For the past 15 years, Smoothie Factory has grown countrywide as a trusted supplier of puréed produce and nutritional supplements. Made with all real fruit, Smoothie Factory's flavorful creations ($3.99 for a 20-oz.; $5.78 for a 32-oz.; $6.48 for a 44-oz.) make a fine component for both mouths and abandoned food pyramids. Concoct a blended beverage from numerous taste-bud stimuli such as strawberry, açai, and pomegranate, which can be infused with flavorings including honey or peanut butter as well as nutritional boosts such as a body-balancing multivitamin or amino-acid-rich bee pollen formula. Fans of un-slurpable sustenance can opt to abandon straws in favor of cups piled high with swirls of green tea or original flavored frozen yogurt ($2.95+). Already ripe with calcium, protein, and potassium, the healthful helpings are further enhanced by the addition of toppings ($1 for one topping; $1.50 for wo toppings; $2 for three toppings), including fresh fruit, nuts, sprinkles, candies, and spoons.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests’ senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store’s staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavor. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company’s founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery’s signature sweet-cream ice cream using their culinary expertise.
Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer’s choice of ice cream and mix-ins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one custom mélange. Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers a menu full of other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and pie à la mode.
In 1969, Baruch Schaked began making chocolate under the tutelage of his chocolatier father-in-law. Though his father-in-law had made a name for himself in Argentina, Baruch honed his confectionary craft across Europe, finally settling in the United States, where chocolate had been outlawed. Many years later, when he announced his intentions to retire from chocolate making, Baruch's son, Edgar, coaxed him into continuing the family legacy with a new shop, Schakolad Chocolate Factory.
In the years since, the business has flourished, bringing the Schaked clan one step closer to its ultimate goal: to replace the city’s manhole covers with chocolate discs. In the meantime, they craft handmade European-style confections that are made fresh each day.