It was blazing hot in Brooklyn during the summer of 1959. So when the spray of fire hydrants wasn't chilly enough to keep kids cool, Uncle Louie decided to whip up some Italian ices for the neighborhood. This became a tradition on the block, and then the neighborhood, and eventually, grew into a fully-fledged business: Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream. Though there are now outposts of this Brooklyn institution all across the U.S., staff still whip up Italian ices using Uncle Louie's old-fashioned recipes. Enjoy scoops full of Italian ice in a range of sweet flavors, from root beer to lemon to decadent peanut butter chocolate cup. They also use Uncle Louie's recipes to create ice cream flavors such as pistachio, butter pecan, and apple pie a la mode?the latter of which combines rich vanilla ice cream with actual chunks of the dessert to create a flavor as all-American as a photo of Henry Fonda wearing a hotdog costume.
Yogurtland is a colorful, dreamlike destination for frozen-treat fanatics, softly serving up a variety of fun flavors. In addition to offering an impressive mix of classic and creative yogurt flavors such as New York cheesecake, praline, blueberry tart, peanut-butter cup, vanilla wafer, dutch chocolate, and root-beer float, the store lets customers customize their portions of tasty goodness with a variety of toppings. Decorate your dairy delight with fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, peaches, or pomegranate arils, or prove at last that gummy bears, Fruity Pebbles, and frosted animal cookies can get along, provided they have a chill place to hang out together. Yogurtland also offers a variety of flavors with no sugar added, as well as many that are gluten-free.
At Rice Paradise, the gluten- and preservative-free signature rice cakes are culled from a European recipe and are all homemade. The culinary crew tops each batch with fresh fruit or nuts, and sticky-sweet sauce, such as chocolate or strawberry. They also craft rice pudding from scratch in flavors such as tiramisu and chocolate chip cookie dough. To give guests a true break from their daily grind, the eatery's walls are splashed with ocean blue and lined with seashells and starfish, and the countertops are fronted with bamboo and topped with tropical plants.
The SweetTooth Soiree spotlights the top bakeries, candy-makers, and dessert experts in South Florida. Vendors dish out samples of their signature sweets, including gooey brownies, artfully frosted cakes, and rainbow-colored candy. The entertainment ranges from DJ-spun tunes to dessert-making demos, which teach visitors to create confections more sophisticated than a mud pie covered in edible gold leaf.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
Cushy Cakes conjures up sweet sensations with the lighter-than-air lusciousness of the Andes' famed cotton-candy clouds. Using organic butter, milk, and eggs, Cushy Cakes commandant Melissa Jarquin will whip up a dozen cupcakes ($20) in flavors such as Bananarama, the key-lime-pie-tinged Southernmost Cupcake, and Betty's Carrot Cake, or in the customized flavor of your choosing. Sweet tooths seeking the cream of Cushy Cakes' crop should opt for the Cafe Con Leche, a flavor based on the beloved breakfast coffee, or the Stout Cupcake with Kahlua frosting, made with the beloved breakfast beer Guinness. Gluten-free and vegan cupcakes are also available.