The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavour selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mixins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavour masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft-serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Before Cupcake Co. opened its doors this February, its founder consulted with a focus group of brides-to-be to perfect celebratory sweets for any variety of special occasion. Now, customers can stop by the bakeshop’s King Street location, where fresh-baked cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops tease taste buds with mouthwatering flavors such as cinnamon pecan and macha green tea. The shop offers a relaxing café atmosphere, as it supplies free WiFi, hot café drinks, and seating arranged around a fireplace.
Cupcake Co. also caters events, creating dessert platters and custom cakes. The expert bakers also teach classes on cake and cookie decoration and fondant sculpting.
At Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, the aroma of simmering sugar and butter coils around tidy racks of housemade chocolate morsels. Guests get a behind-the-scenes look at the process, as the Factory’s sugar savants cobble the confections together on site, stirring bubbling caramel in copper pots, and rolling out fudge atop granite slabs.
Most of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s treats are cocoa-based—layers of creamy chocolate enfold fruits, peanuts, and marshmallows, but the gourmands also dunk juicy apples into vats of caramel, and sprinkle caramel-glazed popcorn with clusters of nuts, proving that corn is more than just a building material for mazes or houses of parliament.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.