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JM ate the caramel apple shake.
Nichole ate the chocolate cake.
The bill was $14, or $7/person, plus tip.
JM and Nichole both gave Red Elephant a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Red Elephant is the Madison outpost of a Milwaukee chocolatier. It belongs in a Venn diagram where the Milwaukee's Third Ward and State Street intersect, with its funky images, fair trade perspective, and top dollar/high quality treats.
We did not opt for truffles because another downtown A to Z beckoned for dinner that night, so we just got dessert first. Nichole's chocolate cake was very, very chocolatey. Dark and rich, it suffered only from being a bit dry, but the better to sell drinks, we guessed. JM's autumn-themed caramel apple shake made with Sass Cow ice cream was a good as you'd expect, with real apple bits that clogged the straw. It was very creamy and filled with cinnamon, which made some slurps have a real snap.
Red Elephant looks like Gail Ambrosius for the wine-with-chocolate set, with slightly more attention paid to aesthetic details and less paid to non-traditional to chocolate flavors. In general, you are not going to go wrong here, but you could go elsewhere and not lose much.