Peek across the counter at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loaves of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple ($5.25+) to the Rocky Road Caramel Apple, rolled in walnuts and marshmallows before being drizzled in milk chocolate and white confection with liberal discretion ($9.25). For additional brain pampering, snag a tote of freshly fangled fudge ($13.25/lb.).
Lauded by 225BatonRouge, Red Stick Spice Company packs its shelves with myriad piquant, food-enhancing seasonings and more. Peruse a selection of spices and sprinkle caraway seeds atop bread dough and potatoes, or slip scent into scones with lavender flowers. A battery of spice blends enables chefs to craft dishes such as pork tenderloin with a coffee BBQ rub and a daring banana split with a mango-chipotle rub. Black truffle and Thai-ginger sea salts, among others, add an air of intrigue when sprinkled into dishes or blown into the air before leaving a dinner party.
As a sports-nutrition store and smoothie shop, Sunset Smoothie blends fruit and health boosters into tasty performance drinks. These smoothies suit many kinds of diet and exercise plans by serving up both low-fat and muscle-building treats that come in a variety of sweet flavors. Even the indulgent Cheat Days smoothies use Splenda in lieu of sugar, sweetening flavors including banana split and cookies ‘n’ cream. Lacto-sensitive sippers can indulge in allergen-free soy smoothies blended with ice and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Extras pulled from the supplement side of the store enhance smoothies with Muscle Milk, creatine, and vitamin B-12, resulting in a more fortifying drink than Hulk Hogan’s upper-lip sweat.
Ralph's Market expands on the family legacy started by the original father-son team who opened their first store in 1984. The staff maintains the store's independence as it branches out to serve multiple locations around the region.
The aromas of traditional king cakes and seasonal floral arrangements welcome visitors to each store, where carts weave through rows of vibrant fruits and veggies. In the meat department, butchers slice Ralph's market premium-aged special reserve steaks and wrap up fish fresher than a pickup line stored in tupperware.
Generations of Lachaussees have lovingly prepared Cajun meals from family recipes, using succulent cuts of game and traditional meats. For almost two decades, Chris Lachaussee has carried on the family tradition with a full menu of spice-laden, fully cooked meats that are ready to be heated and served. Chris and his staff craft the specialty meats and homestyle sides every day, ensuring that delectable portions of stuffed quail, pork tenderloin stuffed with cream cheese and bacon-wrapped jalapeños, and seafood gumbo arrive at patrons’ tables fresher than a ripe banana’s newest dance moves.
The staff of The Wellness Centre of Baton Rouge believes in a variety of approaches when it comes to feeling good and looking beautiful. Led by Karin Nielsen, practitioners perform lymphatic-drainage therapy, which can help eradicate toxins and expel unwanted bad vibes. With the aim of bringing bodies into balance with holistic approaches, The Wellness Centre offers a variety of detoxifying therapies, such as infrared sauna and ionic footbaths.