In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Cupcake'm Cafe invites customers to customize their cupcakes by picking a flavor, a filling, and a type of icing. Visitors can create a variety of gourmet flavors including key-lime pie, S'mores Galore, Triple Berry Blast with real berry chunks in the icing, and black forest with shaved chocolate slices and a cherry on top. They can then munch on their massive cupcakes and relax in the cafe or surf the Internet on free WiFi. In addition to its namesake treat, Cupcake'm Cafe also serves sandwiches, bagels, and muffins.
Through the Looking Glass’s culinary wizards deftly silence hunger pangs with meticulously prepared lunch and dinner menus of upscale fare, welcoming diners to bring along their favorite libations within an eatery emanating romantic vibes. Pairs of midday munchers can bridge the gap between breakfast and second lunch with a leisurely lunch that kicks off with sizzling spoonfuls of soup, such as a zing-infused crab soup with cayenne pepper. Then, mouth dive into a petite filet-mignon sandwich that snuggles grilled tenderloin, sautéed mushrooms, and grilled peppers into the embrace of homemade bread, or sate herbivorous cravings sans chlorophyll injections with a portobello-mushroom salad dappled with sun-dried tomatoes.