A firm believer that cupcakes should delight both the palate and the eyes, seasoned confectioner Melanie founded her eponymous bakery as a means of putting her passion for crafting sweets into practice. Melanie used to only whip up treats for her family and friends, but now extends her talents to sate the sweet teeth of her customers with cupcakes in such decadent flavors as PB & J, strawberry lemonade, and banana pudding. Melanie also infuses spirits into cupcakes such as rum and coke, eggnog cream, and mimosa, none of which come with cocktail umbrellas that hinder quick consumption.
At 30 Bahama Buck's locations throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Nevada, employees whip up shaved ice concoctions amid island decor while surrounded by tiki torches and bamboo trim. The tropical treats bring relief from the oppressive southwestern heat—precisely Blake Buchanan's goal when he opened the first establishment in 1990 and precisely the goal of the inventor of the Hollywood movie studio. The menu today encompasses more than 91 flavors, ranging from apple and banana to watermelon and white coconut. Patrons who forgot their brain freeze medicine can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, smoothies or sodas.
At HelloYo Frozen Yogurt's colorful shop, customers become dessert artisans. A white- and pink-tiled wall of pumps displays the on-tap flavors, inviting them to swirl as much natural, creamy yogurt as they’d like. Then, patrons can scoop their own candy and fresh-fruit toppings to finish off their sundae. A staff member then weighs each creation to determine its price and its weight class, just in case it would like to enlist in the shop’s underground yogurt wrestling club.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
While most frozen fruit restaurants dump a bunch of pre-made liquid yogurt mix into the top of their machine, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt buys yogurt powder, milk, and other fresh ingredients, then mixes it all together themselves. Thus far, their process has yielded 16 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their cups with cool, low-fat coconut, strawberry, NSA vanilla, dairy-free orange, and pistachio. Juicy strawberries, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 40 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Bodacious Cones is really three things in one: a coffee shop, a smoothie bar, and a gourmet snow-cone emporium. For the young at heart, staffers blend together premium cream, cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more to create more than 100 flavors of its signature sweet cream treat, one for every hour of the day. For the young at heart, staffers blend together cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more with its signature sweet cream ?Chaa? to create more than 100 gourmet treats. The shop also brews a smooth and tasty blend of Kona coffee and serves the caffeine-packed beverage hot, iced, or as a frappe.
FruitiYogi's self-serve frozen yogurt machines and bountiful toppings bar allow guests to create limitless combinations of frozen confections. The shop rolls out 10 flavors of frozen yogurt at a time, keeping sweet teeth on their toes with rotating varieties that may include strawberry, coconut, and pumpkin. Sprinkles, gummy bears, nuts, and chocolate chips headline a selection of 60 toppings that pile into cups and protect froyo from the sun, especially when it wears its monocle.