Winner of numerous accolades from the readers of the Springs Gazette and the Independent, Josh & John's has firmly established itself as a local favorite. Each scoop of the shop's ice cream is fresh, often churned just hours before, and made without hormone-filled, artificially beefed-up dairy products. Like the seasons, special flavors come and go by the day or week, but popular stalwarts such as yellow cake, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and oatmeal cookie hold down the creamy fort. Toppings such as fresh whipped cream, nuts, fruit, or house-crafted caramel add an extra dash of flavor.
Decorated with pastel and chrome creamery gear and an open chalkboard filled with doodles, Josh & John's is as local as an ice-cream parlor can get, unless it’s located inside an actual local resident. Every day, the friendly staff puts up a new trivia question for patrons to answer, and if you come in on cold, rainy, or snowy days, you'll get bonus punches on your Ice Creamometer card. Josh & John's is also celebrating the opening of a new location in Mountain Shadows.
Since first opening as a Tastee Freez nearly 60 years ago, not much else at BJ’s has changed except for the name. Though ownership has changed hands a few times, it’s always been a family-run business, and the current owners have been filling cones with the stand’s trademark soft-serve since 1989. Still in the original building, patrons coast through the drive-thru (one of the first in the area) or walk up to an order window to peruse a menu laden with burgers and ice cream.
Aside from the soft-serve—which can be plunged into 1 of 10 cone-dip flavors or purchased in to-go pints—diners dig into specialty ice-cream concoctions such as a peanut delight or a Boston shake capped with sundae-style toppings. Unlike Willy Wonka’s safety deposit box, BJ’s has more than sweets: servers can build combo meals with cheeseburgers, chicken strips, or pork-tenderloin sandwiches.
The tradition-treasuring confectioners at Patsy's Original Candies craft a cornucopia of decadent gourmet delights using century-old recipes, handed down for generations. Favoring originality and authentic flavors, each meltable mouthful is made using only real butter, pure chocolate, and dairy cream, while their famous candied popcorn is made using real butterscotch in place of the burnt sugar and margarine-flavored moonshine used by some companies. Sate desires for both the saccharine and the saline with old-fashioned salt water taffy, handcrafted in flavors such as yellow ($15.95 for 32 oz.), or find the perfect all-occasions gift with a box of creamy assorted chocolates ($12.95 for 7 oz.). For globally conscious gastro hounds, Patsy's hand-stretched, golden peanut brittle treats teeth to a smattering of fresh-roasted spanish peanuts ($14.95 for 16 oz.), while rosecup mints are prepared in the classic French style with fresh mint, velvety chocolate, and a blown kiss from Gerard Depardieu. Check out all Patsy's has to offer by reviewing their items by price or product.
Paintings and other works by local artists festoon Cucuru Gallery Cafe, whose walls are painted with the rustic reds and deep greens of the Spanish countryside. Glasses of Spanish wines and specialty cocktails clink within the single-story house-turned-café, such as the Barista blended with espresso and brûlée liqueurs. Cucuru's drinks pair with tapas and other Hispanic-inspired dishes, such as crispy spiced patatas bravas with garlic-aioli dipping sauce and pollo oloroso, which tops a seared chicken breast, manchego cheese, and mashed potatoes with an oloroso-mushroom demi-glace. The café hosts live entertainment throughout the week, such as jazz, funk, and other genres, and opens on Tuesdays for sultry tango classes.
Since 1997, Starlyn's Chocolates has been quelling chocolate cravings with carefully prepared and packaged gourmet goodies. Four half-pound boxes of bark, freshly harvested from sustainable candy-tree forests, arrive to customers in four toothsome flavors. Fangs can sink into the creamy milk-chocolate toasted coconut, the nostalgia-powered peanut-butter and jelly, and the morning-breath-banishing white peppermint before indulging in dark espresso to furnish a coffee fix. The confections' elegant gold foil boxes make these treats an ideal holiday present to unwrap beneath the Christmas tree or tear open in a fit of yuletide mania in the middle of the freeway.