Two classic American dessert institutions join dulcet forces at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius, where frozen treats, and fruit drinks attack palates with a one-two punch of comforting delight. Classic Blizzards swirl in all manner of candy combinations, whereas the Orange Julius revels in the decadent simplicity of citrus.
Songs from the 1940s drift through the air inside Taste, a café whose hip, inviting interior is illuminated by lights salvaged from old factories and whose exterior is adorned with a steaming coffee cup statue. At a counter crafted from a repurposed bowling lane, baristas take orders for fragrant ciders and teas, steamy mochas, and dishes such as tiramisu french toast with mascarpone-espresso cream. Guests can also munch on gourmet sandwiches layered with smoked meats and cheeses or fresh tuna salad or order s'mores to prepare at their own tables.
Babycakes Cupcakery turns out made-from-scratch cupcakes that are pleasant to look at as they are tasty to eat. Eye-catching designs, mouthwatering flavor combinations, and creative cupcake flavors distinguish these sweet snacks from the pack. Signature cupcakes include a chai-tea cupcake, caramel apple streusel made with cinnamon vanilla-bean buttercream, and tiramisu cupcakes brushed with espresso and topped with mascarpone frosting. The menu also features rotating cupcakes made with seasonal fruits.
With its retro black-and-white-tiled floors and candy-colored blue and pink walls, it’s hard to believe that Scoops & More…Ice Cream & Treats opened in 2011 and not in the mid 1950s. This throwback ice-cream parlor sates sweet teeth with decadent Hershey’s ice cream packed into chocolate-dipped waffle cones or transformed into smooth and creamy milkshakes. Owners Donny and Brigitte stock their shop with the ingredients for other timeless treats, such as banana splits and root-beer floats, and amp up classic sundaes with belgian waffles and coffee cake. Open year-round, the shop warms up taste buds during the blustery months with mochas, hot chocolates, and even corn dogs and nachos.
For more than 25 years, Cookie Expressions has been expressing its love for fresh baked goods by whipping up artful cookie arrangements for tons of occasions. Woo the goodwill of sweetheart bosses or bossy sweethearts on October 16 with a six long-stem cookie bouquet, featuring a half-dozen chocolate-chip cookies, dressed in their fanciest red cellophane evening wraps, and arranged with baby's breath and a fern to resemble a box of roses ($33.95). Any number of the get well soon bouquets ($32.95–$42.95) will help rally hospital-bound loved ones to quickly regain the use of their jaw, while the soda glass bouquet ($33.95) also can be used to toast to their speedy recovery.