Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Tinkerbell dolls, sugar-spun Prada shoes, baby booties, and toy cars: these are just a few of the adornments that perch atop the custom-made confections at Mad Lily Cakery. A staff of baking gurus creates a kaleidoscope of desserts from flavors such as chocolate amaretto and red velvet, yielding both traditional circular cakes as well as ones shaped like sharks, sports jerseys, or bubblegum machines. For smaller bites, fluffy dollops of frosting crown cupcakes, cookies, and a variety of premade treats.
Fresh milk, fruit purées, and healthy probiotics swim about in the swirls of yogurt that pump from The Great Yogurt Factory’s row of self-serve machines. As soon as guests peel their eyes away from the towering canisters of fruit, nuts, and candy bits—which range from chocolate bars to cheesecake bites—they can choose their preferred flavors from an extensive list of low-fat, nonfat, or sugarless yogurts and sorbets. Among the dozens of rotating flavors, triple chocolate and Italian-style tart join eclectic creations such as eggnog, watermelon sorbet, and peanut butter made the old-fashioned way—with freshly churned peanuts. Yogurt isn’t just a quick snack at the whimsical shop’s two locations, which also host children’s birthday parties and fundraisers.
The bakers at Cupcake Cutie Etc. whip up fresh batches of mini cakes throughout the day, which customers can ornament in an ever-changing selection of icings, fillings, and toppings at the custom cupcake bar. Chocolate, red velvet, and lemon-flavored cupcakes emerge from the pan as fluffy as a cloud fresh from the dryer. The bakers lavish the cakes with icing such as buttercream and caramel, then shake on free sprinkles and let guests choose from up to 31 toppings, including Cinnabon swirls, oreos, and almonds. Cupcakes may also harbor gooey fillings such as cream cheese and strawberries.
In addition to baking cupcakes, sculpted cakes, and tiered wedding cakes, bakers also make cake pops, which free hands to tie intricate sailor’s knots without depriving mouths of sugar. They also rent out their mocha-colored café for parties and special occasions.