Baskin Robbins' worldwide expansion can be attributed to one thing: gourmet ice cream. More than 31 flavours fill its freezers, with classic flavours such as chocolate chip or butter pecan, and rotating seasonal flavours such as the cherry-filled black forest cake or green tea. Not content to just serve scoops, Baskin Robbins molds their ice cream into cakes, milk shakes, and sundaes made scrumptious by pieces of fresh fruit. Baskin's staff also swirls up soft serve cones, bowls, and parfaits filled with fruits and sweets. The ice creameries also indulge weight-conscious eaters with a menu of no-sugar-added sherbets, light yogurts, and sorbets.
At Britannia Italian Bakery, the kitchen staff rewards bellies with fresh meals from the hot bar, homemade confections, and imported Italian delicacies. Dinner and lunch combos ($7.99+) spotlight freshly cooked veal, pasta, and lasagna, which customers can devour at the deli or savour in the privacy of their own underground superhero lairs. Italian cookies, pies, and cakes ($1.50+) swan-dive into mugs of coffee and cappuccino ($1.50+), and imported deli meats and cheeses flank freshly baked breads.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
In the wee hours of the morning, before the sun peeks its head over the horizon, a light can be seen shining through BakersVille’s windows. That’s because the BakersVille family has already started brewing organic coffee, baking fresh pastries, and decorating their sought-after specialty: custom cakes. To earn a warm place in stomachs’ hearts, each cake reflects the personal taste and style of the customer, hitting the right notes with a wide array of flavours––including vanilla bean, spicy carrot, and chocolate truffle––as well as alluring toppings such as buttercream frosting and caramel mousse.
In addition to artfully assembled cakes, BakersVille’s muffins, brownies, turnovers, and cupcakes share the same rich, wholesome ingredients as their larger, shareable counterparts. The shop’s thoughtful bakers also accommodate special diets with vegan cupcakes, gluten-free breads, and banana-free muffins for those traumatized by the children’s show Bananas in Pyjamas.
Yogurty's, a proudly Canadian company, claims that at their stores, no two customers have ever made the same exact treat twice. It would be nearly impossible—low- or no-fat, probiotic-rich frozen yogurt comes in more than 85 flavours, ranging from carmel latte to banana split to red velvet, and 65 toppings allow patrons to swirl, drizzle, and sprinkle tasty treats until they resemble works of icy art. Their gluten-free yogurt, a natural source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, is made from fresh milk right off of Canadian farms and supports healthy digestive systems and immunity. The cheerful stores showcase bright colors—nearly as bright as bubblegum and orange cream, topped with sour gummi worms, and rainbow sprinkles.
Some first dates are so magical they?ll change your life, and this was the case for Danna and Adam Caldwell. The lovebirds had their first date at a frozen-yogourt shop where they discovered a mutual passion for frozen yogourt (and each other). In 2007, the now husband-and-wife duo created Menchie?s.
Today, the frozen-yogourt franchise has grown to more than 250 locations around the world, and was ranked the fastest-growing chain in 2010. Each one, adorned with pictures of celebrities enjoying Menchie's treats on their walls, offers an assortment of self-serve yogourt flavours and toppings, which customers can mix into a yogourt cup or waffle bowl. The yogourt is made with fresh milk from Canadian dairy cows; many flavours are nonfat, no sugar added, and even vegan.