Ever since Baskin Robbins first began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor single scoop ($2.39) of rocky road or a seasonal double scoop ($3.69) of Love Potion #31 (white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts) and America's birthday cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month.
Billed as "America's ice cream co-op," KaleidoScoops began doling out its signature hand-dipped ice cream at the turn of the millennium. The co-op, formed by a group of independent-minded former franchisees, now boasts several locations, reflecting the co-op's diversity with dozens of varied ice-cream flavors that include such sugarless selections as amaretto almond, chocolate mint, and coffee fudge. Customers can combine flavors in specialty sundaes and banana splits or shakes, malts, and KaleidoChill drinks. The shop's staff also creates supreme ice-cream cakes, and members of the KaleidoScoops' birthday club receive discounted cake rates and space-age party hats certified by NASA to prevent brain freeze.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Savor an assortment of silky soft serve flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$4.19), or sip on a succulent smoothie—a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Chip away at cookie cravings without resorting to dressing as a fuzzy blue monster with Mrs. Fields' chocolate-studded favorites (nuts optional), such as milk chocolate chip and chewy fudge, or try butter toffee, cinnamon sugar, and peanut butter ($1.79). Brownies come in similarly spectacular specialty flavors, with classic fudginess at the dark, chewy heart of each treat ($2.69).
Cupcake Gallery’s pastry chefs whip up more than 30 varieties of cupcakes in flavors such as salted caramel, raspberry, and mocha. A german chocolate cake recipe—passed down through the founders’ family for more than a century—fills both cupcakes and traditional cakes, which the bakers elaborately frost to resemble cartoon characters, musical instruments, and favorite Whig Party leaders. In addition to serving smoothies and house-roasted coffee, the kitchen crew also assembles take-and-bake casseroles such as the cheesy chicken potato and Seafood Spectacular. Behind the counter, they concoct house smoothies in flavors such as banana split and piña colada and mix whole cupcakes into their signature cupcake milk shakes to create tempting combinations such as peanut butter and chocolate.
The flavorful flurry of homemade baked goods at Sweet Tooth Delivery imparts mouths with 30 years of perfected recipes. Bakers concoct an assortment of cookies ($0.59) including mainstay chocolate-chip and white-chocolate macadamia-nut varieties. Mini bundt-cakes ($1.49) can sate smaller appetites or supply pocket-sized nourishment for mid-wedding vow snacking. Almond constellations swirl through a fudgy interstellar nebula with each bite of a sweet praline ($1.69). Sugar-free cookies and candies pepper the store’s confection-filled shelves, along with Mylar ($2.99) and latex ($1) balloons and an assortment of gifts. Sweet Tooth Delivery is open Tuesday through Friday, leaving weekends free for eating broccoli.