From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast one-third fewer calories than regular smoothies.
While most people love cupcakes for their cute designs and portability, no one likes to be shortchanged when it comes to moist cake and frosting. That’s why at Sweet Daddy Cupcakes, their standard cupcake size is 5.5 ounces, nearly double the size of a typical store cupcake. To up the ante even more, they bake these formidable sweets in 32 signature flavors, including maple bacon, mint Oreo, caramel apple, and rainbow sprinkle-encrusted white buttercream. The only thing sweeter than the taste is knowing the bakers create them using pure butter, cream, real cocoa, and vanilla beans, before topping them with the their signature buttercream frosting or a workable sprinkler system filled with whipped cream. The hard work obviously paid off: Sweet Daddy's Cupcakes have not only gained a loyal following around Phoenix, they also earned a spotlight on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars._
Taiwan. Vietnam. Singapore. Indonesia. Japan. Hong Kong. Glendale. What do all of these locales have in common? They all have their own Loving Hut. This international vegan fast-food chain is quickly taking the world by storm, giving people from all cultures and walks of life the ability to enjoy quick, healthy, globally-conscious cuisine. Each Loving Hut has a different menu influenced by the culinary traditions of that region. At the Glendale location, chefs partner traditional Asian dishes?curry noodles, pho, wontons, spring rolls?with recipes that reflect the flavors of the southwest. They make burger patties from scratch, and then crown them with pineapples, homemade teriyaki sauces, and other toppings to complete the signature Hawaiian burger.
Eva Zasimovich and her team know how to sweeten any occasion. In her 30 years of cake-crafting experience, she's done everything from crafting cute and creepy Halloween cupcakes to piping elaborate, lace-like designs onto elegant four-tier wedding cakes. Her unique cake flavors give taste buds their own reason to celebrate with options including champagne raspberry, cherry cheesecake, and chocolate caramel toffee crunch, and an array of assorted miniature pastries including pecan bars and coconut tarts provide a challenging obstacle for dieting Lilliputians. Other specialties include housemade key-lime, blackberry, and apple-cheese-caramel pies, as well as Eva's famous mudslide cake⎯a mountain of mini éclairs featuring housemade chocolate fudge drizzling down every side. When she isn't busy dipping gourmet caramel apples or designing gift baskets for corporate events, Eva also hosts decorating classes and parties for patrons eager to design their own treats.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99). Grab a sweet-tasting cinnamon snack to cap off a day of shopping for luxury handbags or nuclear-powered Russian submarines with today’s Groupon to Cinnabon.