Debbi Fields opened her first cookie shop in 1977, launching what would soon become a household name. Today, Mrs. Fields bakers from all over the world carry on her legacy, whipping up her signature semisweet chocolate-chip cookies with the same top-secret recipe that Mrs. Fields invented. They carefully fold real butter, whole eggs, and pure vanilla into delicate, buttery batters to create soft, chewy cookies that fill nearby nostrils with irresistibly sweet aromas. Using these same ingredients and recipes, they also bake up cookie cakes that can be decorated with colorful icing and personalized messages such as birthday wishes, inside jokes, or bank-account passwords. When they?re not handcrafting milk-chocolate-chip, cinnamon-sugar, and peanut-butter cookie batters into mini, regular, or cake-size cookies, these bakers are busy making gourmet brownies with pecans and walnuts.
Napoli Culinary Academy founder and international chef Hassi Sadri?whose infinite pizza knowledge earned him the head judge position at the international pizza competition in Las Vegas?leads culinary initiates along with his staff during fun-filled cooking classes, whether for fun or to achieve a culinary-arts diploma. During hands-on classes, groups of students learn useful tidbits on how to cook a variety delectable dishes. Academy students along with professional executive chefs serve lunch and dinner in the Napoli Culinary Academy Caf? and cater special events while showing off skills crucial to their future careers as gourmet chefs, from carving meats to plating entrees.
At Kaveri Indian Grocery, patrons beef up their pantries and re-stock their fridges with a bounty of Indian spices, grains, and masalas sourced from all across India. Equipped with a thorough knowledge of Indian cooking, the staff gladly assists visitors in selecting ingredients or explaining the uses of particular spices, from adding zest to an entree to bartering with Spanish explorers. The shop's grocery selection includes the basest ingredients, such as flours and grains, as well as full vegetarian meals and ready-to-eat dishes.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
A chocolate flower hovers on a fluffy cloud of whipped cream. A crispy caramel cookie emerges like a half-moon from behind a tuft of caramel frosting. For Esther, cupcakes aren’t just dessert; they’re miniature masterpieces. Fortunately for sweet-toothed connoisseurs, the seasoned pastry chef pays due respect to what’s inside as well, using unrefined and local ingredients and baking cupcakes in small batches throughout the day. Her meticulous attention to her treats’ quality, appearance, and emotional health has earned Esther’s Cupcakes a spot on both CBS Sacramento’s and News Review’s lists of the city’s best cupcake shops.
Each day at dawn, piping-hot circles made from fresh ingredients appear on the horizon, enchanting eyes and noses before popping into mouths. Unlike the sun, these rounds teem with sugar, spice, and in some cases, chocolate. Bakers craft each batch from scratch, using original recipes but not a pinch of preservatives. Their cookie roster beckons sweet teeth with everyday flavors such as M&M chocolate chip and day-of-the-week varieties such as Wednesday's almond joy and Friday's mint-chocolate fantasy fudge. Customers may also opt for custom wedding treats and personalized photo cookies, which serve as memories tastier than crepes rolled from diary pages. In addition to building cookie cakes for parties, the bakers construct cookies for celebrants to embellish with frosting.