The staff at Treat Me Sweet must swear by the golden rule. They ask for sweet treatment with their business’s moniker, so, in return, they treat their customers to cakes, cupcakes, and truffles prepared either traditionally or free of gluten and dairy products. In more than 32 years of business, the staff has built a repertoire of cake flavors both classic and innovative, including red velvet, amaretto, and italian cream. They mix together fresh ingredients and bake cakes as close to a scheduled event as possible so they never have to store them in cryogenic freezers next to Walt Disney’s “welcome back to life” cake. For fancier confections, they drape fresh or porcelain-sugar flowers over icing or create art out of chocolate-dipped strawberries, nuts, and crystalized grapes.
Cupcake connoisseur Allison Beck began her baking career as a labor of love, whipping up batches of luscious single-serve cakes for friends and family. When fans of her pastry pastime began to swell beyond the ranks of friends and acquaintances, Allison knew it was time to go pro. She realized a long-held dream by opening Alli B’s Sweets & Treats, where today the aromas of toasty sugar and flour waft through the air as she bakes cupcakes and cookies fresh daily. Cupcake flavors range from white wedding to hot-fudge sundae, topped with sumptuous domes of frosting or fashioned into high-heeled shoes with the addition of a cookie heel. She also bakes custom cakes for birthdays, tax-filing days, and other celebrations.
From banana-nut to cinnamon, Choo Choo's features a rotating selection of flavors. The dessert designers at Choo Choo's will start by scooping a generous helping of your favorite flavor onto a frozen marble slab. Next, they'll liberally mash in all your handpicked add-ins, eliminating the existential crisis of boring bites. Gummy bears, cookies, fruits, and nuts sprinkle the selection of 33 mix-ins. Children will delight in Choo Choo's treat transportation as ice creams make the rounds on a train chugging around to the cash register. Single scoops start at $2.50, or try a caboose creation with two scoops and three mix-ins served in a homemade waffle bowl ($3.99). Spoon-shunners can slurp up liquid treats with a Wow Shake ($3.99).
Spoonfuls of rainbow sprinkles, fruity boba pearls, and slices of fresh fruit decorate the frozen yogurt at Yummy Tummy. But variety doesn't just stop with the toppings. The shop stocks bubble tea as well as treats for nearly every taste and dietary need, including frozen yogurts that are vegan or free of sugar, lactose, and fat. Plus, Yummy Tummy's menu includes classic flavors such as dark chocolate and Tahitian vanilla, plus seasonal varieties such as snickerdoodle and toasted coconut. If brain freeze sets in, customers can warm up by drinking a cup of Lavazza coffee, or by pouring that coffee into a hot water bottle that can then be placed on one's forehead. Throughout the week, Yummy Tummy hosts special events such as movie screenings and frozen yogurt happy hours.
If Tom Carvel's ice-cream truck hadn’t had a flat tire one fateful day during Memorial Day weekend in 1934, he may have never started the country’s first retail ice-cream company. Faced with losing his entire supply of ice cream to the heat, he simply sold it from the side of the road. He was so successful that, years later, he opened his first store on that same site. His ice cream shops soon sprang up across the Northeast, and Tom cemented his place in business lore as the father of one of the country's earliest franchises. The Carvel brand now runs shops in 25 states, where servers layer their famous chocolate and vanilla ice-cream cakes with crunchies and whip up batches of their soft-serve ice cream each day to create cones, sundaes, and shakes.