It can be hard to find the right balance between healthy treats and tasty ones, but at CC’s Cupcake Cafe, desserts that toe that fine line can be delivered directly to your door. The bakers at the delivery-only shop hand pick the fruits and vegetables that go into their full menu of cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops, eschewing preservatives and low-quality ingredients to create chic gourmet confections. The shop’s cupcakes—which come in flavors such as mocha, spicy carrot, and toasted coconut—can be decorated with customizable fondant, and some flavors can accommodate clients on a gluten-free diet. Bakers also craft cake pops and cookies, which allow clients to start their morning with a burst of energy without having to remember to plug themselves in every night.
Lilly Jane's Cupcakes' founder Kerri Dunn took the name for her dessert shop from her two grandmothers, Lillie Russell and Phyllis Jayne LeValley. As a little girl, she spent countless hours learning how to bake within their kitchens where many of her original cupcake creations were born. Today, these creations bake to fruition within the pink walls of her own space. Staffers pile buttercream onto 9 to 12 rotating cupcake flavors such as Super Chocolate and Strawberry Fields–a white cake infused with strawberries and topped with strawberry icing. They also design custom sugar cookies to help make graduating, getting married, or being really, really hungry more special.
The frozen-treat machines that line the walls at U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt's three Idaho locations churn out up to 20 flavors ready to be buried under heaping scoops of self-serve toppings. Patrons can fill their cups to the brim with velvety swirls of strawberry, chocolate, or Irish mint before capping off each chilled peak with toppings that include fresh fruit, candy, kids' cereals, and chocolate sauce. The live cultures nestled within each ounce ($0.39) of frozen yogurt can bolster digestive function and immunity, and its calcium can fortify bones and keep snowmen’s innards chilled long into the spring.
At locations in more than a dozen states, U-Swirl delivers more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt packed with live and active cultures and designed in low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free varieties. Self-serve machines line the shop’s lime green walls, ready for customers to dispense heaping swirls of old favorites, such as cookie & cream and fruit sorbet, or seasonal innovations, including eggnog in the winter and fireworks in the summer. Next, patrons head to the toppings bar and crown their frozen treats with as much fresh fruit, cereal, and candy as they can handle before weighing cups and paying by the ounce.
Sno Biz chills taste buds with a staggering variety of shaved-ice snacks. After being sheared to a fine, flaky consistency, ice bathes in tasty flavors ranging from cherry and almond to pink bubblegum and cantaloupe (small, $2; large, $3). The shaved ice is fat-free, and sugar-free flavors are available.
Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a network of citizen chocolatiers who travel across the United States hosting decadent chocolate parties. (this Groupon is applicable in Ada, Gem, Canyon, and Elmore counties). Each guest has hands-on time learning to temper chocolate, use chocolate molds, apply colorful designs, and make chocolate truffles, officially considered a superpower by 38 states, and therefore subject to Tony Stark's eminently sensible Superhero Registration Act. By the end of the fun and flavorful festivities, each newly crowned chocolate chef will have created gourmet chocolate turkeys, polar bears, and penguins to take home and place at the bottom of the fish tank, or better yet, eat.