Sugar Lillie Bakery’s fastidious bakers combine fresh ingredients to create a host of delectable baked goods from scratch. The flaky texture of coconut macaroons is the bakery’s specialty, their nugget shapes dipped in chocolate, mixed with toasted pecans, or delivered plain and unadulterated. Custom cakes also showcase their talents, with buttercream frosting styled to pay homage to animals, birthday wishes, pendants, and fond remembrances of favorite hats. The bakery also gladly fixes up customers with breakfast pastries, cookies, brownies, pies, and tarts, which can all be enjoyed in a relaxing fashion with coffee on the patio.
For more than 20 years, Tropical Dreams has crafted super-premium ice cream on the big island of Hawaii. Over that span, they dreamed up more than 160 flavors such as Kona coffee, macadamia nut, and mango cream. They also specialize in authentic Italian gelato and sorbet. They craft all ice cream with 16% butter fat and up to 50% less air than other ice creams, which yields a rich flavor and a texture creamier than a cow’s singing voice.
Icing on the Cupcake’s innovative, meticulously crafted cupcakes have made the shop a top local dessert business on the KCRA A-List for the past three years. Drawing from a cumulative 50 years of baking experience, chefs whip up a daily-changing menu using gourmet ingredients, such as madagascar bourbon vanilla, buttercream frosting, and bacon bits. Colorful displays of cupcakes stack up beneath contemporary decor inside the shop. The bakery also offers delivery services throughout the Sacramento area, bringing freshly baked morsels to customers' homes, offices, or hiding places behind the curtains of their favorite newscasters.
A slab of granite and a crushed Snickers bar may not seem like much, but they can really transform ice cream. At least that’s what Donald and Susan Sutherland believed in 1988 when they opened their first Cold Stone Creamy. The technique they used is simple: creamy homemade ice cream and classic mix-ins blended together upon a cold, granite stone board instead of a smooth bowling lane. The Sutherlands were obviously onto something, because their way of making ice cream has spread like wildfire: today, 1,400 stores dispense the frozen treats in cups, cakes, and freshly baked specialty waffle cones.
The staff at Juice It Up! conducts a symphony of whirring blenders, juice squeezers, and chattering ice in an effort to promote health. The smoothies and juices are colorful canvases whose crimson, emerald, and goldenrod hues are drawn from a palette of nonfat yogurts, sherbets, and acai berries as well as watermelon juice, chai tea, and ginseng. Nutritional supplements add a blast of energy, proteins, echinacea, or vitamins to drinks before a tough workout or a visit to tell a motorcycle gang its loan has not been approved.