Winner of numerous accolades from the readers of the Springs Gazette and the Independent, Josh & John's has firmly established itself as a local favorite. Each scoop of the shop's ice cream is fresh, often churned just hours before, and made without hormone-filled, artificially beefed-up dairy products. Like the seasons, special flavors come and go by the day or week, but popular stalwarts such as yellow cake, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, and oatmeal cookie hold down the creamy fort. Toppings such as fresh whipped cream, nuts, fruit, or house-crafted caramel add an extra dash of flavor.
Decorated with pastel and chrome creamery gear and an open chalkboard filled with doodles, Josh & John's is as local as an ice-cream parlor can get, unless it’s located inside an actual local resident. Every day, the friendly staff puts up a new trivia question for patrons to answer, and if you come in on cold, rainy, or snowy days, you'll get bonus punches on your Ice Creamometer card. Josh & John's is also celebrating the opening of a new location in Mountain Shadows.
Steve Kuhnau grew up battling allergies and low blood sugar, and in the late 60's, he finally found the perfect solution, and it was delicious. Blending real fruit, proteins, nutrients, and other mix-ins, Steve created Smoothie King to provide nutritious drinks, many of which can be as filling and healthful as a meal. Fiber, probiotics, antioxidants, and other enhancements can boost the health effects of customers, plus skipping added sweeteners can help avoid calories, carbs, and conniving tooth fairies who have a malicious contract with all sugars.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
With brightly colored walls and ceilings that parallel the fruity flavors and toppings of their yogurts, iTopIt’s dual locations cheer the eyes as they chill the stomach. Each shop fills its self-serve spigots with 24 flavors of yogurt and sorbet, including nonfat and nondairy options. More than 70 toppings topple down each cupful’s creamy peaks, from fresh fruits to favorite candies and Triple-Dog-Dare, an oatmeal concoction that telepathically goads its eaters into licking frozen lampposts.
The tradition-treasuring confectioners at Patsy's Original Candies craft a cornucopia of decadent gourmet delights using century-old recipes, handed down for generations. Favoring originality and authentic flavors, each meltable mouthful is made using only real butter, pure chocolate, and dairy cream, while their famous candied popcorn is made using real butterscotch in place of the burnt sugar and margarine-flavored moonshine used by some companies. Sate desires for both the saccharine and the saline with old-fashioned salt water taffy, handcrafted in flavors such as yellow ($15.95 for 32 oz.), or find the perfect all-occasions gift with a box of creamy assorted chocolates ($12.95 for 7 oz.). For globally conscious gastro hounds, Patsy's hand-stretched, golden peanut brittle treats teeth to a smattering of fresh-roasted spanish peanuts ($14.95 for 16 oz.), while rosecup mints are prepared in the classic French style with fresh mint, velvety chocolate, and a blown kiss from Gerard Depardieu. Check out all Patsy's has to offer by reviewing their items by price or product.
More than 50 flavors of gelato rotate regularly at this Italian sweetery, and each one is made on the premises with dry ingredients imported directly from Europe's boot. Sidestep scurvy with a cup of Clementine (smalls are $2.91), or experience the softer side of nature's most dangerous torpedo with a fluffy, regular-sized cup of pineapple (regulars are $3.96). All fruit flavors are free of lactose—creamier cousins, such as cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut, provide a healthy lac-dose. You're encouraged to take gelato home; freezer-friendly containers are available by the pint ($6.97) or quart ($11.47). Other Italian treats, such as espresso ($1.61) and cappuccino ($2.81), are also on hand to thaw frozen brains and warm chilly bloods.