Donna Infantolino has been baking since she was tall enough to reach the kitchen table, crafting recipes from scratch in her aunt and grandmother’s kitchens. At her combination café and bakery, she and business partner Beth Butler begin every recipe with organic, sustainable ingredients, such as Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla and Scharffen Berger chocolate, whenever possible. The dessert dream team crafts wedding cakes, traditional and filled cupcakes, and one-of-a-kind sculpted cakes in original shapes such as convincing guitars or sassy pumps. They also accommodate customers with dietary restrictions through vegan and gluten-free options.
All in the Icing's staffers expand recreational baking abilities during small-group BYOB classes, which include all of the high-quality ingredients and equipment necessary to create sweet or savory recipes. At the end of sessions, participants head home with their tasty works to share with family or break into tiny pieces to add to crumb collections.
Becker Bros' purple-clad clan of cafe wizards culls premium ingredients and locally roasted coffee to concoct a wide variety of homemade baked goods and gourmet espresso drinks. Sweet seekers can peruse the illuminated glass cases that brim with individualized tarts and pies ($3.50), cookies ($0.50+), and a rotating lineup of cupcakes ($2), or eagle-eye the bakers handcrafting desserts and pastries, including large cannoli ($2.50) and custom cakes ($42+), in the open-view kitchen. Prepare for a strenuous day of writing emails and moderating legislative hearings at the water cooler with a latte and biscotti ($1.75), or motivate yourself by hanging a brownie ($3.50) or slice of cake ($4.50) from a fishing pole tied to the end of your day. Becker Bros also offers myriad tailored dessert creations, including treats free of gluten and allergens.
Upon entering Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, one can immediately sense the aroma of fudge melting in a traditional copper kettle. At hundreds of locations throughout the United States, candysmiths concoct an array of treats from fresh ingredients within eyesight of perusing customers. In addition to dunking strawberries into chocolate or coating Granny Smith apples in fresh caramel, they carve out 1-pound bricks of made-from-scratch fudge for customers to take home and repair their gingerbread house’s half-eaten foundation.
Bagels are made through a complex process. They are left to rise before a quick boil that gives them their characteristic chewiness. Then, a trip into an oven bakes them the rest of the way through. Cooks at Bagels in the Boro go through this every day, pairing the bagels with flavored cream cheeses and deli meats and cheeses. Lox and whitefish stack on top of scallion or cucumber and dill cream cheese. The eatery also serves hot or cold lunch sandwiches with Boar's Head meats, which can be paired with a smoothie. Beneath a wide-screen TV, patrons use free WiFi to get work done or see if videos of their trampoline accidents are popular yet.
Within its dozens of locations across the country, YoFresh Yogurt Cafe offers all-natural frozen yogurt and a range of toppings including sprinkles, fruits, and other treats. Their health-friendly yogurt is packed with probiotics that promote digestive health, and is low in fat and free from cholesterol. Pretzel or cookie cones embrace yogurts in flavors such as carrot cake, peppermint, and peach, many of which are gluten-free, and all of which are made without artificial sweeteners. Scores of toppings crown each cone, including coconut, blackberries, peanut butter cups, and Cocoa Puffs.