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 m?lange.
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.
Customers can be forgiven for needing time to decide when they order from Marzena’s Cakes. The shop's European-style cakes come in 10 different flavours, including red velvet, piña colada, and carrot and pineapple—and those are just the flavours of the cake itself. Customers can also choose such decadent fillings as classic rum ganache and blueberry buttercream to fill the multiple tiers of their custom cakes, which the shop has been known to sculpt into Coach purses, cans of soup, or replicas of Marie Antoinette, who promoted the dessert in one of the most famous endorsement deals in history. The bakery's cupcakes—which are made from scratch daily and therefore vary throughout the week—are just as enticing, treating the taste buds to bursts of peanut butter, almond, and caramel chocolate. Aside from cakes and cupcakes, the shop sells scones, mini desserts, coffee, and rurki—waffle tubes filled with vanilla cream.
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colours. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
Before Cupcake Co. opened its doors this February, its founder consulted with a focus group of brides-to-be to perfect celebratory sweets for any variety of special occasion. Now, customers can stop by the bakeshop’s King Street location, where fresh-baked cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops tease taste buds with mouthwatering flavors such as cinnamon pecan and macha green tea. The shop offers a relaxing café atmosphere, as it supplies free WiFi, hot café drinks, and seating arranged around a fireplace.
Cupcake Co. also caters events, creating dessert platters and custom cakes. The expert bakers also teach classes on cake and cookie decoration and fondant sculpting.
Yogen Früz has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit—it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colourful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop—which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries—can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft-serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.