Originally marketed in 1897 to compete with granula, which was the predecessor to granola, Grape-Nuts is an unlikely fun dessert. But in the world of Yankee cookery, the little brown pebbles of breakfast cereal (which are made of wheat and barley and contain neither grapes nor nuts) are a popular ingredient in pudding (at JK’s, Noah’s and Evelyn’s Drive-In), custard (at the Village Restaurant), and ice cream (at Shady Glen, Gray’s Ice Cream and Kettle Cove Creamery & Cafe). Dour as Grape-Nuts might be, the cereal’s presence in dessert makes some sense. Because it is very hard and dense, it never completely disintegrates when it is stirred into pudding or ice cream. It becomes streaks of amber grain, offering textural contrast to its smooth medium as well as an earthy flavor to balance the frivolity of sweetened cream.
On the picturesque main street of Stonington, Connecticut, Noah's is a town cafe serving great seafood (and other) midday meals as well as breakfast and supper.
Kettle Cove Creamery is a charming little Cape Elizabeth purveyor of strong coffee, colorful ice cream & good sandwiches including a fantastic lobster roll.