Boasting more than 100 delectable flavors of frozen treats, convivial cone stackers at Naples Ice Cream Club offer sweet reprieve to customers. Before digging into dessert, dining tandems can kick off meals by scarfing down a pair of Famous Nathan's foot-long hotdogs, which arrive at tables accompanied by chips and sodas and provide a canvas for scrawling ketchup haikus. Dairy disciples can then enlist the services of a confectionary architect to load up delectable dollops of ice cream. Double scoop sundaes allow excavators to channel through fudgey drifts toward bowl cores, where displaced sprinkles await their rescue. Alternatively, milkshakes, malts, and ice cream sodas impart on-the-move refreshment and brandish upper lips with stylish foam mustaches. Amidst Naples Ice Cream Club's brightly lit blue walls, health-minded snackers can also opt to sink spoons into a variety of sorbets, yogurts, and low-fat ice cream choices.
Royal Palm proprietor Philip Fincher sidestepped a career in law to hop aboard his hovering dream-cloud of chocolate making. After graduating at the top of his class from the Notter School of Pastry Arts, Fincher honed his craft in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples. In 2009, he opened Royal Palm Chocolates, which lures locals with gourmet goodies crafted from semi-sweet Belgian chocolate. Molded and elegantly painted morsels flaunt 23 silky ganache infusions, including traditional flavors such as dark chocolate as well as tropical tastes such as key lime, mojito, Malibu rum, passion fruit, and secretly-passionate-about-Zac-Efron pomango. Pick up an eight-piece gift box ($19.02 including tax) as a sweet holiday gift for a devoted choir director, or test your teeth's tread by sending them on a hike through a package of dark-chocolate rocky-road bark ($12.71 including tax).
Carvel's ice cream is made fresh daily with flavorful, kosher ingredients that are combined into more than 90 flavors and tasty toppings. Exercise your licker with a small cup of soft-serve delight ($2.96) or opt for an ice cream cake ($10.99–$48.99), which can be enhanced with an edible image of your choice for an additional charge. Click here to read some common FAQs about Carvel's creations, nutritional information, and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream. In addition, today's Groupon can be paired with any of the Naples Carvel's daily specials including buy-one-get-one-free sundaes on Thursdays or $1 off any milkshake on Fridays. See store for details.
Planet Smoothie sends sippers on a healthy tongue-trip with a menu of customizable smoothies ($6.49 for large, $5.49 for medium, $4.49 for small), all made with Pro-Yo frozen yogurt, offering friendly probiotic cultures that can benefit the immune and digestive systems. Tackle typhus while punch-drunk on peaches and strawberries with the Yo’ Adriane, which comes with a clarifying fiber blast, or opt for the 2 Piece Bikini—with bananas, vanilla, and your choice of strawberries or cocoa and a fat burner blast—to help keep your legs shapely when you kick sand into the faces of the meek.
Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
At Orange Leaf, patrons create their own frozen treats at self-serve frozen-yogurt dispensers. A rotating selection of flavors—including green apple, snickerdoodle, peppermint, and peanut butter—pair with dozens of candy, cereal, and fruit toppings.
At YogurLicious, patrons mix up custom frozen-yogurt creations by walls painted minty green or white. A battalion of self-serve yogurt machines lines up along one wall, dispensing healthy flavors that include taro, cheesecake, green tea, and cappuccino. Some flavors— such as pumpkin or strawberry—are fat-free, and fruity sorbets avoid dairy altogether. Once they've assembled a custom cup, patrons can visit the toppings bar to splash it with caramel or decorate the creamy spires with Fruity Pebbles, peanut-butter cups, almonds, or tiny chunks of masonry.