This sweet shop creates satisfying fuel for the sugar-driven masses, with 22 flavors of fudge made on-site, 32 original ice cream flavors, and homemade caramel-dipped apples. Explore the expanses of the turtle fudge ($8 for a half pound), where decadent caramel canals irrigate wide expanses of thick, chocolaty, pecan-dotted terrain. Or sample the delicate balancing act of cookies and cream in a sinfully sacchariferous fudge form (about $8 for a half pound). The toasted coconut ice cream, a rich coconut base speckled with chocolate-covered toasted coconut, or the New Orleans praline, a vanilla ice cream with whimsical swirls of caramel and candy-coated pecans throughout, will quell cooler cravings ($3.95 for a cake cone, $4.25 for a sugar cone, $4.75 for a waffle cone) better than a mouthful of frozen peas. Opt for an obvious sweet-tooth satiator and bite into Kilwin's classic caramel apple ($4.95) or turtle apple ($8.95). Or try a luscious twist on an old favorite, the apple pie apple, a caramel-dipped apple doubly dunked in white chocolate and then dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Kilwin's also treats customers to homemade peanut ($8.95), cashew ($10.95), and pecan ($13.25) brittle.
Originally introduced to American dairy connoisseurs in 1976, Häagen-Dazs ice-cream shops cool tongues and mollify sweet teeth with their scrumptious selection of frosty treats. The shops dispense a plethora of classic and specialty concoctions crafted from the brand's high-quality ice creams, which are famous for their richness of flavor, firmness of texture, and their ability to speak fluent Dutch. Dessert-famished customers can feast upon their favorite Häagen-Dazs flavors (selections vary by store), using them to build sinful sundaes ($4.25–$6.95), festive frozen cakes, and slurp-worthy smoothies ($6.25) and shakes ($6.15). Or delight your taste sensors with a house-specialty Dazzler sundae ($6.95), which a tendency to incite spontaneous jazz hands from all who dive into its decadent depths.
32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar houses a topping bar that brims with more than 50 add-ons, inviting sweet-toothed sculptors to create icy masterpieces with seasonal fruits, nuts, sauces, and candies. Each day, yogurt and sorbet chemists churn out at least 14 tongue-tickling flavors ($0.45/oz.) such as snickerdoodle, white-chocolate mousse, cheesecake, new orleans praline, and polyester. Patrons can opt to coat mouths with specialty yogurts in nonfat, low-fat, gluten-free, and no-sugar-added iterations. This cheerful sweets shop's clean, modern interior is speckled with bright blue-and-yellow tiles, bringing to mind sunny summer picnics on the surface of a robin's egg.
Locally owned and operated, The Bagel Shop specializes in authentic, New York–style kettle-boiled bagels, made fresh daily in 12 different varieties. Bread-ring biters can make a meal out of a single bagel ($1.10), available in flavors such as pumpernickel, garlic, and poppy seed. Slather plain housemade cream cheese on a multigrain bagel ($2.40), or experiment with exotic cream cheese flavors, freshly folded with such tasty accoutrements as jalapeño cheddar, scallions, and sun-dried tomatoes ($3.50 with bagel). Wash down a mouthful of bagel benevolence with a cup of Intelligentsia direct-trade coffee ($1.85–$2.05) or a loose-leaf organic oolong tea ($2.50 for regular / $3.75 for seasonal), served hot or iced.
FreshBerry serves up low-fat and all-natural frozen treats with a menu of mouth-cooling flavors for inner-igloo-building. Yogurt comes in fun flavors, such as FreshBerry tart and acai berry, each containing live and active yogurt cultures—probiotics that act as personal assistants to the digestive system. Yogurts are available in small 5.5-ounce ($4.29), medium 7.5-ounce ($4.99), and large 11.5-ounce ($5.99) serving sizes and include up to three toppings, ranging from fruity fixings such as banana and mandarin oranges to cereal staples such as Cap'n Crunch. Fresh pops ($2.29) are made of all-natural yogurt and fruit and come in at under 100 calories, providing a cool and guiltless treat, and all-natural 20-ounce smoothies ($4.49) come with two different choices of fruit, including strawberry, raspberry, or pineapple. Check FreshBerry's nutritional chart for the lowdown on their frozen favorites.
Charleston Tea Company is a house of leafy luxury that brings together more than 50 varieties of tea from around the globe to quench querulous thirsts. Sip a cup of mango-chai-flavored tea, a blend of Masala chai tea and mango ($5.70/oz.), or relax with other loose-leaf and medicinal teas and fresh-brewed iced tea. Turn a fire hose on stomach infernos with fresh, made-to-order food from either the breakfast or lunch menus. Diners can delight in breakfast sandwiches such as the egg, cheese, and tomato ($3.99), or lunch sandwiches including the turkey and brie melt ($6.95).
Twenty Six Divine serves up a wide range of specialty homemade sweets and savories for daily meals and special events. An extensive à la carte lunch menu changes daily, like a kitschy wicked witch trying on different Dorothy heads. Past offerings have included wraps, paninis, and soups, as well as dishes such as seared beef tenderloin with bacon, caramelized onions, and roasted tomato over homemade olive bread ($6). Gourmet take-home dinners include turkey meatballs with egg noodles and creamy mushroom sauce ($6) and can also feed two people or sixteen self-sufficient automatons. Assorted fresh-baked rolls and crackers ($3–$5) are on hand daily for simple noshing, and sweet teeth can sink into specialty à la carte desserts, including marble-glazed pound cake ($3), peanut-butter chocolate cups ($3.75) and peaches 'n' cream charlotte with fresh raspberries ($4.25).