You don't need to know how to jitterbug to get the most out of a visit to Jitterbug Cafe, but just a warning––the creative fare, gelato, and coffee drinks might just make you want to dance anyway. After all, what's not to love about strawberry-shortcake oatmeal with whipped cream? Or rocky road frappes? Or tabletop s'mores featuring marshmallows roasted by diners over an open flame or through pyrokinesis? The fun and flavorful options might even inspire you to dream up your own smoothie or latte, which could make it onto the staff's running tab of the drinks customers have created themselves, such as the Saba, a spicy hot chocolate blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, or the Cloud 9, a drink made with creamy white chocolate and coconut.
At parties and other gatherings, people seem to orbit happily around food. Baker and cook Salma delights in crafting the baked goods around which people socialize. Her dessert prowess results in a diverse range of treats that have included chocolate-swirl cookies, colorful cake pops, and lemon squares. She has artfully decorated cupcakes with chocolate kisses or frosting flowers and whole cakes with sleek coronas of frosting. Salma also creates appetizer platters covered with egg rolls, beef patties, and veggie wraps like every single guest at the Three Stooges’ wedding.
Frozen Cafe revives down-and-out palates with fresh frozen treats made from natural ingredients. Tired tongue muscles get an invigorating ice bath with fresh gelato in classic flavors such as mint chocolate chip, cookies 'n' cream, and chocolate cherry, as well as creative concoctions such as caramel pecan, tiramisu, and chocolate chili ($3.49/med.). Rather than settling for a dessert tray of ice cubes, health fanatics find needed nourishment with frozen yogurt in mouth-watering flavors such as pineapple orange, double fudge, raspberry, and pink guava ($0.39/oz.). Scoop stalkers can prepare for lonely nights or raucous block parties with regular ($9.99) or large ($14.99) to-go containers filled to the brim with beloved gelato flavors. Strawberry-banana and Oreo smoothies make for indulgent treats ($4.25 each/lg.), and a slew of coffee drinks come in both hot and cold varieties for indecisive mouth-climate changers.
Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a California dairy, and it is free of the artificial growth hormone rSBT. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.