Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Painted berry pink, tangerine orange, and mint green, even the walls at Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt look good enough to eat. Along a glass-tiled wall, customers pull levers to fill their cups with their choice of sweet or tart yogurt flavors, inspired by fresh fruits or popular desserts. Next, they move to the gleaming-white toppings bar, where silver basins overflow with fruits, candies, and nuts waiting to be sprinkled atop peaks of yogurt so they can slide down them on tiny little skis. There are no rules here, so patrons can come up with their own combinations, whether they top cake-batter yogurt with peanut-butter cups and chocolate sauce or blueberry-açaí-banana yogurt with brownie bites and butterscotch.
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.