The Cupcake Shoppe passes on cake mixes in favor of all-natural ingredients, making cupcakes from scratch daily and hand-decorating each so the presentation matches the taste. The shop doles out its creations individually, or by the half- or full-dozen, and offers to top off bites with different icings, such as cream cheese and caramel whip. For special occasions, customers can have the shop concoct personalized batches, complete with treat boxes and decorative wrappers.
Gigi and her team of expert bakers garner palate popularity with each customizable batch of scrumptious sugar cookies made for any special occasion. Gourmet cookie crafters hand-press dough before cutting it into a selection of more than 100 fetching shapes, such as hearts for celebrating Valentine's Day or laundry baskets for sending nonconfrontational requests to help around the house. The skilled confectioners then scrawl personalized messages in frosting over each sugary delight before individually wrapping cookies and stowing them away in a bag with a bow. Groupon customers will also receive 20% off any additional orders made at the time of redemption.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Each flavor contains seven different probiotics, has only 120 calories per four ounces, and contains vitamins A, D and calcium, along with three grams of fiber.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
A self-proclaimed sculpture-cake confectioner, Sweetest Desserts rolls out a menu filled with fresh batches of hand-decorated and artfully crafted cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. Using quality ingredients, the bakery creates a variety of custom cupcakes ($12.50/dozen), which are available in more than 25 base flavors, such as classic crisp vanilla, decadent mocha crunch, and moist southern red velvet. Optional fillings ($2.25/dozen) include chocolate ganache, lemon cream, and va va vanilla mousse. Fresh, succulent strawberries are drizzled and dressed in milk, dark, and white chocolate before being accessorized with nuts and coconut shavings ($19.95 for 18), and tasty tartlets ($13.95/dozen) are stuffed with apples, berries, and white chocolate mousse before they sashay across your mouth’s red carpet. Customers can either visit the bake shop in person or opt for delivery, which is available to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas within a 50-mile radius for an additional fee of $6 to $11.
Sister baking duo Kristin and Kadee grew up learning to bake their grandmother’s toothsome homemade cakes, cookies, and desserts, and they opened their own bakery to spread the sugar love. Their menu changes monthly, but customers always find treats made fresh daily such as almond torte, boston cream pie, and truly elaborate cupcakes. Coffee is also served in this quaint pink-and-brown painted bakery.