Though all the kernels at Ms. Bee's Gourmet Popcorn & Candy Shoppe are indistinguishable in the morning, by the evening staff have popped them into 70 different flavors of popcorn. But these aren't your movie-theater variety kernels. The staff uses real cheese, housemade caramel, and flavorful spices to create their flavors, which range from the popular loaded potato to the decadent peanut butter chocolate drizzle. Alongside the inventive flavors, they do still offer popcorn classics, such as their slightly sweet kettle corn and the Chicago-style blend of cheese and caramel. However, popcorn isn't the staff's only treat. They also create artfully designed displays of vintage and gourmet candy alongside Ms. Bee's housemade fudge, which, like the licorice braces offered by the world's youngest orthodontist, satisfy sweet teeth effectively.
Andrea discovered her talent for baking when she was still a young child. While she was serving up cakes for family gatherings, she dreamed of one day owning her own bakery. Andrea’s father had the idea to start a cheesecake business, and seeing her natural talent, encouraged her to join him. After experimenting with more than 40 mixtures, she found just the right combination and founded Andrea Quality Cheesecake.
For nearly 30 years since then, chef Andrea has enticed sweet-toothed citizens into her pink-trimmed bakery with more than 20 varieties of freshly baked cheesecake. The confectionary savant selects all-natural, preservative-free fillings for residency in graham-cracker crusts, and blends in sugary morsels such as Oreos, fresh fruit and splashes of Kahlua. In addition to classic cakes, Andrea showcases the versatility of cheese beyond its use in luring astronauts to the moon with cheesecake milk shakes, fried cheesecake à la mode, and multitiered wedding cheesecakes.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
The quaint bakery serves up all-natural treats and café fare for breakfast and lunch daily. Everything at the eatery is made from scratch in small batches with meticulous attention to detail, to ensure each grain of sugar is properly positioned for maximum eating enjoyment. Breakfasty bagels ($.93), day-starting sandwiches ($3.59+) and miniature morning meals, such as the individually portioned homemade quiches ($4.99), offer sustenance for a long day of pole vaulting, while the lunch menu serves up a fresh selection of savory stacked sandwiches ($4.99+) and sides. A rotating daily cast of cupcakes, plate cakes, and pies are sure to delight wayward miners. A luxurious slice of tart lime pie ($2.49) is made from fresh-squeezed citrus juice, and the nine flavors of brownies and bars ($1.89), like the peanut butter “bliss” bar or raspberry nut treat, happify daily diners.
Delish New York Bakery, deemed the wellspring of Orlando’s best cupcakes by City’s Best, infuses desserts with East Coast flair and bakes them in-house daily. Touch tongues to familiar vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, fill a picnic basket with the buttermilk spice rendition, or put a red-velvet cupcake in a terra cotta pot and water it twice a week. The remaining flavors in the sampler include marble, lemon, cappuccino, New Yorker in paradise, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate coconut, raspberry-filled, and cookies and cream.