Since 1997, Starlyn's Chocolates has been quelling chocolate cravings with carefully prepared and packaged gourmet goodies. Four half-pound boxes of bark, freshly harvested from sustainable candy-tree forests, arrive to customers in four toothsome flavors. Fangs can sink into the creamy milk-chocolate toasted coconut, the nostalgia-powered peanut-butter and jelly, and the morning-breath-banishing white peppermint before indulging in dark espresso to furnish a coffee fix. The confections' elegant gold foil boxes make these treats an ideal holiday present to unwrap beneath the Christmas tree or tear open in a fit of yuletide mania in the middle of the freeway.
Just 4 Me Pastries & Eatery specializes in classic desserts like buttercream-frosted cupcakes and also in creative treats, which includes savory-sweet chocolate-dipped bacon. For a special event, order a fruit pie or a a cake decorated with fondant roses. The spot also serves up gluten-free desserts for those with special dietary needs.
Cupcake Girls' resident chefs whip up cupcakes using both time-tested and unique ingredients, drawing from old family recipes enhanced with their own innovative twists. Corral up to a dozen full-size cupcakes or opt for 12 miniature treats, which were regular size until falling victim to a shrink-ray experiment gone deliciously wrong. Cupcake conjurers assemble opulent pastries such as the Serve with Champagne cake, a devil's food chocolate treat they infuse with Chambord liqueur and raspberry juice before crowning it with chocolate shavings and a fresh raspberry. Otherwise, the Get Your Greens treat anoints a zucchini-based cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, and the Perfect Little Pumpkin cupcake marries the flavorful fall fruit with chocolate chips for an autumnal treat that rivals candy corn on the cob.
The favorite ice cream of Colorado Springers Colorado Springs wide, Josh & John's luscious blends are made without hormoney, artificially beefed-up dairy products, and each scoop is fresh, often churned just hours before. Like the seasons, special flavors come and go by the day or week, but popular stalwarts such as yellow cake, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, oatmeal cookie, Dutch chocolate, and Rocky Mountain Roads Take My Tongue Home hold down the creamy fort. Dive face-first into a regular-sized cone ($4) or homemade waffle-bowl ice-cream salad ($5.45). Top them with garnishes such as fresh whipped cream, nuts, fruit, the house-crafted caramel, and more ($0.15–$0.90 each). Go sundae any day ($5.10 for a regular) or celebrate soccer-league victory with a round of root-beer floats ($4.25). You can also take home a pint of your own ($4.75) or prepare in advance for a chilly special occasion by ordering an ice-cream cake (starting a $19).
Since first opening as a Tastee Freez nearly 60 years ago, not much else at BJ’s has changed except for the name. Though ownership has changed hands a few times, it’s always been a family-run business, and the current owners have been filling cones with the stand’s trademark soft-serve since 1989. Still in the original building, patrons coast through the drive-thru (one of the first in the area) or walk up to an order window to peruse a menu laden with burgers and ice cream.
Aside from the soft-serve—which can be plunged into 1 of 10 cone-dip flavors or purchased in to-go pints—diners dig into specialty ice-cream concoctions such as a peanut delight or a Boston shake capped with sundae-style toppings. Unlike Willy Wonka’s safety deposit box, BJ’s has more than sweets: servers can build combo meals with cheeseburgers, chicken strips, or pork-tenderloin sandwiches.