In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Months of scouting bakers and sampling recipes helped Cupcakestop’s owner Lev Ekster curate a list of 54 cupcake flavors, including pina colada, French toast with bacon, and red velvet. The latter beat out a neighboring bakery to win the title of “best cupcake” on a 2010 episode of “Food Feuds.” Locations.
With ample menu offerings throughout the day, the newly reopened Dominick’s is a one-stop eatery set to satisfy sweet and savory gourmet cravings. Select an imperial sandwich, such as the chicken caesar ($9.99) to tame unruly stomachs with succulent chicken and an iron fist. Feast on the piquancy of a vodka pizza ($15) or employ foam Hulk hands to grip an unwieldy half-pound portobello burger ($12.99). Fresh cannoli graces bakery shelves with fluffy dough and sugary filling, supported by a fleet of neatly assembled pastries. The café’s delicate chandeliers illuminate neat brick walls, glossy wooden tabletops, and the cheerful faces of Dominick's staff, which would otherwise be standing in the dark.
Taking the first bite of a cake from Ella’s Sweet Treats can be bittersweet, since it means destroying a work of art. The multitiered creations don seamless coats of fondant that command attention with majestic accents such as feathers, tiaras, or a message scrawled in icing that reads, “Hey, you. Look at this handsome cake.” The elegant designs invite forks to plunge into cores of chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or strawberry cake in search of one of the nine available fillings, including cannoli cream or fresh strawberries and bananas. Presentation even matters for Ella’s cupcakes, which arrive with eye-catching swirls of buttercream frosting. The shop’s confectioners also shower their chocolate-covered apples with a hodgepodge of additional toppings, such as marshmallows, nuts, and sprinkles.