Steve Kuhnau grew up battling allergies and low blood sugar, and in the late 60's, he finally found the perfect solution, and it was delicious. Blending real fruit, proteins, nutrients, and other mix-ins, Steve created Smoothie King to provide nutritious drinks, many of which can be as filling and healthful as a meal. Fiber, probiotics, antioxidants, and other enhancements can boost the health effects of customers, plus skipping added sweeteners can help avoid calories, carbs, and conniving tooth fairies who have a malicious contract with all sugars.
More than 50 flavors of gelato rotate regularly at this Italian sweetery, and each one is made on the premises with dry ingredients imported directly from Europe's boot. Sidestep scurvy with a cup of Clementine (smalls are $2.91), or experience the softer side of nature's most dangerous torpedo with a fluffy, regular-sized cup of pineapple (regulars are $3.96). All fruit flavors are free of lactose—creamier cousins, such as cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut, provide a healthy lac-dose. You're encouraged to take gelato home; freezer-friendly containers are available by the pint ($6.97) or quart ($11.47). Other Italian treats, such as espresso ($1.61) and cappuccino ($2.81), are also on hand to thaw frozen brains and warm chilly bloods.
Named after a pummeling strategy from the world of martial arts, Grounds and Pounds Coffee House awakens the senses with piping-hot espresso drinks that have earned the Independent’s praise. Friendly baristas handcraft each beverage on the menu, warming mugs with brewed coffee ($2 for a 16 oz.) and embroidering lattes with milk fluffier than a freshly laundered cloud ($3 for a 16 oz.). Sweet-toothed sippers can enhance cappuccinos ($3 for a 16 oz.) with up to eight syrup flavors, including vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut (+$0.50), or dive into a rich, chocolatey mocha topped with whipped cream ($4.25 for a 16 oz.). Teeming with black tea and indian spices, chai lattes ($3 for a 16 oz.) energize the body as they melt away stress. The shop also peddles edibles such as pastries, which keep bellies from growling, whining, or gnawing the shoes of passersby.
Couture Cupcakes & Cakes, which holds the titles of Top Cupcake 2010 from Colorado Springs Independent and the Best Cupcakes of 2011 from The Gazette, dresses up miniature cakes in more than 60 different flavors. Wrap tongues in tart tastes with the triple lemon, a lemon cupcake encasing a lemon-curd filling and crowned with a lemon-buttercream tiara. Coco connoisseurs can delve into a brownie chunk, a brunette cake pedestal adorned with a dollop of rich chocolate frosting swaddling an emotionally needy brownie bite, and the fresh, seasonal notes of a fruit medley harmonize with a buttercream concerto composed of cream cheese and bavarian cream. Couture Cupcakes & Cakes' assorted options allow customers to grab their taste buds’ attention by mixing and matching styles, including the red velvet's savory bites, the M&M's melty moments, or the key lime's ability to make mouths pucker with charming one-liners.
Marvel’s is devoted to crafting specialty treats, all of which are made from scratch with original recipes. Fresh and dried fruits get the royal treatment at this boutique bakery; like most members of royal families, the fruit is first dipped in molten chocolate, and then tucked in an equally decadent, edible chocolate basket for spurring on effusive ogling. Customize your carryon of confections by choosing between milk- or dark-chocolate coating, or requesting that a personalized message be drizzled in white chocolate on your basket's base. Nearly all sentiments pack greater power when scripted in sugar, so today's Groupon presents a top-notch opportunity to sweetly say “happy birthday, Mom” or “surrender, Dorothy.” This family-owned treatery is based in Memphis, and only recently crept northward to prove to Colorado Springsteens that it's the boss of sophisticated sweets.
Those who live, breathe, and snort coffee will find a fine selection of both classic blends and little-known beans at Pikes Perk. Percolate perkiness with the medium-bodied Tanzanian Peaberry, or the bitter-less Jamaican Blue Mountain. Black-coffee purists can grab a 20-ounce cup of joe ($1.99), whereas those who spruce up beloved brews can order a white mocha ($4.19 for 16 ounces), or enliven their aromatic medley with a shot from one of the 50 syrups available. Hoard a pot of hot Pikes' peach tea, with chunks of fruit from Austria ($3.59), or soothe your stomach with something from Pikes' food menu of pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast items.