Now an international brand of premium ice cream, Häagen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded Häagen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors—vanilla, chocolate, and coffee—made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Though Häagen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.
Sufficient Grounds Cafe’s crew of baristas fills a.m. energy tanks with a menu bursting with delicious morning brews, breakfast and lunch fare, and tasty sweets. Staffers begin each morning by brewing up delicious coffee blends from around the world, as the espresso machine whirs into caffeinated action. Brew-thusiasts start with a base of espresso, mix in milk or soy, and stamp the potation with the dulcet taste of Torani syrups for decadent mochas or the signature Milky Way infused with chocolate and caramel. During the summer, when the days get longer and the southern hemisphere gets a bikini wax, patrons can sit on the open-air patio, surfing the year-round free WiFi while noshing on freshly made breakfast sandwiches, wraps, or pastries. The café boasts two convenient Little Rock locations, but if schedules are tight or legs have low battery power, free delivery is available within downtown.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
The idea of Aladdin Kabab was hatched when, according to a Sync Weekly profile, two friends—one a Central American native and the other hailing from Iran—decided to bring both of their cultures' distinct cuisines together beneath one restaurant roof. They composed a unique menu where Persian kebabs, falafel, and hummus join Mexican burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas. The duo even included a few American favorites, such as philly cheesesteaks and burgers shaped into action stars' faces. In the dining room, the aroma of sizzling halal meats mingling with simmering Mexican spices envelops cushy booths.
Helix Drinks, LLC brings together the On the Go Single Serve packets and the Energy Drink market with Helix Energy + Ginseng and the soon to follow Helix Energy + Vitamins. Each packet contains 170 MG of Caffeine and is loaded with daily doses of Vitamins. No Sugar, No Carbonation, 10 Calories per Pack.
Blue Cake Company makes custom cakes from scratch using intensely fresh ingredients and time-tested techniques. Each artful cake is crafted with character and packed with delicious homemade fillings such as mousse, ganache, fruit, and fantasy football points. Blue Cake Company’s cake menu—the affable brainchild of pastry chefs Steve and Jan Lewandowski—is a culinary cornucopia riddled with cakes that range from 6” ($28) and feed 6-10 people to the half sheet cake ($57) that feeds 40-48 people or large swans. Begin building your cake by choosing a cake flavor (such as chocolate fudge, red velvet, or Italian cream with coconut and pecan). Then choose from more than 13 fillings and finish your sugary masterpiece with a signature frosting and any additional custom decorations.