Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Flavorful syrups in bright colors rain over fluffy balls of finely shaved ice as staff at Oahu Shave Ice & Ice Cream craft their titular frozen treats. A whopping 80 different flavors douse the ice, which holds flavor more evenly than a traditional snow cone, creating Hawaiian-style masterpieces infused with tastes of blackberry, red velvet, or horchata. Order yours Oahu-style to add a scoop of ice cream—which comes in 16 milky flavors—and a Snow Cap of sweet vanilla cream.
Though recently opened at this location, Patty's Cakes and Desserts has been lovingly constructing hand-decorated and freshly-baked cakes and other desserts since 1985. Patty's original flavors and piping-bag artistry are on display with cupcake eye-catchers like the Elvis (luscious banana cake, peanut butter, and bacon) and chocolate with chocolate Chambord mousse cupcakes (both $3 each). Cake balls, Patty's moist, chocolate-dipped spheres, come in flavors like German chocolate with almonds, classic red velvet, and s'mores ($3 each or $36 for a dozen), and can be used in minor league baseball games.
Emulating a true-to-life New York deli, the interior at Gandolfo’s conjures the bustling streets of the Big Apple without the clamor of subways or the rush of the city. Inside each franchise—Gandolfo's locations, like New York City's five boroughs, are spread across 15 states—New York memorabilia dons the walls, overlooking helpings of more than 70 New York–themed sandwiches. From the Long Island chicken salad to the pastrami-stuffed King of Queens, each variety comes piled high atop a freshly baked hero or kaiser roll or sourdough, wheat, or rye bread. The deli also sates Manhattan–size appetites with chili-soaked Nathan’s hot dogs and relieves morning cravings with bagels buried beneath turkey and roast beef.