In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-seven years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
The bakers at Stace Of Cakes forge gourmet handheld desserts from 100% natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, with no artificial flavors. They expertly whip up classic flavors, such as red velvet and carrot cake with smooth cream-cheese frosting, or more intricate creations, including the Gone Bananas, a spiced banana cupcake lathered in rich Nutella frosting. The Englishman is a toffee cupcake that dons a toffee-infused vanilla icing sprinkled with bits of crushed Heath bar, which entirely debunks the myth that the Englishman can speak English.
Refusing to limit the range of these delectables, Stace Of Cakes also has a mobile cupcake van, which totes miniature delicacies straight to clients' doorsteps. The shop, meanwhile, draws a crowd by hosting classes and cupcake parties for special events such as birthdays or girls' nights out. In addition to providing vegan and gluten-free options, the accommodating Stace Of Cakes staff can augment boxes of cupcakes with specialty flavors for an additional charge or beloved pet left for collateral.
Bruster's stimulates salivation with its brain-freezingly broad menu of ice-cream flavors served alongside the classic Coney Island appeal of Nathan's Famous hot dogs. The classic New York hot dog traps an all-beef cylinder and its toppings in a fluffy, edible maximum-security prison ($2.99), strong enough to contain both chili and cheese at once ($3.69). Bacon-ranch krinkle-cut fries ($3.69) and corn-dog nuggets ($2.99 for six) supply ample ammunition for tongue target practice. To prevent oral overheating, visitors can apply a waffle cone stacked with any of Bruster's rotating ice-cream flavors, such as white-raspberry truffle or turtle cheesecake ($3.99). Sundaes ($4.29), fudge-covered banana splits ($5.59), and shakes ($4.29) provide more elaborate accouterments to the chilly treats.
Juniper Organic Cupcakes is a licensed and insured cupcake delivery service that offers home-baked and organic goods. Made entirely with naturally produced or organic ingredients, these cupcakes arrive in recyclable packaging and wear naturally colored frosting. Casual flavors include vanilla and chocolate, and signature flavors include pumpkin pie, red velvet, and strawberry shortcake. The service also offers display accessories, scones, muffins, and fruit and granola bars.
Though Manhattan is just shy of a hundred miles north, Manhattan Bagels keeps its namesake version of the New York culinary tradition alive from afar with fresh-baked bagels the staff smears with thick cream cheese to order. Mornings call for one of the food stop’s sandwiches lined with bacon, turkey sausage, and fluffy eggs, with fresh-brewed coffee and cups of OJ. Closer to lunch, the Tribeca turkey sandwich lines focaccia with chipotle mayo and red onions, and the Times Square ham is served with Swiss, onion, and mustard on a plate made out of a giant LED billboard.