Since opening its first shop in 1981, TCBY has mesmerized millions with mountains of creamy frozen yogurt. Drumming up excitement for low-fat treats was a distinct challenge back then, when ice cream ruled the dessert scene and bundt cake helmed the Senate. Today, the franchise shapes the treat's future with innovations such as frozen greek yogurt, which sports more than 8 grams of protein per half-cup serving. More than 25 varieties of yogurt and sorbet rotate through more than 450 stores nationwide, swirling from self-serve machines at the Folsom and Roseville locations. Flavors range from classics such as old-fashioned vanilla to modern marvels such as cake batter and root-beer float. To accommodate dieters and diners with sugar sensitivities, TCBY sweetens five different flavors with calorie-free sucralose. Filled with fruits, candies, and bite-size baked goods, a toppings bar brims with color and texture, like a rainbow made of extra-coarse sandpaper.
Shari Fitzpatrick is passionate about strawberries. She's been dipping them in chocolate for more than 20 years, though her affinity for the fruit dates even further back to the strawberry patch in her childhood backyard. Since then, Shari has written the book on the hand-dipped treats?she published Berried In Chocolate in 2010?and has produced countless treats through her shop, Berried in Chocolate.
Shoppers can choose from an array of luscious strawberries that bear coatings of drizzled dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate. The shop's offerings also include caramel apple wedges and dipped chocolate chip cookies.
At Churchill Arms Pub, flat-screen televisions proudly broadcast sports games, as on-lookers feast upon classic pub food and drink draft beers. The English-styled pub offers traditional pub meals such as fish and chips or bangers and mash while pro and college football games entertain visitors. Pizzas carry bounties of buffalo chicken or pepperoni, as patty melts team up with pub mac and cheese, to the chagrin of vegan men named Mac everywhere. Draft beers—such as Newcastle or Stella Artois—pour forth during events such as pub trivia or bingo, while jukebox tunes mingle with the sounds of balls clacking on a pool table.
Thanks to their similar height and hair color, close friends Geneva Soulier and Erin Whitely were often mistaken for sisters. So when they decided to start selling Hawaiian shaved ice—Geneva's favorite treat, according to the El Dorado Hills Telegraph—it wasn't hard to pick a name. Dubbed the ShiverSisters, the duo now dispenses soft mounds of shaved ice from a vintage Airstream trailer, earning a visit from Fox 40. Inside, a rainbow of colorful plastic bottles dispense flavors that range from cola and coconut to tiger’s blood, mango, and blue raspberry. Organic cream or a scoop of ice cream adds depth and body to combinations such as creamsicle—a blend of orange and vanilla syrups—or sour tart, which blends sour pink lemon and sour green apple flavors, giving lips ample puckering practice for kissing championships.
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.
Every day since ?Daddy Dave? Leatherby Sr. and his wife, Sally, opened the first Leatherby?s Family Creamery 30 years ago, the shop has been churning out fresh ice cream layered in sweet sauces straight from the candy kettle. Milk, cream, and sugar form the base of Leatherby?s more than 45 flavors, which range from staples such as chocolate and strawberry to more exotic varieties including mocha almond fudge and spumoni. Inspired by family recipes that date back a half-century, these frosty treats come in cones, shakes, malts, and sodas, as well as in heaping sundaes and banana splits, the largest of which tips the scales at 54 ounces. Leatherby?s menu has expanded over time, and includes savory options such as sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads.