From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Winner of numerous accolades from the readers of the Springs Gazette and the Independent, Josh & John's has firmly established itself as a local favorite. Each scoop of the shop's ice cream is fresh, often churned just hours before, and made without hormone-filled, artificially beefed-up dairy products. Like the seasons, special flavors come and go by the day or week, but popular stalwarts such as yellow cake, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and oatmeal cookie hold down the creamy fort. Toppings such as fresh whipped cream, nuts, fruit, or house-crafted caramel add an extra dash of flavor.
Decorated with pastel and chrome creamery gear and an open chalkboard filled with doodles, Josh & John's is as local as an ice-cream parlor can get, unless it?s located inside an actual local resident. Every day, the friendly staff puts up a new trivia question for patrons to answer, and if you come in on cold, rainy, or snowy days, you'll get bonus punches on your Ice Creamometer card. Josh & John's is also celebrating the opening of a new location in Mountain Shadows.
Marvel’s is devoted to crafting specialty treats, all of which are made from scratch with original recipes. Fresh and dried fruits get the royal treatment at this boutique bakery; like most members of royal families, the fruit is first dipped in molten chocolate, and then tucked in an equally decadent, edible chocolate basket for spurring on effusive ogling. Customize your carryon of confections by choosing between milk- or dark-chocolate coating, or requesting that a personalized message be drizzled in white chocolate on your basket's base. Nearly all sentiments pack greater power when scripted in sugar, so today's Groupon presents a top-notch opportunity to sweetly say “happy birthday, Mom” or “surrender, Dorothy.” This family-owned treatery is based in Memphis, and only recently crept northward to prove to Colorado Springsteens that it's the boss of sophisticated sweets.
Couture Cupcakes & Cakes, which holds the titles of Top Cupcake 2010 from Colorado Springs Independent and the Best Cupcakes of 2011 from The Gazette, dresses up miniature cakes in more than 60 different flavors. Wrap tongues in tart tastes with the triple lemon, a lemon cupcake encasing a lemon-curd filling and crowned with a lemon-buttercream tiara. Coco connoisseurs can delve into a brownie chunk, a brunette cake pedestal adorned with a dollop of rich chocolate frosting swaddling an emotionally needy brownie bite, and the fresh, seasonal notes of a fruit medley harmonize with a buttercream concerto composed of cream cheese and bavarian cream. Couture Cupcakes & Cakes' assorted options allow customers to grab their taste buds’ attention by mixing and matching styles, including the red velvet's savory bites, the M&M's melty moments, or the key lime's ability to make mouths pucker with charming one-liners.
Sweet Pea Cake Company won second place for best cupcakes in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Independent. More than 350 Facebookers like the company. While there aren't many online reviews, there are customer testimonials on the company's website:
Those who live, breathe, and snort coffee will find a fine selection of both classic blends and little-known beans at Pikes Perk. Percolate perkiness with the medium-bodied Tanzanian Peaberry, or the bitter-less Jamaican Blue Mountain. Black-coffee purists can grab a 20-ounce cup of joe ($1.99), whereas those who spruce up beloved brews can order a white mocha ($4.19 for 16 ounces), or enliven their aromatic medley with a shot from one of the 50 syrups available. Hoard a pot of hot Pikes' peach tea, with chunks of fruit from Austria ($3.59), or soothe your stomach with something from Pikes' food menu of pastries, sandwiches, and breakfast items.