Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.59) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Picnic Punch, a sherbet swirl of tantalizing watermelon and green apple flavors in a bright-pink and green twirl. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes.
Boasting baking savvy showcased in magazines and on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, Ivey Childers devises decadent confections in more than 20 playfully named flavors. Each miniature morsel is baked from scratch daily, then adorned with a balanced dose of creamy frosting before taking its place amid the shop's Victorian-inspired décor. Customers can savor the pillowy sweetness of Big Dreams, a strawberry cupcake crowned in cream-cheese icing whose recipe came to the owner in her sleep. Or they can dive into the rich custard center of the Boss cupcake, which infiltrates French dessert armies with an éclair-frosting disguise. The Good Kisser tops the ganache-covered goodness of chocolate cake with the zest of mint buttercream frosting and Andes mint pieces, merging light and dark sides more sweetly than Jekyll and Hyde’s grandma.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and peach pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the frozen granite stone into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer non-dairy sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Owned and operated by expert yogurt-purveyers, Sweet CeCe's boasts 75 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings for crafting customized treats. Guests begin journeys toward a fully realized dessert ($0.49/oz.) by filling cups to the rim or invisible spire with their choice of frozen-yogurt flavor. Flavors range from classic Hershey's chocolate bar and cupcake batter to the more complex and Chocolate Mac Attack or apple pie à la mode. Guests can then choose to accessorize their yogurts, which are mostly low in fat and high in healthy active cultures, with tasteful toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and cookies. After weighing and paying for yogurt cups, guests are free to enjoy their creations or frame them for posterity.
Prepare to savor potent sips after stocking up on a wide selection of invigorating leaves culled from World Cup of Tea’s fragrant confines. Sold in 2 oz. packages, varieties such as white, green, oolong, black, and herbal teas help spark mornings like a series of gentle sweet- smelling slaps to the face. Stuff shoes to the brim with a classic Earl Grey blend ($2), marvel at the flashback-inducing textures of the luxe Jade Goddess tea ($8.20), or boost brainpower to supervillain levels with Dragon Flower green tea ($3.95). The shelves also play host to a variety of non-drinkable, tea-related products. Tote teas in five-cup pots available in a variety of colors ($10 each), pamper bodies with white- or green-tea lotions and shower gels ($11.99 each), or masterfully concoct blends with the aid of a cookbook such as Tea Table Secrets: Recipes and Other Tips From the World Cup of Tea Kitchen ($13.50).
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.45–$6.50 per loaf) made with natural ingredients and crafted every day with freshly stone-milled flour. The bread selection varies from day to day and may include offerings such as sunflower whole wheat, onion dill rye, and cinnamon chip. Sandwich enthusiasts can enjoy options such as chicken salad ($5.79), PBJ ($4.99), and turkey ($5.79). For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more.