With locations in six states, 16 Handles is carving out a delicious space for itself in the self-serve frozen-yogurt world. In addition to rewarding customers’ cravings with a rotating daily selection of 16 flavors—each packed with protein, probiotics, and calcium—the healthy-dessert emporium sets itself apart from its competitors through its eco-friendly practices. 16 Handles not only arms its patrons with biodegradable cups and spoons crafted from cornstarch, but it also works with Trees for the Future, an organization that assists global communities in growing trees for agriculture, food, and animal habitat. Through their partnership, 16 Handles has planted 91,284 trees so far, one-quarter of which grow frozen yogurt instead of leaves.
For more than a quarter-century, Interstate Caterers has made meals easier for administrators, party-planners, and anyone looking to feed people by the pack. Empanadas, tamales, and pupusas add a dollop of Latin American flavors to fetes, while pizza cones take cues from ice cream parlors by wrapping all the ingredients of a slice in a savory cylinder of flaky dough. Trays of italian sausage and barbecue rib tips pair nicely with salad or with a second tray of meat.
The bakers at CocoLuxe Fine Pastries may not use blocks of marble or chisels, but no one can deny that their culinary creations are works of art. Crafted from components ranging from classic chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream to orange poppy seed sponge cake, their custom cakes add the crowning touch to weddings, birthdays, or séances to contact Marie Antoinette. Inside the bakery, spacious glass cases brim with morning treats such as croissants and scones. Next to them perch cupcakes capped by Italian meringue and chocolate mice with sliced almond ears, which customers can take home to give lethargic housecats some exercise. At midday, CocoLuxe Fine Pastries switches from sweet to savory as it unveils an array of artisanal sandwiches. The bakery’s fresh baguettes and rosemary focaccia become vessels for smoked gouda and cranberry apple compotes, fortifying diners for afternoons filled feeding, watering, and walking their computers.
Bagel Garden's dough slingers bake 18 to 20 types of bagels daily for a menu of sandwiches smeared with cream cheese or stuffed with meats, cheeses, and veggies. With more than a dozen spreads, patrons can blanket bagels in freshly blended flavors or pay homage to van Gogh’s masterpiece, Scalliony Morning, by daubing a blank bagel canvas with smudges of bacon, scallion, and herb cream cheese ($0.90 for a bagel; $2.10–$2.76 for a bagel and cream cheese).
At Candyland Crafts, candy makers and cake decorators choose from more than 10,000 products, sifting through collections of candy molds, fondants, cake toppers, and themed-party packages to create the toothsome displays in their heads. Candyland Crafts' site itself serves as a resource, bursting with 4,000 sqnumerous candy- and cake-crafting guides designed specifically for first-time artists or super-intelligent M&Ms seeking to build their own city.
An extensive selection of icings includes edible glitter, airbrushable icing, and gels. Unicorn and frog molds give lollipops a creative look, while letter and number molds let customers eat a balanced diet filled with a variety of fonts.
Cake pops, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, cupcakes—if working with fresh, from-scratch batter is an art, then the bakers at Kookies Sweet Treats are grand masters. Along with tempting cakes, the sweet-makers also craft desserts such as pies, cookies, and brownies. The indecisive or incredibly hungry can select an assortment of treats to be bundled into gift baskets, which can be shipped to inspire smiles anywhere in the United States.