Even though Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has locations throughout the world, it still maintains the small-town candy-store feel envisioned by its creator and CEO, Frank Crail. Crail founded the original location in his adopted hometown of Durango, Colorado, filling the sweet-smelling space with homey accents, such as candy-making demonstrations and games of Pin the Tail on the Chocolatier. Behind the counter, staffers roll fresh granny smith apples in dense caramel and mold lumps of rich fudge on old-style marble slabs. Other fresh confections include mint bark, chocolate-dipped pretzels, and boxed chocolates.
People with gluten allergies might think they have to wave at bakeries from afar. That's not the case at Liberated Baking, where they can walk right in without fear of an allergic reaction. The bakery swaps out barley, wheat, and rye for all-natural, gluten-free ingredients in its cakes, breads, and pastries. Customers can savor a cinnamon bun or made-to-order sandwich, and sip Trillium coffee. The shop also stocks a selection of gluten-free grocery items, and customizes cakes for weddings and other special events.
After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.
The menu changes frequently at Petite Patisserie. It's not because the chefs and bakers are tired of what they make, but because they only use seasonal ingredients. One can see the seasons change by the types of fruit adorning their glistening gallettes or flavor their macaroons, all of which they make with imported, non-GMO flour. Some dishes, however, are always in season. Chefs craft savory french dip sandwiches topped with a slice of harvati cheese on a brioche bun, as well as fill crepes with a smear of Nutella. To complement this light fare, they also pour cups of Portland Roasting Coffee, which give the cafe a slight West Coast touch, much like their uniforms made from douglas firs.
A platoon of self-serve yogurt dispensers gleams along the walls of Lachelle’s Frozen Yogurt, each waiting to dispatch a different velvety flavor into the shop’s giant pink cups. Swirls come in both traditional varieties—Dutch chocolate, alpine vanilla—and unique flavors, such as hawaiian pineapple and Mounds. To complement the mountains of yogurt, Lachelle's offers a selection of toppings that, like the Indy Five Million, is seemingly endless, comprising more than 100 treats from fresh fruit to hot apple-pie filling.
Just Cakes by Viki's eponymous confectioner combines classic flavors with a contemporary mindset to create bite-size desserts that are both sweet and stylish. Customers choose their own confection combination, selecting from classic cake bases such as marble, vanilla bean, or red velvet and synthesizing the scrumptious rounds with a choice of icings. Throw a party that will be the talk of every rabbit in town by topping a dozen carrot cupcakes with an untraditional coat of chocolate buttercream. Or, swathe two-dozen pink-champagne cupcakes in fluffy italian buttercream to add an air of sophistication to any food fight. Should customers' palates desire something more particular, Viki will work with them to create a custom flavor and can even speckle frosted landscapes with fresh or gum-paste flowers, monograms, or standing rib roasts for an additional fee.