With locations in six states, 16 Handles is carving out a delicious space for itself in the self-serve frozen-yogurt world. In addition to rewarding customers’ cravings with a rotating daily selection of 16 flavors—each packed with protein, probiotics, and calcium—the healthy-dessert emporium sets itself apart from its competitors through its eco-friendly practices. 16 Handles not only arms its patrons with biodegradable cups and spoons crafted from cornstarch, but it also works with Trees for the Future, an organization that assists global communities in growing trees for agriculture, food, and animal habitat. Through their partnership, 16 Handles has planted 91,284 trees so far, one-quarter of which grow frozen yogurt instead of leaves.
For more than a quarter-century, Interstate Caterers has made meals easier for administrators, party-planners, and anyone looking to feed people by the pack. Empanadas, tamales, and pupusas add a dollop of Latin American flavors to fetes, while pizza cones take cues from ice cream parlors by wrapping all the ingredients of a slice in a savory cylinder of flaky dough. Trays of italian sausage and barbecue rib tips pair nicely with salad or with a second tray of meat.
The bakers at CocoLuxe Fine Pastries may not use blocks of marble or chisels, but no one can deny that their culinary creations are works of art. Crafted from components ranging from classic chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream to orange poppy seed sponge cake, their custom cakes add the crowning touch to weddings, birthdays, or séances to contact Marie Antoinette. Inside the bakery, spacious glass cases brim with morning treats such as croissants and scones. Next to them perch cupcakes capped by Italian meringue and chocolate mice with sliced almond ears, which customers can take home to give lethargic housecats some exercise. At midday, CocoLuxe Fine Pastries switches from sweet to savory as it unveils an array of artisanal sandwiches. The bakery’s fresh baguettes and rosemary focaccia become vessels for smoked gouda and cranberry apple compotes, fortifying diners for afternoons filled feeding, watering, and walking their computers.
A flaky danish enfolds prunes and almond paste. A banana-cream pie sports tufts of fresh-whipped cream. There’s a certain nostalgic quality to the baked goods at La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppe, which is fitting for a place whose origins date back to 1952, the year nostalgia was discovered. Each morning, seasoned bakers whip up cupcakes, batches of real buttercream frosting, and sugar-laced pastries. They also knead dough for nearly a dozen varieties of bread including french, rye, and pumpernickel.
Though sweets are the shop’s focus, they have a full-catering menu with soups, sandwiches, and hot meals. In addition, they offer a wide variety of canned jams and salsa, plus organic dog treats.
In 1922, Ohio schoolteacher Frank Stewart had one goal in mind: to create the world’s creamiest root beer. After trial after trial—and a little help from a chemist friend—Stewart finally perfected his creation with a blend of root extracts, herbs, and berries. He soon decided to supplement his income by opening a drive-in shop where he also served juicy burgers and hot dogs. Today, that little shop has evolved into a franchise of sit-down restaurants, express kiosks, and mobile food trucks spread throughout the country's cloud kingdoms. Each eatery still serves the entrepreneur’s famous root beer, as well as burgers, franks, and deluxe platters of fried clams, butterfly shrimp, or wings.
The Super Mario Bros. and Skylanders characters find themselves out of the video games and atop cakes at Buki Bakes. The confectionary artists bake and decorate custom cakes, cupcakes, and cake pops for special occasions, including birthdays, graduations, and leap days. Cake batters and toppings can be made vegan and gluten-free for clients with dietary restrictions.