Coffee & Treats in Hamden

$3 for $5 Worth of Milk Shakes — Scoops Ice Cream

Scoops Ice Cream

Southington

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$5 $3

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ($24 Value)

Sweet Frog

Guilford

21 frozen-yogurt flavors including sweet coconut and georgia peach; available in gelato, low-fat, fat free, non-dairy & gluten-free options

$6 $3

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$15 for One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes ($30 Value)

Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

$30 $15

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One- or Three-Day Juice Cleanse at The Stand Juice Company (45% Off)

The Stand Juice Company

Multiple Locations

Vegan cleanses aim to boost vitality using fresh, made-daily juices from organic fruits and vegetables

$60 $33

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$15 for $30 Worth of Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, and Locally Made Ice Cream

Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

$30 $15

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$9 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats ($20 Value)

S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

$10 $4.50

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$17 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Sandwiches at Pickle Jar Deli ($32 Total Value)

Pickle Jar Deli

East Windsor

Freshly sliced meats top sandwiches while homemade chicken and egg salads complement daily specials

$8 $4.25

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Fare at 226 Jazz Art Java ($24 Value)

226 Jazz Art Java

Windsor

Cappuccinos, espressos, and other coffee drinks match with breakfast sandwiches and pastries in cafe that celebrates local art and music

$6 $3

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Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for One Medium-Size Smoothie at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

Whole Food Nutrition smoothies provide on-the-go meals with 10-14 grams of protein; nutrient-packed Fit 'n Fruitful manage weight-loss goals

$5.39 $3

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$4 for $8 Worth of Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt and Toppings at Yogurtini

Yogurtini

Smithtown

Self-serve frozen-yogurt bar offers a massive list of yogurt flavors, more than 78 toppings, and vegan and gluten-free options

$8 $4

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Frozen Yogurt, Gelato, or Italian Ice at Hometown Yogurt Cafe (45% Off)

Hometown Yogurt Cafe

Commack

Staff members serve up frozen yogurt brimming with probiotics, along with gelato and Italian ice, inside a full-service shop

$10 $5.50

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$4.50 for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Crazy

Yogurt Crazy

Commack

Patrons mix and match their own frozen-yogurt creations from 12 daily flavors and 36 fruit and candy toppings

$8 $4.50

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Fully staffed by passionate full-time volunteers, Food for Life Supreme partners with the University of Art and Logistics of Civilization (UALC) in an effort to reverse unhealthy eating by providing organic, healthy spins on comfort foods. The bakery menu offers sweet treats that include red velvet cupcakes ($2), strawberry cheesecake ($4/slice), and peanut-butter cookies ($3 for a three-pack). A variety of cakes, pies, and breads are also available.

1531 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden,
CT
US

Ever since Liberato and Guiseppina Dell’Amura opened their small Wooster Street bakery in New Haven’s Little Italy in 1922, the business has stayed in the family. Son and daughter Fortunato and Mae—followed by granddaughters Jo-Ann, Dolores, Marie, and Leona and great grandson Salvatore—have all taken on the family tradition of baking cookies, biscotti, and traditional Italian pastries daily.

In-store cases and trays are filled with traditional pastries such as cannoli, bigne donuts, and éclairs. The team can also wrap, box, and ship assortments of 24 types of Italian cookies and nine flavors of biscotti, as well as treats such as chocolate-dipped caramel apples, pretzels, and marshmallow pops. The team also hand-decorates sugar cookies in shapes such as shirts, shoes, and crowns in case an emperor is celebrating the first time he wore clothes.

310 Washington Ave
North Haven,
CT
US

DIY desserts are the main order of business at Planet Swirl, an intergalactic-themed fro-yo shop that features 21 different flavors each day and 80 types of toppings. The yogurts sate cravings with vibrant flavors, and the nondairy fruit sorbets contain no fat or bad vibes from bummed-out cows. Some are also sugar- and gluten-free. As part of its perennial dessert repertoire, Planet Swirl showcases signature flavors such as strawberry shortcake, caramel apple, piña colada, and peanut butter cup to sweet-seeking audiences.

1263 South Broad Street
Wallingford,
CT
US

Book Trader Café stacks more than 16,000 titles of gently used books on its shelves, combined with second-hand DVDs and CDs that transform the inventory into multimedia brain food. Literary works and academic books on art, architecture, and paper towels line the store, their spines inviting readers to sink into their vivid and educational worlds. A cult-fiction section assembles an apocrypha of fringe scribes, photography books tempt eyes with their luscious pages, and a children's-book section tempts kids to burrow into a fort of words. Most titles average $4.95, and staff carefully curates each one to ensure a quality recycled collection sans fraying bindings or torn pages. While Book Trader Café's inventory rotates frequently, the online store lists troves of its selections and lets bibliophiles reserve books by phone. With new old books in hand, patrons can stroll over to the café to enjoy them and further sate their appetites for letters by reading the menu.

1140 Chapel St
New Haven,
CT
US

It takes but fresh fruit and a bit of ice to make many of Rita?s of West Haven signature treats, whose ingredients are made daily. More than 50 rotating flavors?such as Swedish Fish and mango peach?come in standard and sugar-free varieties to cool down most any craving. Customers can order their ices straight up or blend or layer them with decadent frozen custard in seven flavors, such as strawberry, coffee, and light vanilla. The custards come Italian ice-free as well, spiraled into cones or cups with sprinkles and hot fudge or blended with candy mix-ins.

When not serving the masses, Rita?s tends to the needs of local groups and organizations with fundraising opportunities. Sports teams and schools can organize money-raising ?scoop nights,? sell quarts of custard around town, or purchase gift cards.

28 Ocean Ave
West Haven,
CT
US

Sunlight filters through white lace curtains into Tea with Tracy's tearoom, casting delicate shadows across wooden tables, straight-backed dining chairs, and three-tiered serving plates stocked with sandwiches and sweets. This Victorian elegance befits Tracy's location in the center of Seymour's historic antiques district, and a menu that steeps more than 100 different flavors of tea, including English breakfast, white peach, and hot cinnamon spice from Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

To accompany whistling kettles, cooks also bake sweets such as scones, banana bread, and Swedish brownies, or fill crust-less tea sandwiches with curried egg salad, English cucumbers, and mint-infused cream cheese. In addition to its refined finger foods, the shop also prepares visitors to host their own gatherings by selling elegant china alongside tins of aromatic tea.

16 Bank St
Seymour,
CT
US