"You don't know what you're missing," President Barack Obama told the journalists who'd just turned down his offer to order some ice cream on his family's tab. Meanwhile, the staff at Bruster's Real Ice Cream passed the president's order through the stand's windows—mint-chip ice cream for Obama, a hot-fudge sundae for the First Lady, and a cup of cake-batter-oreo ice cream for Sasha, according to Obama Foodorama.
The customers aren't always presidential, but Bruster's crew whips up all desserts in-store for the average citizen, too—including cakes, waffle cones, and the ice cream itself. Ice-cream choices rotate between more than 150 flavors, including red velvet cake batter and mocha almond fudge made with caffeinated ice cream. Flavors made with oreos and thin mints keep inner cookie monsters from jumping out of their people-suits. The staff also forges the ice cream into other forms, such as ice-cream cakes and pies, sundaes, and Blasts blended with candy mix-ins.
Voted Best Cakes in 2009 by CityVoter Albany, The Cakery bakes a kaleidoscope of aromatic cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from scratch. Sink sweet teeth into a dozen of The Cakery's highly-sought-after red-velvet cupcakes cloaked in a palate-friendly frosting ($14.99), or curb cacao cravings with decadent chocolate cupcakes ($8.99/doz.). Celebrate April Drool's Day with a cake ($30.99+) made with your choice of cookie, ice-cream, Frisbee, or classic cake. The Cakery bakes a water tower's worth of cookies ($5.75+/doz.) each day that range from melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies to delicious thumbprint cookies that are as bold as the passive-aggressive note left on the company refrigerator.
A newly opened eatery, Nana’s tricks taste buds into thinking it’s summer year-round with a selection of scoopable frozen treats, predessert sandwich snacks, and an afternoon pizza buffet. Ergonomically designed to fit hands, Nana’s sandwiches ($5.25–$6.75) range from a scrumptious roast beef to a tasty pimiento cheese. At 11 a.m. each day, a hidden wall switch is activated, and floor panels flip to reveal an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet ($6.99), which disappears again at 2 p.m. as if it was a hunger-induced mirage. Ice cream cones ($2–$2.75) leave extra hands free for high-fives and brain-freeze massages. Triple scoops board a sunny kayak in the banana split ($4.50), and hand-dipped milkshakes round out the meltables ($3.25). Outdoor seating provides a sugar-crash pad, where the hyper-connected can take advantage of complimentary WiFi to update their online status with a string of satisfied ZzzZzzs.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At MaggieMoo’s, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and mini-marshmallows. Prices range from $2.79 to $4.89 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($8.95 per 4-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes (prices vary based on customization) on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Maggie's Mud and Chocolate Heaven, and are available in 6-inch, 8-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, creamy mango, and mocha coffee smoothies, whereas ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Dairy Queen offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavor options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.59 for a medium). The waffle-bowl sundae slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge for an appealingly layered delight ($3.95), and the milkshake puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability ($2.59 for a medium). Hungry bellies can cry out for a crispy onion BBQ grillburger ($3.49) or a footlong hot dog slathered with chili and cheese ($2.69). Vegetarian-minded customers can nibble on a tossed salad ($1.39) or sneak onion rings ($1.39) while everyone else looks for the tofu cookie on the ceiling. With a variety of meal options, grilled delectables offer appetites savory samplings worthy of being referred to as the dessert that comes before dessert.