After making a few pilgrimages to frozen-yogurt shops across the country, the founders of Yogurtopia came up with their own recipe for success. They only wanted to use high-quality frozen yogurt and toppings that emphasized both good taste and health.
Now, the shop?s creamy frozen treats swirl from self-serve machines in more than 90 flavors, such as nonfat swiss chocolate, low-fat cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added wild strawberry. A bountiful toppings bar cascades fresh fruit, nuts, and candy options such as rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, and Butterfingers on top of the frosty swirls.
After making desserts at Vincent on Camelback and La Dolce Vita, Le Cordon Bleu London–trained pastry chef Rachel Saunders became the co-owner of TopIt Cupcakes, where she handcrafts a rotating variety of cupcakes. Standards, such as salted caramel on chocolate cake, are available every day, and special-guest confections, including pancake maple and bacon, french toast, and s'mores, make cameos on the menu once a week. She can finish cupcakes with special designs upon request, or leave them bare for patrons to frost and top their treats with an assortment of candies or IOUs spelled out in sprinkles.
Though the loaves you buy off the shelves at Wildflower Bread Company might be warm from the oven, they might not have been made fresh that day. That's not because Wildflower uses frozen dough—rather, its bakers are firm believers in slow-rising bread, letting their handcrafted dough rise for 16–24 hours before it ever sees an oven. So every morning, dough mixed and hand-shaped the previous day is worked into one of 18 styles of bread. The house specialties include classic baguettes, rye bread sprinkled with pasilla chilies, pretzels, or loaves worked through with rosemary and sea salt. These breads can be bought by the loaf or enjoyed as the anchors of a gourmet sandwich, an edible soup bowl, or a side for salad or pasta. The bakers also make room in their ovens for scones, tarts, and cakes, taking care of their customers' sweet teeth so they can stop chaining the table sugar to the coffee station.
Though the flavors inside them change, the 12 frozen yogurt dispensers at TasteBuds always pour out frosty swirls rich in probiotics and calcium, and low in fat, including non-dairy, gluten-free, and low-surgar options. From cookies and cream to tart peach, each helping of frozen yogurt arrives ready for a lineup of toppings including candy bits and fruit. Once assembled, treats wait to be gobbled at a table inside TasteBuds’s lime-green-and-tangerine-colored storefront, which features wood floors and paneling that contrasts with ultra-modern tables and chairs. A designated area for kids known as Chandler’s Corner keeps youngsters entertained with crayons and paper, and the fruits of their labor hang proudly on the walls, signed with sugary thumbprints.
There are two main tenets that the staff at Drizzled Chocolate Shop holds dear: that customers should be able to customize their orders and that treats just aren’t complete until they have a sweet drizzling of chocolate. From these two ideas the team has built an entire business, creating baked-to-order treats that can be customized to accommodate flavor preferences, desired packaging, and which type of chocolate will be hardest for roommates to find once hidden in your closet. For clients who need help deciding, the shop also has a roster of favorite treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, popcorn drizzled in milk and white chocolate, or chocolate-dunked cookies.
Snowgurt Frozen Yogurt's logo depicts a cartoon abominable snowman, but its treats aren't exactly elusive. Just grab a cup and fill it with your choice of low-fat or no-sugar-added yogurt, be it sweet coconut, cheesecake, or cake batter. Then it's on to the toppings: fresh fruit, sprinkles, and other sweets. The shop uses only YoCream frozen yogurt, which has been certified with the National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures seal—an easy way to tell it isn't actually just lukewarm cappuccino. Customers enjoy their desserts seated at round wooden tables, sprawled out on a white couch, or huddled over a table-style arcade game.