Coffee & Treats in Alexander City

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With blazing ovens, scratch-made glazes, and a flotilla of fillings, the donut architects at D Square Donuts defy and embrace convention daily by offering a menu of square sweets and traditional round cakes. Satisfy quadratic cravings with boxy baked treats packed with sweet key-lime filling or sprinkled with coconut shavings from formerly bearded palm trees ($0.85 each, $8.50 a dozen). Delectable dozens unite pastry prisms and hoops in the same package, allowing taste buds to enjoy four-cornered glazed and cocoa-coated, death-by-chocolate treats. Orders of donut holes recycle recently extracted cores to create spherical confections ideal for bite-sized snacking or teaching one's tongue to juggle ($1.85).

1625 E University Dr
Auburn,
AL
US

Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.

7026 Eastchase Pkwy
Montgomery,
AL
US

In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.

The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.

5474 Atlanta Hwy
Montgomery,
AL
US

California Yogurt Kraze, under new ownership, invites guests to step up to its line of self-serve yogurt stations and pour out a tasty, low-fat dessert loaded with calcium, healthy active cultures, and rich, creamy flavor. Most of their yogurt is fat-free, with no cholesterol or preservatives, and includes four healthy yogurt cultures, as well as being safe for most diabetics and people who are lactose intolerant. With 24 yogurt flavors, and over 80 toppings, patrons scoop up spoonfuls of flavors such as cheesecake, espresso, birthday cake, cookies and cream, california tart, and Valencia orange sorbet, crowned with toppings such as pineapple, Twizzlers, brownies, or chocolate syrup.

3010 Zelda Rd
Montgomery,
AL
US

Founded nearly 25 years ago by homemade-ice-cream aficionado Bruce Reed, Bruster's Real Ice Cream has blossomed into a business with locations across America and the Caribbean, with friendly staff scooping up freshly made ice cream at each parlor. Guests pick from more than 140 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, with a rotating selection of 24 cold, creamy desserts?such as chocolate cherry chunk, thin mint, and black raspberry. Diners savor their frozen desserts in waffle-cone, sundae, and shake form, or ring in birthdays with custom-made ice-cream cakes and oreo pies.

9182 Boyd-Cooper Parkway
Montgomery,
AL
US

Christine Boatwright of Shelby Living Magazine wrote a piece detailing the operations of self-taught baker and Wooden Spoon Bakery owner Leslie Arnold and how she specializes in surprising scone flavors?pear and fresh ginger, apricot white chocolate, and salted caramel, to name a few?but also loves one special, more familiar flavor. Her red-velvet cake, a hand-me-down recipe from her husband?s grandmother, is a popular classic: a light chocolate cake colored a vibrant red and sprinkled with icing and walnuts. As she told the magazine, ?I?m proud to say it?s the only recipe I have not tinkered with because it?s perfect the way it is.? Still, Arnold keeps a constantly rotating menu of flavors and offerings at Wooden Spoon Bakery, baking bacon-cheese biscuits, strawberry coffee cake, and blueberry-and-cream muffins one week and specialty brownie cakes the next.

21075 Hwy. 25
Columbiana,
AL
US