There's an artful touch in Jackie Green's baking hand. She's fond of the process, of finding the right ingredients and making cakes that crumble with Southern-style deliciousness. She's been baking since she was a young girl, and her family tradition taught her to eschew preservatives and hydrogenated oils to keep her recipes as flavorful as possible. Her specialty? Iced butter pound cake topped with pecans and a cream-cheese glaze. As the consummate small-business owner, Jackie blends managerial expertise with her baking talent; you might see her dispensing samples of her cupcakes, brownies, or cookies at local markets. This consistent professionalism helped Jackie earn the title of Best Bakery from the Holly Springs Sun in 2010.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt locations have a consistently upbeat ambience, from the bright colors that are the signature of their decor to the friendly staff that oversees dessert dispensing. But it?s the guests that take charge of their desserts and completely customize their frozen yogurt. They pick first from a rotation of made-daily 16 flavors, including gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free and no-sugar-added options, that range from decadent wedding cake and white-chocolate raspberry to tart pomegranate and mango. Once swirled into a cup, the yogurt acts as a canvas for the array of toppings that includes blackberries, fruity pebbles, Reese?s Cups, or kiwi.
Using ingredients grown and made in North Carolina, Stick Boy Bread Co. bakes a bevy of artisan breads, breakfast pastries, and desserts. Soft loaves of bread rise nightly in Stick Boy’s stone ovens, with more than 20 recipes to choose from. Sidle up to the counter and gobble up a sticky bun with walnuts and raisins ($2.40) or a handful of magic cookies, packed with chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, marshmallows, and swallowable keys ($1 each). Bathe overstimulated taste buds in a relaxing, richly brewed jacuzzi of mocha chai ($3.75 for 16 oz.). Stick Boy Bread Co. opens for business at 6 a.m. Monday–Friday and at 7 a.m. Saturday, making it an ideal stop for early risers and nocturnal crime fighters heading home for some shuteye.
At Sweet Creations Frozen Yogurt, customers twirl cups full of creamy frozen yogurt in flavors such as cr?me br?l?e, valencia-orange sorbet, and german chocolate cake. After spooning into any of the 10 regularly revolving frozen-yogurt flavors and picking from more than 50 toppings, they can surf the Internet via free WiFi as the little ones stretch their imaginations by creating their own sweet concoctions on frozen yogurt felt board. During clement weather, customers can also stretch out on the new outdoor patio overlooking downtown Fuquay-Varina.
At The Ice Cream Shop, more than 30 flavors of Hershey's ice cream take the form of cones, cups, floats, malted shakes, and sundaes, filling the shop's polka-dotted interior with frozen feasts. The menu's classic confections range from $1.89 to $6.99 in price, and fold in frozen flavors that range from nontraditional cotton candy and cappuccino crunch to old-fashioned scoopables, such as butter pecan, strawberry, and frozen daguerreotype. Tongues slip on the Muddy Sneakers flavor for a taste of white-chocolate ice cream racing against a ripple of caramel fudge, peanut candies, and nuggets of chocolate and caramel. Toppings, such as fruit, whipped cream, and malt bespeckle cold creations, and five cone varieties ensure that ice cream is never shoved into a purse or cargo pocket for storage.