Orange Leaf's self-serve frozen-yogurt stations tempt dessert lovers with a line-up of more than 55 flavors, including gluten-free and no-sugar-added options, and 35 toppings. Tongues can traipse across timeless frozen-yogurt flavors such as classic tart, cherry, and chocolate, or less-trodden tastescapes such as peanut butter, red velvet, and gingerbread ($0.49/oz.). Then guests bedeck desserts with mounds of toppings, adorning their yogurt with such options as marshmallows, chewy mochi, and fresh fruits similar to those worn by generals in the Oompa Loompa army. The staff weighs completed creations on a scale before guests dive into their edible masterpieces spoon first.
Packaged by the ounce, The Spice & Tea Exchange hand-mixes spices from around the world to create their unique blends and rubs. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $0.69 per ounce), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.29 per ounce), and a ton of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.99 per ounce). Office workers can wean themselves off the teats of the break room's coffee-cow with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89 per ounce) sweetened with more than 12 flavor-infused sugars ($4.89 per ounce), including blueberry sugar, spicy habanero sugar, and espresso sugar. The Spice & Tea Exchange's huge variety of flavors make it easy to fulfill long-held cooking fantasies, be it a robust hickory-flavored manticore or topping a freshly grilled cheeseburger with unicorn-radish.
Candice Christopher puts her passion for baking on the back-burner until the day that she brought a batch of desserts to her office job. Her coworkers, friends, and family members so loved her creations that she decided to start her own business: Candy's Cake Pops was born. Now, she whips up cake pops in flavors such as key lime, gingerbread, and cookies and cream, rolling each sphere in icing and serving it on a stick. She packages her tiny creations in baskets, boxes, and on tiered cake stands.
After their kids had grown into adults and moved out of the house, Jodi Gelfenbaum and her husband weren't just keen on relaxing. They were ready to begin a new leg of their journey together—one that involved a lot of buttercream. These days, the couple oversee Jodi's Cupcakes and More, where the little hand-held cakes appear each day in a variety of flavors. The chocolate campfire cupcake, for example, brings together a graham-cracker crust and a toasted marshmallow meringue. The snowball cupcake is available with either a white or chocolate cake crowned with coconut buttercream and topped with coconut shavings. Baked fresh daily, the cakes are available in both large and miniature sizes, and may be ordered individually, by the dozen, or in bigger batches for large meetings and science fair projects about what a whale eats.
With red-checkered curtains, wood-paneled walls, and electric lanterns over the tables, Tom Sawyer Restaurant & Pastry Shop evokes the feel of a homey general store. To accompany the frontier-like ambiance, the cooks spend their mornings whisking together hearty breakfasts of scrambled eggs and buttermilk pancakes with enough syrup to float a log cabin. Although the restaurant's lunch specials rotate daily, certain homestyle favorites—including orders of fried chicken and open-faced turkey sandwiches—regularly fly out to tables until 2 p.m. when the kitchen closes.
3 in 1 Juice's staff hand presses sweet, healthy elixirs to order from fresh fruits and veggies, sidestepping additives and preservatives in favor of largely organic ingredients. The menu's juices and smoothies ($4–$8) gush into glasses in a variety of flavors, such as 3 in 1's signature carrot, beet, and orange medley. Blenders or repurposed mini-golf windmills mix up peanut butter, banana, and soymilk in the icy peanut-butter smoothie, and swish together fresh sugar cane with watermelon or honeydew for melon cane pours. Arepas, Venezuelan unleavened-cornmeal patties ($4.75 each), carry exotic toppings such as shark meat and venezuelan cheese to bellies as diners relax around cozy tables and tropical plants or try to stave off scurvy by licking the lime walls.