Warm sugar fills the air at Derby Donut, where freshly baked donuts, iced sugar, cookies, and decorated cupcakes draw in customers from miles around. Pair a melty, sweet cinnamon roll with one of 100 varieties of cane-sugar soda in glass bottles, or engage a frosted snowman cookie in a conversation about the dreadful weather.
Dairy Queen's iconic Blizzard treat—a concoction of soft-serve ice cream blended with special ingredients such as candy, fruit or cookies—turns 25 years old this year. In honor of the creamy delight's silver anniversary, Dairy Queen is highlighting 25 fetching flavors for Blizzard lovers. Unleash Maui in your mouth with the pineapple and banana slices of the Hawaiian Blizzard, or satisfy a thirst for theobromine with the Chocolate Xtreme Blizzard. Other flavors in the spotlight include Oreo, Raspberry Truffle, Cappuccino Heath, and French Silk Pie.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the frozen granite stone into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Orange Leaf's frozen-yogurt bar dispenses a subset of 70 flavors and more than 30 toppings. It gives health-conscious guests an ample selection of fruit to pick from while also presenting Reese's Peanut Butter Cup–conscious patrons an opportunity to indulge in their passion. Orange Leaf welcomes guests to try flavors such as cotton candy, chocolate mint, oatmeal cookie, and red velvet. The fro-yo shop has almost as much color as it does desserty goodness—the interior dazzles with hues as bright and orange as a spray-tanned Einstein.
Selecting a dozen doughy delights from LaMar's menu of more than 75 varieties requires careful consideration and intense soul-searching. Ray's Original Glazed, by tradition, should be included among cake donuts such as pumpkin, devil's food glazed, maple iced with sprinkles, and banana. Otherwise, pit a raised cinnamon-sugar donut's airy sweetness against the density of a chocolate-iced cake donut with M&M's. Whichever flavors you favor, they'll arrive warm, golden, and slightly crisp on the outside with an artful glaze that leaves fingertips sticky enough to do a decent Spider-Man impression on the nearest wall.
Although Monica’s Bundt Cake Company specializes in crafting tasty bundt cakes, its bakeable skills extend to the decadent world of cupcakery. Monica's delicious glitter cupcakes tickle tongues with flavors such as crazy carrot, lots-o-vanilla, chocolate sour cream, and seasonal varietals such as August's key lime, September's apple-a-day, and October's pumpkin sour cream, garnished with real poltergeists. Made from scratch with fine ingredients such as Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla and a generous smear of signature cream-cheese frosting, glitter cupcakes get their name from the pink and green glitter that infuses each mini-cake with maddening mouth magic.