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 they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
The sun has set on the town of Denver, but the neon sign on Winchell’s Donut House is still aglow. The familiar smell of baking donuts wafts out from the 24-hour establishment's door, drawing night owls in for steaming cups of coffee and french crullers, jelly donuts, and moist chocolate muffins. A shift change occurs come daytime; breakfasters replace nocturnal dwellers, chatting over freshly made bagels, spicy egg sandwiches, and meaty burritos before the lunch crowd shows up. The donut shop also offers delivery services throughout the local area, transporting freshly made pastries directly to a home, office, or secret rendezvous point at an all-vegetable convention.
Forging a weekly-changing assortment of flavors that each weigh in at 8 calories an ounce—making a pint only 128 calories—Sweet Rush Yogurt hews to healthy standards with a fat- and gluten-free frozen treat that mimics ice cream's creamy texture. Besides everyday parlor flavors, weeks past have seen such self-serve incarnations as german chocolate cake, white russian, yellow cake batter, and juicy lemon, named both for its citrusy zest and its inability to be driven anywhere ($0.38–$0.42/oz.). Fruity flavors mingle with offerings such as mango tango sorbet and fresh strawberry, matched by select hot, cold, and sugar-free toppings. Other toppings populate tasty tundras with forests of candy, cereal, fruit, and nuts, or the cookies and cream mousse monster. Sweet Rush Yogurts are also safe for many diabetics and those who are lactose intolerant; vist their nutrition page for more information.
The men behind Waffle Brothers aren't really brothers—one is from Las Vegas and the other is from Sydney, Australia—but they share a singular quest to create the perfect waffle. Friends John Power and Rod Dupen spent a year-and-a-half honing their technique, and three years traveling to festivals and charity events. At each gathering, they invited Denverites to sample their fresh-off-the-iron goods. In 2010, after many culinary experiments and test tubes ruined by waffle batter, the duo opened their first restaurant.
Every waffle on the menu comes infused with authentic Belgian sugar, which melts into the dough, then caramelizes on the exterior for a sweet and crunchy taste. Customers can personalize their waffles with an array of toppings, including fresh fruit, Nutella, caramel, and peanut butter. Waffles Brothers' other offerings include bagels, specialty sandwiches, salads, and ice cream.
Conceived as a business model to support a single-mom owner, The Coffee Nook brews coffees and espresso from IMACK Coffee, a local, family-operated roaster. Nestled in a storefront in the courtyard of the Glendale Workshops building, The Coffee Nook serves classic coffee drinks and blended espresso beverages, many infused with flavors such as gingerbread, mocha, or sea-salt caramel. To pair with the caffeinated treats, guests can enjoy quesadillas or customized sandwiches in a picturesque outdoor seating area or within the WiFi-equipped café.