Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
After three generations of pastry-making, Joseph Caputo of Caputo's Pastry Shoppe leads his crew in crafting each paper-thin layer of the sfogliatelle by hand. Since 1923, the pastries emerging from the bakery's ovens have been made from scratch, including the cannolis, pasticottis, and rum cakes. This hand-crafting is what's referred to as Old World style, as opposed to the New World style of scanning and printing desserts.
Inventive cafe fare is Bon Appetit Cafe's calling card, and its menu draws from American, Italian, and Portuguese influences. Serving food from early morning until late afternoon, the caf? incorporates fresh seafood, pasta, paninis, and eggs into its dishes. Standard coffee and espresso drinks pair with fruit-covered waffles, cheeseburger club sandwiches, and shrimp salad.
Igloo Italian Ice and Ice Cream serves frozen yogurt, creamy ice cream, and homemade italian ice into delightfully chilly combinations. Traditional ice flavors such as cherry and lemon mingle with newfangled sour green apple, oreo, and peanut butter, all of which can be layered atop ice cream or frozen yogurt for an Igloo Ice Breaker ($3.50+). Creamy shakes ($4.50) and smoothies ($4.95) disappear up straws, and custom blends of soft serve or frozen yogurt ($3.95+) let freezer artisans mix their own palate of tastes such as orange creamsicle, mango, or forgiveness.
At Cinnabon, the aroma of scrumptious baked goods wafts through the air as chilled beverages help sate the snack appetites of weary mallwalkers. Munch on a variety of cinnamon-infused treats, such as the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous makara cinnamon ($3.49), or the caramel Pecanbon, topped with an edible medley of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.79). An assortment of goodies can be toted home for hungry broods in one of the stores’ regular Cinnapacks ($11.99 for four, $16.99 for six), and a 15-pack Minibon box ($18.99) is perfect for a sparsely attended reunion of former Power Rangers. After snacking, revitalize taste buds with a cup of iced coffee ($2.49–$3.49) or the chocolate-augmented, frosty Mochalatta Chill ($3.49–$4.19), a more refreshing way to cool down than a game of patty-cake against a polar bear.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staff toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite, and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customer’s can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, the staff also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.