Just in case you don't believe that all of Muchi Muchi Yogurt's frozen flavors are low- or non-fat, the menu offers up the nutrition facts to prove it. A stocked topping bar invites you to double the chocolaty effect of the triple-chocolate flavor with crumbled brownie bites and Reese's cups. On the other side of the spectrum, fruity, tart flavors refresh and invigorate taste buds with bites of green-tea yogurt topped with mango or pomegranate yogurt sprinkled with gummy worms and Fruity Pebbles. Instead of mixing your own flavor combos, you can head to the smoothie counter for a fruit drink as thirst-quenching as a fire hydrant with a straw in it.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry.
When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn’t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model—selling only cookies—not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it’s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.
The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.
Frozen desserts abound at YoGo Crave. Guests pump fat-free and low-fat frozen yogurt into cups in fruit and dessert-inspired flavors such as cinnamon roll and cake batter, subverting the desire to purée sweet treats. A selection of more than 30 toppings includes decadent candies and more health-minded fruit and nuts. Those with richer cravings can opt for the ice-cream mash, for which crew members smash ice cream with brownies, cheesecake, or candy bars. All of this is served in a bright green eatery with matching colorful seating.
Labriola Bakery Café's owner and namesake, Rich Labriola, began baking artisanal breads at his Oak Brook store in 2008. The son of a pizza maker, Rich knows exactly what makes a perfect bun or baguette: the crackle of the crust, the large crumbs, the earthy flavors trapped inside. Everything that comes out of his oven—from the wood-fired pizzas to the flaky almond croissants—is a work of art that began back when Rich learned the secrets of bread making from masters of French, Italian, and German traditions. Chicago magazine has hailed his bakery as a destination for gelato made fresh daily in seasonal flavors, which include fruity summer selections and a cold variety that celebrates winter.