The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Husk prefers its corn sweet and its farms close by. Grown just minutes from Husk HQ, the sweet ears hail from four sustainably-minded Indiana farms: Weaver's Produce, Stout's Melody Acres, Eli Creek Farms, and Wilson Farms. Each supplier has a story to tell?about their humble origins; about the generations of kin who operate them; about the values that make them tick; and about the tiny looms on which they weave their husks.
Though these stories might be different, these farms are all integral to Husk's overall mission of growing and selling corn locally.They represent a return to a community-oriented business style, much like the one that powered Indiana's food supply prior to 20th-century industry. A unique part of their business involves harvesting Indiana sweet corn while it's still in season, then preserving it through a labor-intensive process, so that it's summer flavor can be enjoyed year-round.
The bakers at Butternut Bakery craft darling cakes and cupcakes for celebrations, but the kitchen doesn't stop there. Patrons visit the homey eatery for breakfast, where they can order eggs any way they like them?except in a omelet with cotton candy. At lunchtime, sandwiches made with grilled chicken or bacon are whisked out to waiting customers, and housemade pastries round out meals with a sweet finish. On select Friday nights, prime-rib dinners bring the community together for a familial feast.
A Taste of Paradise scoops, slices, and specially designs a smorgasbord of ice cream, cakes, and cookies for palates of all ages and personalities. Glacé journeys begin daintily with a single dollop of ice cream ($1.89/scoop) or glacially with a heaping 12-scoop Luscious Luau, scientifically designed to support simultaneous spooning ($15). Brain-frozen jaws regain composure with tepid treats, including red velvet cupcakes topped with cream-cheese icing ($2) and house-made pies of the sugar cream, apple, or pecan varieties ($8+). Peanut-butter balls, sugar-free turtles, coconut mountains, and an eclectic cookie selection round out the menu, enabling folks of all ages to shake hands with the wee-treat that suits their mood, style, or allegiance to circle shapes ($0.39–$3.50).