Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge provides customers with a decadent destination for handcrafted bonbons, toffee, and other sweet treats. Celebrate delicious diversity with a nine-piece Gold Collection box ($20), featuring flavors such as the White Russian and Krystle’s Banana Foster, or toast the coming of sasquatch-hunting season with a five-piece 2010 Fall Collection ($12) that includes the bourbon-flavored Angel's Share and pumpkin-caramel confections such as Indian Summer. Like the nougat-filled roots and sprinkle-coated berries collected by our hunting-and-gathering ancestors, almond bark in milk chocolate and cranberry-pistachio bark in dark chocolate ($12 each) take advantage of the bio-feast to be found in our scrumptious forests. A bacon-laced chocolate bar ($8) combines America’s two favorite breakfast foods into one conveniently scarfable snack.
Yogen Früz has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit—they mix whole mangos, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colorful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics and gluten-free goodness. Each flavor is crafted sans artificial flavorings, colors, gelatins, high-fructose corn syrups, or preservatives–all while maintaining gluten-free, kosher-certified status. Of course, customers of the shop—which has more than 1,300 locations in more than 35 countries—can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt or a früzion smoothie. The body bettering doesn’t stop there, as certain topping combinations from its signature früzion bar can even support cell membranes and veins, provide antacid and anti-inflammatory relief, or help prevent body aging, especially if bathed in.
This box of chocolates is a 20-piece Valentine's treasure filled with the following flavors: Champagne, pistachio, moka heart, strawberry white chocolate heart, espresso, cassis, mendiant, hazelnut gianduja and pink peppercorn truffles. Chocolates are packaged in a classic gold ballotin box and finished with a burgundy satin ribbon. A miniature bouquet of peonies tied to the ribbon completes this perfect gift. This is a limited selection, available exclusively through Groupon. The retail price would be $58 for these gourmet chocolatines, but today they're just $32... a discount of 45%. And that price includes FedEx Ground shipping within the continental U.S.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.