At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.
Named for the favorite opera of master confectioner and professional musician Anthony Basques Sr., Aida Opera Candies has conducted glorious confectionary cadenzas that crescendo in mouths since 1947. Using hand-crafted family recipes to compose their edible symphonies, Aida sets the stage for romance with an assortment of dreamy, decadent Valentine treats. A half-pound of Dutch Valentine’s thin mints ($7), decked out in pink, white, and red wrapping, sends a sweet, breath-freshening message to a sweetie, and half-pound portions of conversation hearts ($4) prevent stammering tongues from having to recite clumsy pig Latin poetry. The palatable pleasures of adorably wrapped milk-chocolate presents ($7) and Grande Marnier truffles ($15.50) help loved ones forget about missed anniversaries, missed birthdays, and misfired arrows that puncture family portraits.
The Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia celebrates iconic candy packaging with its exhibit of PEZ dispensers, featuring the plastic disembodied heads of animals, cartoon characters, comic-book heroes, and more. With two tickets ($3 each), you and a friend can peruse recent additions to the exhibit, including wistfully philosophical Peanuts PEZ dispensers from 2000 and a Mary Poppins dispenser from the 1960s that has been appraised as practically perfect in every way. Other confection-spouting dispensers feature likenesses of Mickey Mouse, Batman, Santa Claus, and beloved comic-book super-heroine Betsy Ross. In addition to pint-sized PEZ packaging, the museum also houses the world’s largest PEZ-dispensing machine, standing nearly eight feet tall, weighing 85 pounds, and capable of storing numerous PEZ candies or UFO-related secrets.
Delicate rose floral arrangements and lemon hues surround the country tearoom at SweeTea's, which pairs guests with elegant midday tea breaks replete with fresh homemade treats. Julita, the creator of SweeTea's, adorns the dining area with pieces gathered during her 10 years of collecting teacups, exploring English tearooms, and growing teacup bushes in her backyard. Cream teas, dessert teas, and full afternoon teas sit before sippers in gold-rimmed teacups and saucers, and fresh meals can accompany piping cups. In order to arrange sweet and savory items such as lavender-white-chocolate scones and artichoke Parmesan sandwiches, the chefs at SweeTea's use fresh, in-season ingredients and ancient scone-hunting techniques. Julita can reserve her tearoom for private parties of 16–24 and breakfast meetings, and takes her tea, sandwiches, and desserts on the road to cater gatherings of up to 12.