The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Culled from natural ingredients, Berripop's nonfat frozen yogurt is whipped fresh daily and infused with vibrant flavors. Sate chromatic cravings with Berripop's rainbow of taste-hues, such as luscious chocolate, refreshing mango, piquant green apple, and delectably indecisive raspberry-pomegranate. With a twist of the faucet, yogurus whirl out a medium-sized mound ($4.50) to be adorned with edible textures from a topping bar rife with fresh kiwi, raspberries, almonds, Cap'n Crunch, Reese's peanut-butter cups, and more ($1 for unlimited toppings). Alternatively, guests can enjoy smoothies, parfaits, or shaved ice to make tongues feel as cool as Fonzie sledding the Alps on a gold record. Each location of the Texas-born dairy dispensary beams with a bright modern interior, free WIFI, and flat-screen TVs to entertain eyes as they fill bellies. Groupon buyers who return again within one month of their first purchase will receive 50% off their next set of treats.
Himalayan pink salt, almond marzipan, Mexican chipotle, Moroccan mint tea—these are just a few of the exotic ingredients that the chocolatiers at Araya Artisan Chocolate cull from around the world so that they can infuse their Venezuelan chocolates with complex and surprising flavors. They strive to emulate French and Belgian styles, complementing the cocoa bean's naturally bitter taste with honey instead of sugar. They make each chocolate by hand in Katy, using only natural ingredients devoid of preservatives, artificial flavors, or glowing red serums pilfered from mad scientists. They even make vegan options. These experts decorate each of the chocolates with colorful designs, adorning peanut butter–berry with bright stripes and adding an enticing dollop of green atop the margarita option. Due to their insistence on hand crafting unique bites, they've earned attention from foodies at My Table and the River Oaks Examiner. Just recently, Araya Artisan Chocolate opened its newest location at the Uptown Park Mall.
Cloud Cafe's team of baristas creates hot, caffeinated drinks that double as sippable works of art. They finish off lattes with elaborate designs scrawled into foam, which carefully conceals the rich flavors of fair-trade beans sourced from the likes of Montana and Nicaragua that rest below. They also brew cups of loose-leaf herbal teas and dot exotic bubble tea varieties such as avocado with tapioca pearls. These aromatic cups complement a menu of pastries and sweets, which includes strawberries dipped in chocolate. This artistic bent makes sense, since the espresso and teahouse also doubles as an art gallery with pop art hanging from the walls and menus printed on the back of priceless masterpieces.
The staff at Fruulala Frozen Yogurt Cafe encourages what they call “swirly artistry” by giving customers free reign to build their own desserts. With a cup in hand, visitors can pump any combination of on-tap flavors, which rotate through a list that includes non-fat dark chocolate, birthday cake, sea-salt pretzel, pistachio, and cookies and cream. More than 50 cold and dry toppings––including lychee, fudge brownies, Kit Kat, raisins, and granola––sprinkle over the frosty peaks to finish the design process, and a staff member weighs the final product to determine its price. Some flavors are low-fat, non-fat, gluten-free, or dairy-free, and all of Fruulala’s yogurts are chockfull of live and active probiotic cultures, which boost immune-system function and digestive health, and all yogurts are also guaranteed free of artificial growth hormones and steak.