What began in Brooklyn as a personal affection for italian ice eventually bloomed into a multistate confection empire on the strength of frosty family recipes. Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream crafts its treats from the same recipes founder Louie G used growing up in New York City, before the invention of robot-run ice creameries. The expansive menu now includes more than 40 flavors of italian ices and two dozen ice creams. Fresh maraschino cherries, Dole pineapple, and a variety of other candies imbue the shop's italian ice with a dazzling array of flavors and textures.
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.
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.
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.