limoncello to cleanse your palate. The dairy-based collection includes the Chocotini Chip, made with organic fair-trade dark chocolate, premium cacao chips and top-shelf vodka; a white Russian, made with vodka and coffee cream liqueur; and vanilla vodka cookies and cream, featuring Madagascar vanilla-infused vodka with chocolate and cream and finished with cookie chunks. The line launches in November at locations to be announced. Next time you can’t decide on an aperitif or dessert, Momenti says, “Why not both?”
Speaking of dressing up, if the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens blew your mind, you’ve got to spend your Halloween at Rx Boiler Room (in Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7200, RxBoilerRoom.com). Starting at 5 p.m. on October 31, the normally steampunk-inspired lounge and dining room will be transformed into Tattooine’s Mos Eisley Cantina. In addition to the nightly a la carte menu, tuck into small bites such as Jabba the Hutt Dogs, a play on the Moon ’n’ Doggie shrimp dog with Asian slaw. However, we think the Darth Vader tots served with tartar sauce should have been called That’s No Moon-en tater tots. Specialty cocktails from lead barman Eric Smith include the YO-duh, made with Woody Creek vodka, Chartreuse, absinthe, lemon juice and thyme syrup, and the Skywalker Smash, a combination of Bacardi Silver, habanero bitters, peach cordial, sauvignon blanc and blueberries. These are the drinks you are looking for.