Before teaming up in 1953, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins were seasoned business owners with their own ice-cream shops. The words “unusual varieties” shone high above each shop, signaling their respective owners’ passion for anything but an ordinary dessert experience. When the two got together, it was natural that they’d adopt the theme of “31 flavors,” one for each day of the month. Since then, Baskin-Robbins has introduced more than 1,000 flavors and opened shops with more than 5,800 franchise owners worldwide. Even their little pink tasting spoon has become a staple as a way to make flavor browsing an event by allowing guests to try specialties without paying cash or chicken-based trade for the privilege.
Thanks to The Ice Cream Social, dessert lovers no longer need to roll unsuspecting dairy cows down ski slopes to get their hands on frozen treats. Serving homemade treats from a mobile ice-cream parlor, the company enlivens events with hard-to-find flavors. Besides banana oreo and s'mores varieties, the scoopers serve uncommon varieties of shaved ice, such as cannoli, green apple, and Mountain Dew. Dessert lovers need not commission the cart for their backyard barbecue, though. The Ice Cream Social offers home delivery of one-of-a-kind treats.
At more than 2,600 stores in more than 30 countries, Dunkin' Donuts serves coffee and iced beverages, fresh-baked donuts and desserts, and savory breakfast sandwiches. Since Bill Rosenberg opened the first location in Quincy, MA, in 1950, the donut shop has blossomed into a one-stop coffee and breakfast restaurant familiar to millions of morning rushers and afternoon sippers.
Behind the counter of each location, glazed french crullers twist and curve like Parisian city streets, and Bavarian Kreme donuts are filled with a sweet, golden custard. A cavalcade of meats is available for piling onto breakfast sandwiches, such as sausage, cherrywood-smoked bacon, or ham enveloped with fluffy eggs and melty cheese between a choice of crisp crusts. Health-conscious risers can fuel strenuous bouts of lifting cars in the drive-thru line with a Wake-Up wrap, which offers options such as egg whites with turkey sausage or veggies that add up to as few as 150 calories. Both sweet and savory selections pair well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a creamy, frozen Coolatta drink.
Though commuters can snag a quick pick-me-up within minutes, the wafting aromas of baking confections invite patrons to sit inside and embark on nostalgic reminiscences of syrup-coated playground slides. Beyond the bakery walls, the company aims for social responsibility with its support of community volunteer efforts and use of 100% fair-trade-certified espresso beans.
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.
Coffee. Pomegranate raspberry. Sea-salt caramel pretzel. When customers pull one of the silver levers protruding from Yummy Yogurt’s citrus-hued walls, frozen yogurt in these and other flavors pours down, filling their cups. With a flavor for seemingly everyone, the self-serve frozen-yogurt shop carries a rotating array of 24 yogurts every week, including dairy-free, sugar-free, low-fat, and fat-free varieties. Visitors can crown their yogurt with their choice of 50 toppings, then eat their concoction in the eatery’s spherical, egg-like chairs.
Wide World of Bagels uses traditional bagel-making techniques that have been perfected and practiced by passionate owners Elliot and Scott since 1999. Choose from plain, sesame, poppy, onion, cinnamon raisin, pumpernickel, egg, rye, blueberry, garlic, whole wheat, eight-grain, and the everything bagel, which is a welcome alternative to other bagel shops' nothing bagels, created by kettle-boiling air and pipedreams. Hand-select a dozen stalwart bageley companions to compliment a tub of creamy store-made schmear and finally complete the circular union of flavor and nutriment. Stop by Wide World of Bagels and gaze through the cavernous aperture of a fresh-baked bagel to reveal the light at the end of the chewy tunnel.