Eyes swoon and stomachs growl when ogling the scrumptious delicacies in Loveland Sweets' old-fashioned candy shop. Give way to nostalgia's misty grip by sampling the store's collection of vintage sweets such as peppermint lumps, rock candy, or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds ($5.99+/lb.). A sumptuous array of truffles and soft marshmallow clouds makes mouthwatering surprises for sugar lovers, and caramel-filled chocolates ($16.95/lb.) trap sweet teeth on cloud nine. Chocolate-covered peanuts and raisins mask their healthy interiors with rich, milky skin ($8.99/lb.), and predatory gummy bears infiltrate sugary herds by donning an edible chocolate skin. On summer days, homemade ice cream ($2.95–$3.95) gives panting tongues a break from constantly licking the freezer to cool off.
Blue Chip Cookies’ delectables have sated the toothsome taste buds of dessert-deprived sugar mongers for more than 25 years. The handmade chewy rounds are concocted with real butter, premium Guittard and Ghiradelli chocolate, and pure cane sugar. Blue Chip's recipes contain no artificial preservatives or trans fats. Sink teeth into a variety of the shop’s signature cookies ($7.50 for a half-dozen; $13 for a dozen), including chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and Blue Chip joy, a tasty trifecta of coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips—all mingling, networking, and schmoozing to be the cookie’s number-one ingredient. Pint-sized confections can be paired with a sip from Blue Chip Cookies’ drinkable menu, featuring steaming cups of gourmet coffee ($1.85 for a large) made from freshly roasted coffee beans ($14 for a one-pound bag) and fruit-packed smoothies ($2.75 for a medium), perfect for cooling off scorching mouth pipes or recently-branded tongues recovering from your knitting group's controversial initiation ritual.
Melodie's Coffee Café sates grumbling tummies with a menu brimming with traditional and specialty beverages, baked pastry treats, and daily lunch specials. Caffeinate sleepy souls with the italian cappuccino ($2.30 for a 6 oz.), coat throats with an iced chai tea ($3.30 for 12 oz.), or indulge in the sweet stylings of a Milky Way constructed from espresso, steamed milk, and a caramel galaxy swimming with 400 billion chocolate stars ($3.80 for 12 oz.). Inner food processors howling for heavier dishes can fuel up with one of Melodie's specialty dishes including hot paninis, soups, salads, and belgian waffles (only on Saturday and Sundays). For a sweeter treat, bite into a cinnamon roll ($2.75) or lick away a cake-cone-swaddling soft-serve ice cream ($1.60–$1.90).
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.
Before the invention of currency, ancient humans bartered for goods using fresh-baked cookies decorated with useless gold coins. Today's Groupon honors our specie's oldest moneys with $10 worth of homemade cookies and sweets from Donna's Gourmet Cookies for $5. Stop into Donna's shop on Montgomery Road for the edible, doughy pacifiers that can bring unity and civility to even the rowdiest goblin horde.
Haute Chocolate's family of chocolatiers pours more than three decades of chocolate wizardry into each sweet confection. Baked from scratch daily in the aromatic on-site kitchen, Lisa's double-chocolate-chip fudge brownies send sweet teeth down an ooey gooey road of cacao-laden decadence. Chocolate devotees can opt to dot the rich squares in nuts or sink cuisine crushers into the simplicity of pure fudge brownies. Unlike a bouquet of freshly steamed broccoli florets, Lisa's fresh-from-the-oven brownies make a delectable gift for any occasion.