At Cinnabon, the aromas of scrumptious baked goods waft through the air as chilled beverages help to sate the snack appetites of weary mall-walkers. Munch on a variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the classic Cinnabon, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous makara cinnamon ($2.99), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with an edible medley of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.49). An assortment of goodies can be toted home in one of the store’s CinnaPacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine Minibons ($9.99; combo packs add $1.50, Pecanbons add $2). Revitalize the taste buds with a frosty Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and tropical blast, each more refreshing than a game of patty-cake against a polar bear ($3.99–$4.79).
Cooking was always LaDonna Andeel's passion, but when she opened LD's Specialties & Gourmet Cafe in January 2009, it became her business as well. Now, she spends her days doing what she loves: baking fresh quiche, crafting gourmet sandwiches to pair with pots of fragrant tea, and getting to know the patrons who stop by. She also bakes specialty desserts for private events held in her café or at offsite locations. For children's parties, LaDonna brings out a castle backdrop, pintsize tables draped with shimmering pink or powder-blue tablecloths, and other whimsical decorations.
The founders of Orange Leaf started their business with the goal of finding a middle ground between rich scoops of ice cream and bland yogurt. Mission accomplished: they have created more than 65 tasty flavors, including pumpkin pie, gingerbread, blueberry banana, white chocolate, and Dole pineapple, that are both nutritious and tasty. After customers self-pump their selected flavors—which rotate regularly—they add toppings such as cereal, candy, nuts, and fruit. With finishing touches in place, a staff member weighs creations to price them or to determine their class in the shop’s underground yogurt-fighting ring.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats made fresh daily to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and mini marshmallows. Ice-cream cupcakes ($12.95/6-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Maggie's Mud and Chocolate Heaven, and are available in 6-inch, 8-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Ice-cream pizzas, made from Udderly Cream ice cream fashioned into 14-inch pies and topped with red frosting and white-chocolate curls (additional toppings are available), will perplex party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.