The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
Rich chocolate butter cream, Black Forest cherries, and just a dash of kirsch brandy. Separately, these ingredients might be nothing more than a gingerbread man's abandoned DIY project. But in the ovens of The Valley Bakery, they transform into a decedent sponge cake known as the Schwartzwalder Torte. Over more than half a century, the European-style bakery has fine-tuned recipes for dozens of cakes and desserts—from apple turnovers to more than 25 kinds of cookies. Birthdays and weddings give the bakers even more opportunities to exhibit their virtuosity. Atop multiple tiers of European butter cream cake, they use icing to paint murals of flowers, hearts, shamrocks, and other designs. The bakers also have a savory side, which they show off with multigrain breads and meat pies.