Coffee & Treats in Mauldin

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The friendly treatsmiths at blueberryfrog swirl and serve frozen creations made exclusively from organic ingredients free from artificial sweeteners. The small plain yogurt ($2.50) offers 106 calories of healthy sweet-seeking, but a luxuriously large flavored cup ($5.50) draws out desserts to decadent lengths. Patrons can add up to three toppings ($1.45), burying taste buds under an edible avalanche of fresh kiwi, blueberries, chocolate chips, granola, and other tasty accessories. Often locally grown, the fresh-fruit trimmings eschew flash-freezing and pasteurization processes to preserve their ability to dance the tarantella across tongues. In addition to being a rich and nutritious treat, the live probiotic cultures in yogurt can help aid digestion and simultaneously protect against lactose-intolerant-cephalopod bullying.

375 Harrison Bridge Road
Simpsonville,
SC
US

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 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and 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&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.

700 Haywood Rd.
Greenville,
SC
US

At Rita’s Ice, a variety of frozen treats refresh customers and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Their signature Italian ice blends ice and fresh fruit in flavors such as banana, cherry, piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Meanwhile, custard arrives in cups or cones, coated with hot fudge or caramel, as the mysterious gelati blends both Italian ice and custard into one delectable creation. Also available are milkshakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and Philadelphia-style hot pretzels.

2400 N Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville,
SC
US

The Greenville News named Coffee & Crema the Best Coffee Shop in 2010. While there aren't many reviews for the Haywood Mall location, eight Yelpers award the Forest Park Shopping Center location an average of 4.5-stars, and three Google Mappers give it a five-star average:

700 Haywood Rd
Greenville,
SC
US

TCBY serves 96–98% 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 ($1.40–$6.95), or sip on a succulent smoothie—a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit ($4.25–$4.75). Otherwise, invigorate a body still sluggish from too much somnambulant water polo with a brisk cup of Moxie Java’s artisanally roasted coffees. Sip on an Americano ($3.15 for 20 ounces) or try a Moxie Milkee Way, which includes espresso, steamed chocolate milk and caramel syrup ($4.80 for 20 ounces). Moxie Java also whips up blended drinks, refreshing Italian sodas, and richly scented teas.

7 Brendan Way
Greenville,
SC
US

Head chef Valerie Rebellato combines her Brazilian origins with her love for its food in Cafe Paulista Grille’s made-from-scratch menu and its amenable atmosphere. Several meaty entrees encourage sharing, with large portions and a surfeit of sides such as fried banana, feijoada, and rice. Mix up beef and poultry with the Espetinho Caipira for Two, a vision of skewered sirloin and chicken breast ($27.99), among other skewered entree delights. Indecisive or surprise-loving diners can take a gustatory leap and leave their fate in Val’s deft hands, which will cook up whatever’s on her mind (except anything personally allergenic) ($8.99). Wash a meal down with a surfeit of exotic juice combinations ($3.69) featuring aliments such as cashew fruit, acai, and mango, or sip the strong house coffee ($1.99) with a rich, caramel fried banana ($2.99) or brazilian tiramisu ($4.99).

2703 Wade Hampton Blvd
Greenville,
SC
US