With one offering creamy frozen yogurt and the other baking up warm, fluffy buns, Tutti Frutti and O' My Buns may seem like opposite entities. They do have one thing in common, however: sweet, endlessly customizable treats. Tutti Frutti's array of flavors includes coconut, taro, pomegranate, and many others, which holds as much allure as the frozen yogurt's health benefits—it's brimming with helpful microorganisms. In addition, several of the yogurts at Tutti Frutti are made with soy beans, which makes them lower in fat and ideal for vegans and those who can't stomach lactose. Alongside the chilly silver dispensers, there are tubs of kiwi, sprinkles, granola, and the other toppings ideal for sprinkling on cups of yogurt or luring ducks away from people who only brought bread to the park.
The simple, subtly sweet coffee buns that O' My Buns bakes fresh every day were a hit in Asia long before they graced palates in other continents. O' My Buns spurred that global expansion, allowing customers all over the world to sink their teeth into the soft pastry's crispy outer layer after customizing it with vanilla glazes, cream-cheese fillings, sesame-seed toppings, and a range of other additions.
With decadent flavors such as mango, vanilla bean, and taro packing as few as 80 calories per half-cup, the self-serve frozen yogurt at Sugar Berry is as healthy as it is delicious. Customers pump their own swirls of yogurt and sprinkle them with their choice of toppings; a staff member then weighs their creations to price them and determine whether they can be smuggled home in airline carry-on baggage. Sugar Berry also serves sippable treats: bubble teas come in flavors such as chai tea, peach, papaya, and honeydew.
Hobie's Café's menu details a hearty listing of staple American entrees. Bowls of new england clam chowder ($5.75) warm palates with succulent seafood morsels in milky broth, quenching appetites. Freshly baked breads squeeze sandwich ingredients into convenient handheld packages such as the original Hobie ($5.66), whose ham and genoa salami arrive adorned in monterey jack cheese and a secret sauce blend. Meats and cheeses test their mettles in stuffed baked potatoes ($4.66), and raspberry-chicken salads ($5.66) satisfy sweet and savory hankerings as diners gaze over a collection of more than 200 baseball hats and eat upon tables made of authentic basketball court and dragon scales of questionable authenticity. Hobie's Café sits conveniently only a short walk away from Michigan State's athletic facilities.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, 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 $3.39 to $6.79 for a cup or cone. Dream cakes ($24.95+), 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 (starting at $4.75), whereas ice-cream pizzas ($19.95+) topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Since 1935, employee-owned Paramount Coffee has fired up roasters daily to infuse beans with rich, fresh flavor, now shipping a range of organic, fair-trade, flavored, and local brands to households nationwide. Seeking both quality beans and quality businesses, Paramount's coffee-curators source their aromatic offerings from around the world. A medium roast, the organic and fair trade Peru beans finish with a slightly sweet aftertaste ($8.99/10 oz.). The subtle chocolate flavor and hints of spice of fair trade Rwanda coffee reach mugs thanks to a partnership between Paramount Coffee, Michigan State University, and Rwandan farmers ($9.19/12 oz.). Bulk coffee such as the Ann Arbor Blend ($44.50/5 lbs.) fuels all-night study sessions and marathon slip 'n' slide tournaments, while Paramount’s own flavored coffees fill kitchens with the scents of blueberry muffins, coffee cake, and pumpkin pie ($8.99+/12 oz.).