At Aspen Leaf Yogurt, customers create custom cultured confections by mixing and matching a variety of self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and toppings. Each milky masterpiece weighs in at the register, allowing yogurt lovers to control how much they pay and how much brain freeze they'll voluntarily endure ($0.42/oz.). The well-trained machines tamely dispense more than 14 rotating flavors, including nonfat, sugar-free, and dairy-free options, and each bowl of creamy goodness provides a healthy dose of bone-building calcium and probiotics to aid digestion and boost the immune system. Complement yogurt's natural wholesomeness with a smattering of fresh fruits such as kiwi, strawberries, and banana, or heap it with candy pieces from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in a decadent desecration of a postparka-season diet.
The Fixx keeps the caffeinated in control with a slate of locally roasted, fair-trade organic coffee. Fire up your morning motor with classic drip coffee ($1.50–$1.90), available with free refills, or opt for more lavish day igniters, such as a latte ($2.55–$3.45) or a mocha ($2.85–$3.75). For Revolutionary War re-enactors seeking authentic beverages in between recreations of the battles of Bunker Hill and Endor, The Fixx serves up hot tea ($2.25), and a muffin ($2.25) or a bagel with cream cheese ($1.95) hits the spot like Hideo Nomo at a knock-down-the-bottles carnival game. Other delicious eats include breakfast burritos ($4.25) and boxed lunches containing a sandwich or breakfast burrito, a soda or water, chips, and a cookie ($6).
Lucy's brews strong cups of organic, fair-trade coffee and a sizable selection of espressos. The espresso con panna, topped with a spoonful of whipped cream, can be dolloped on a chin to form a thick, Marx-esque beard. But latte lovers can forget foam mustaches, because Lucy's take on the milky drink has little or no foam. Caffeine-complementary pastries are abundant at Lucy's, and breakfast items, such as a croissandwich with bacon and cheese ($4.25), make any morning manageable. By lunchtime, Lucy's unveils a host of sandwiches, wraps, and paninis.
At locations in more than a dozen states, U-Swirl delivers more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt packed with live and active cultures and designed in low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free varieties. Self-serve machines line the shop’s lime green walls, ready for customers to dispense heaping swirls of old favorites, such as cookie & cream and fruit sorbet, or seasonal innovations, including eggnog in the winter and fireworks in the summer. Next, patrons head to the toppings bar and crown their frozen treats with as much fresh fruit, cereal, and candy as they can handle before weighing cups and paying by the ounce.
Sno Biz chills taste buds with a staggering variety of shaved-ice snacks. After being sheared to a fine, flaky consistency, ice bathes in tasty flavors ranging from cherry and almond to pink bubblegum and cantaloupe (small, $2; large, $3). The shaved ice is fat-free, and sugar-free flavors are available.
Dulce Cupcakes' cupcake craftsmen bake specialized batches of frosted morsels using organic, free-range eggs and multigrain flour. Customers can celebrate 12 years of perfect dental history with a full dozen delivered to their doorstep or saunter over to the Capital City Public Market to snag individual cupcakes ($3). The pastry chefs craft sundry eclectic flavors such as maple-glazed bacon, in which maple bacon bits top pastries loaded with maple syrup, and the Drunken pumpkin-pie cupcake, whose pumpkin-spice cake is coated with cream-liqueur frosting and fresh-baked pie crumbles. Patrons can startle daydreaming taste buds with the spicy mexican chocolate's blend of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chocolate, or present a friend with a double chocolate-peppermint cupcake to express affection or freshen their breath.