October 13, 2009

The Bad: Domino’s Lava Crunch Crap, Pt. II

by Veronica

Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes

PREQUEL
The Good: Ode to JG’s Molten Chocolate Cake, Pt. I

I should’ve known that the whole thing was a bad idea, but curiosity got the better of me yet again. I had been mesmerized by the omnipresent Domino’s commercial touting its Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes. Try as I might, I was losing the ability to ignore the siren call.

Possessing very little food-related willpower to begin with, I gave in and decided I had to try them. (Am I the only one that saw these ads everywhere? Or just the only one who contemplated an actual purchase? I fast forward through every show on my DVR and still managed to see that commercial at least 11 times. After that I lost count.)

I mean really, what kind of lover of warm chocolate cake would I BE!?! How could I call myself a true fan without tasting the one that was being sold in strip malls across the country!?!

I saddled up to a local Domino’s. After assuring the man behind the counter that yes, I wanted just the cake (no pizza, no breadbowl pasta, no oven-baked sandwich, thank you) I watched as two* small tins of chocolate went into the mouth of the conveyor-belt oven. *There was no option to buy just one; but it’s just $3.99 for two! It’s no wonder America has an obesity problem!

I knew that what came out on the other side wasn’t going to be the culinary achievement of the century, but somehow, I had convinced myself that if anything, it would at the very least be cracktastic; you know, like french fries from McDonald’s or nachos from Taco Bell.

Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes

I was wrong. Very, very, wrong.

The menu describes them as, “Oven baked chocolate cakes, crunchy on the outside with molten chocolate on the inside.” Oh, Domino’s. How you have a way with words. “Molten chocolate” does sound much better than “grainy-and-chalky-warm-brownie-batter” and “crunch” more appetizing than “tough-burnt-cardboard-crust.”

Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes

But was it really SO hard to make the cracktastic version? Even with an arsenal of chemicals and focus groups on your side?

Yup, I should’ve known it was a bad idea…

*Veronica lives and works in New York City where she enjoys thinking about food, reading about food, eating food and bike riding.

4 Comments

  • kayoko
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Irony here is that it actually LOOKS cracktastic. You just must be a good photographer.

    Too bad!!! Can't wait for the UGLY…

  • Lisa H.
    Posted October 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    It's possible that yours was particularly bad. I've ordered them before and the molten chocolate was smooth and yummy and not grainy or chalky at all. I still had regret after eating them and felt sick, but that's beside the point. But hey, I thought they were tasty.

  • saaara
    Posted October 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    it's all about Domino's thin crust pizza— either with pepperoni and green bell peppers, or tomatoe and bacon. i haven't tried the molten chocolate cake, but i do love the cinna-stix.

  • Henry
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I love good food and have eaten at the best restaurants all over the world. However, I am totally addicted to the chocolate lava crunch cakes at Dominos. They are absolutely delicious and this review is bogus! Yes, they are basically a soup of chcolate syrup inside an oreo cookie shell, but I still can’t knock them just in terms of deliciousness. They are really fricking good.

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