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.
At Soo Soo Tasty Sweet Boutique, cake balls, cupcakes, and full-size cakes attract customers day and night with their intoxicating flavors. You can tempt your taste buds with any of 25 flavors including Caribbean coconut, caramel mocha, and lemon pound cake. Seven different frostings?such as caramel, butter creme, and rolled fondant?infuse snacks with extra sweetness. For special events, the boutique can prepare elegant cake ball trees worthy of weddings or playful leopard-print cakes for your cat?s birthday party. Customers over age 21 can also pick up a platter of liquor-infused cake balls filled with Bacardi, McCormick, and Smirnoff flavors.
Give them two days, and the team at Jackie's Ice Cream will grant your wish?assuming that it can be made into an ice cream, of course. The shop's dessert specialists happily take requests, making custom batches of whatever ice cream flavor is required to satisfy their patrons' sweet teeth and even sweeter taste buds. But chances are a favorite variety is already on the menu, which includes creamsicle, toasted almond fudge, and coffee and glazed donuts among its dozens of homemade options. Beyond inventive scoops, Jackie's also crafts ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and cake in a jar, which is exactly what it sounds like.
• For $3, you get one pound of mix-and-match bulk candy (a $6.99 value). • For $3, you get two cups of single-scoop ice cream ($3.25 each; a $6.50 total value). • For $12, you get $25 to spend on anything in the store, including candy, drinks, and toys. The confection connoisseurs at Sweet Tooth Candy Company dole out sweet memories with retro candy and good old-fashioned treats. More than 50 varieties of bulk candy line the shelves, from bubble gum to caramel-filled Cow Tales to swirling rainbow lollipops. Beneath the lids of apothecary jars, timeless sweets such as Bit O' Honey, Sugar Daddy, and Licorice Laces fog up the glass and write backwards notes to passing jars of jellybeans, and caramel apples ($4.99) and more than 10 flavors of fudge ($6.99/half-pound) scowl through the rearview mirror. If nostalgic sweet teeth come up short in the search for hard-to-find brands, the boutique's candy curators will specially order the confection in question.
The Bagel Meister satisfies insistent stomachs by boasting fresh-baked bread, homemade cream cheeses, and filler-free meats throughout its modest menu. Exploring new avenues in bagel architecture, stacking buffs sling bagel breakfast sandwiches, including lox and egg with piquant trimmings ($4.09).
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $3.79 and $5.29, depending on size and location.