It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers??homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry?s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry?s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Cupcake'm Cafe invites customers to customize their cupcakes by picking a flavor, a filling, and a type of icing. Visitors can create a variety of gourmet flavors including key-lime pie, S'mores Galore, Triple Berry Blast with real berry chunks in the icing, and black forest with shaved chocolate slices and a cherry on top. They can then munch on their massive cupcakes and relax in the cafe or surf the Internet on free WiFi. In addition to its namesake treat, Cupcake'm Cafe also serves sandwiches, bagels, and muffins.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers? exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location?s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Owner Kim Brittenburg custom-designs her cupcakes and cakes based on each client’s individual preferences, and is capable of bringing even wild Walter Cronkite–themed dessert dreams to life. Choose from cake flavors including carrot cake, red velvet, oreo cookie, cranberry, lemon poppy, german chocolate, and pistachio, or request an option you don’t see listed. Kim's delectable cupcakes are usually accompanied with themed wrappers. All desserts are baked the night before pickup and are never frozen, unlike cakes ordered from bakeries located inside of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. If you’re trying to reduce your fat intake, Kim's cakes use apple sauce instead of oil, making them more moist and healthy, though equally full of love. Click here for menu items and pricing.
After his successful revival of ice-cream parlor and philly-cheesesteak hub Countryside Restaurant, owner Bill Kao decided to expand to a second location where he could pair his popular hard and soft-serve treats with fair-trade coffees and baked goods made fresh each morning. His decision came at just the right time. A sudden fire and burglary forced the Countryside to close, leaving locals to wonder where they'd go to get their fill of banana splits, root-beer floats, and sundaes topped with marshmallow sauce. The answer was Creamery on Main. Now, between chilly spoonfuls of one of the shop's 18-plus ice-cream flavors, mouths can warm up with the coffees and pastries Kao envisioned for his second spot, or take a delicious detour toward savory sandwiches and daily soups. A list of more than 25 8-ounce burgers offers unique topping choices with names such as the Teriyaki Joe, topped with teriyaki sauce, pineapple, and cheese, or the I Hate Cowboys, topped with onion rings, barbecue sauce, and a shredded photo of Troy Aikman. The main draw continues to be the sweet scoops, however, which pile their way onto cones two, three, or four at a time, and synthesize with Oreos and candy-bar pieces in custom-blended flurries.