Carvel's ice-cream shops sling creamy and crunchy treats spanning the sweet-spectrum from hand-dipped ice cream cones to ice-cream cakes made fresh daily. Customize an ice-cream cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration, or pick up a fully festooned cake ($11.99+) trimmed by one of Carvel's seasoned treat artisans. Each hand-dipped ice-cream cup ($2.59–$4.29) or frosty shake ($3.99–$4.99) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Taste buds can also ascend classic hot-fudge sundaes ($3.99–$4.99), winding past chocolate-syrup flows and whipped-cream glaciers en route to the cherry summit. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their nutritional information and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
You Say When Yogurt Shoppe was designed to give customers that necessary balance between healthy and delicious when they wanted to indulge in something sweet. Rotating flavors for frozen yogurt include creamsicle, boysenberry, and gingerbread yogurt, while smoothies are packed with nutritious flavors like or strawberry, mango, and mojito. Both options provide a refreshing taste and nutritious vitamins and minerals. The frozen yogurt also comes packed with live and active cultures that aid in digestion and give self-guided tours of your stomach.
The bakers at Sugar, Spice & Cupcake Bites concoct mouthwatering symphonies of flavor with adorable, freshly baked cupcakes available in a dizzying array of varieties. Cakemakers convert familiar treats such as banana splits or snickerdoodles into cupcake form, and they empower customers to create their own desserts with flavors and fillings such as chocolate fudge, marshmallow, Nutella, Guinness, or maple bacon. Clients can cherry-top their masterpieces with all-edible decorations or ring in special occasions with a jumbo cupcake, which is equal in size to 48 regular-size cupcakes and can be used to sneak a jackhammer into a jail cell.
Considering Juan and Alvaro Gorrin studied medicine and business, and went on to forge careers in real estate and banking, it's probably surprising to many that they found their ultimate success in a totally unrelated field: baking. The Gorrins, who were born in Spain but moved to Venezuela in their youth, found there was a demand for European-inspired baked goods in South America. They developed the Don Pan brand in Venezuela in 1982, and eventually relocated to Miami, where they opened their first North American bakery in 1995.
Today, their menu maintains distinctly Spanish and South American accents. A bounty of pastries includes guava danish and tres leches, as well as brazo gitano, a sponge cake rolled with chocolate or cream that's popular in both Spain and Venezuela, as well as the section of Canada that uses cake as currency. There are also plenty of savory menu items, including cachapas—corn pancakes served with meat or cheese—and Venezuelan-style tamales bursting with pork, beef, chicken, and veggies.
Owners Spencer and Sabrina Aird parlay a passion for nourishing vegan fare into Grass Root Organic Restaurant, which CBS Tampa named one of the best veg restaurants in the city. Carmine walls envelop diners in the cozy café space, creating a soothing atmosphere punctuated with vivid abstract paintings hung along the wall. While settled into high-backed wooden chairs, each topped with a lattice design, diners dig into a menu that features cooked vegan dishes as well as raw dishes. Raw vegan pad thai, guacamole, and spinach and basil pesto, among others, star on the restaurant's roster.
The Airds also run a customizable meal delivery system that sends clients fresh meals from a rotating weekly menu several times a week. Sabrina teaches occasional classes on how to replicate her culinary expertise and mimic items on Grass Root's menu by sitting very still on an oversized plate.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.