Snowgurt Frozen Yogurt's logo depicts a cartoon abominable snowman, but its treats aren't exactly elusive. Just grab a cup and fill it with your choice of low-fat or no-sugar-added yogurt, be it sweet coconut, cheesecake, or cake batter. Then it's on to the toppings: fresh fruit, sprinkles, and other sweets. The shop uses only YoCream frozen yogurt, which has been certified with the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures seal—an easy way to tell it isn't actually just lukewarm cappuccino. Customers enjoy their desserts seated at round wooden tables, sprawled out on a white couch, or huddled over a table-style arcade game.
Jose Cuervo tequila with fresh lime. Kahlúa mixed with Baileys Irish Cream. Captain Morgan with Coke. At After Hours Cupcake Bar, you can't drink these concoctions, but you can eat them. These familiar cocktails are the ingredients for alcohol-infused gourmet cupcakes that serve as unique desserts to match with after-dinner drinks or to celebrate the anniversary of Prohibition’s repeal. To sate the sober crowd, After Hours also crafts a selection of virgin flavors that, while a shade more traditional, still surprise. Playful flavors include peanut butter and jelly and root-beer float, which comes coated in marshmallow buttercream frosting pierced with a miniscule straw.
There are two main tenets that the staff at Drizzled Chocolate Shop holds dear: that customers should be able to customize their orders and that treats just aren’t complete until they have a sweet drizzling of chocolate. From these two ideas the team has built an entire business, creating baked-to-order treats that can be customized to accommodate flavor preferences, desired packaging, and which type of chocolate will be hardest for roommates to find once hidden in your closet. For clients who need help deciding, the shop also has a roster of favorite treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, popcorn drizzled in milk and white chocolate, or chocolate-dunked cookies.
After making a few pilgrimages to frozen-yogurt shops across the country, the founders of Yogurtopia came up with their own recipe for success. They only wanted to use high-quality frozen yogurt and toppings that emphasized both good taste and health.
Now, the shop’s creamy frozen treats swirl from self-serve machines in more than 90 flavors, such as nonfat swiss chocolate, low-fat cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added wild strawberry. A bountiful toppings bar cascades fresh fruit, nuts, and candy options such as rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, and Butterfingers on top of the frosty swirls. Best of all, patrons can choose to pile the frozen peaks and toppings over warm belgian waffles before heading to the weigh station to settle their debts.
The elusive baroness's baked goods, crafted with high-quality ingredients and real butter and pure vanilla, have been a shopping-mall mainstay for more than 30 years. Fuel up on chocolate-studded favorites (nuts optional) such as milk-chocolate chip and white chunk with macadamia nuts or try Debra's special oatmeal raisin enlivened with walnuts, cinnamon sugar, and peanut butter ($1.85 each) or satisfy an entire jury with a 12-count heap of regular-size cookies ($16.99). Brownies come in similarly spectacular specialty flavors, with classic fudginess at the dark, chewy heart of each ($2.59 each). Groupon customers can apply this Groupon toward a cookie cake with customizable flavoring and frosting, great for birthday parties, family gatherings, and Paul Bunyan's dessert ($28.99 for 16").