Peek across the counter at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they dip Granny Smiths into thick, bubbling caramel from a traditional copper kettle. Caramel apples range from classically simple ($3.99) to loaded with toppings ($6.99), accommodating different degrees of decadence more tastefully than a pair of convertible mink pants. If you're in the mood for poppable sweets, snag a pound of chocolate-dipped strawberries ($17.99), or strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($6.60 for a half-pound).
Borrowing its name from the eponymous double-peaked mountain, Maroon Bells of Colorado whips up its own fresh, premium ice cream, sundaes, shakes, ice cream cakes and more. Dairy diners can lick a chilly swirl of ice cream (from $1.95) in flavors such as Bell's banana pudding, blueberry cheesecake, and rocky road, before selecting a free topping to layer the creamy hill with goodies such as gummy bears and M&Ms (additional toppings $0.50/each). Savor every sugary morsel of a butterscotch toffee sundae ($4.45+), or cool esophageal flare-ups with an espresso-flavored shake ($4.35 for a small) or a Georgia peach smoothie ($4.35 for a small). Grouponers can also think of new ice cream flavors in the store's Create Our Next Flavor contest; the originators of winning flavors will get a $25 gift card, the chance to taste their creation in stores starting in July, and the tingly feeling of total dairy supremacy.
Wholly Cannoli Café is Italian casual dining for those who love great food. Visiting might be a little tricky - there aren’t a lot of seats - but there’s plenty of take-out. Wholly Cannoli has the traditional Italian fare (such as pizzas and pasta), but they also serve soups, salads, panini, calzones and sides. Come in for their garlic knots, a creative alternative to traditional garlic bread. If you have any room after your meal, try their selection of pastries. Wholly Cannoli Café is family–owned and operated; they base their menu on the traditional Sicilian cuisine. They are closed on Mondays.