Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $3.79 and $5.29, depending on size and location.
Bianca's Designs' Wilton Method–certified instructors decorate brains with the knowledge to artfully frost and flavor pastries, causing cupcakes to blossom with layered arrangements of sugary concoctions. During a two-hour class, students learn to harness the mythical powers of a pastry bag to create intricate frosted designs and perfectly smooth icing finishes, having fun with fondant along the way. The course includes freedom of speech and all pastry-making supplies and ingredients, which eagerly await transformation into finished treats and consumption by family and friends as new pastry paramours bring their creations home to share.
Descended from a line of confectionary-crafting matriarchs, proprietress Debbie Pugh bakes toothsome treats from scratch alongside Kemi, a Le Cordon Bleu–trained patisserie professional. Handheld and homemade from family recipes, The Cake House's mouthwatering cake grenades ignite taste sensors with flavorsome bursts of key lime, carrot, german chocolate, or coconut, topped with buttercream or chocolate icing. Red velvet cupcakes save the living-room drapes by swathing tongues in a more palate-friendly fabric, and dessert devotees who measure the value of their sweets solely by weight can trade today's Groupon for one or two dozen rich pound-cake cupcakes.