Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way.
"Violet! You're turning violet, Violet!"
Melt's "Violet Beauregarde" waffle. | Photos by Mabel Suen
We all know the scene from the classic Roald Dahl novel-based film filled with oompa loompas and tantalizing sweets: bubblegum addict Violet Beauregarde gets a hold of a multi-course flavored chewing-gum prototype and proceeds to consume it against eccentric Willy Wonka's wishes. The final flavor, blueberry pie, causes the character to go blue in the face, inflating her body into a bloated, oversized blueberry.
The silly story is the inspiration for Melt's "Violet Beauregarde," one of Melt's (2712 Cherokee Street; 314-771-6358) signature buttermilk waffles topped with blueberry coulis, fresh blueberries and a dollop of whipped cream. The base for Melt's waffle evolved from a recipe developed by Carondelet Bakery but over time became customized into the golden brown baked treat now offered on Cherokee Street.More »