Sanders was established in 1875 when Fred Sanders opened his first store in Downtown Detroit. The premium ingredients used to make Sanders famous cakes, ice cream, toppings, chocolates, and caramel continues today. Sanders products can be found in multiple retailers across Michigan and the United States, online, or in any
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out ready-made treats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Before they scoop ice cream into a waffle cone, whip it into a smooth chocolate shake, or pack it in pints, quarts, or half-gallons to carry home, the dessert masters at Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream Parlor have to craft the ice cream from a 14% butter fat ice cream mix. This mix is what gives the old-fashioned ice cream its smooth and creamy texture—an ideal canvas to cover with whole nuts, real fruit chunks, and fudge caramel, much like any canvas hanging in a museum. The scoop-wielders dole out 44 flavors in all, including exotic recipes such as Majestic Milky Way and maple-walnut alongside the old standbys of chocolate, vanilla, and butter pecan.
The Leason family, which first opened the doors to its vintage diner four decades ago, serves up a menu of made-to-order frozen and grilled classics marinated in friendly service. Live life on the edge of an arctic avalanche and start meals with a frosty dessert churned from real dairy products, such as a frozen yogurt sundae ($2.19–$3.85), or a glacier blended with soft-serve ice cream and customized with a bevy of toppings that range from Oreos to apple crisps ($3.36–$5.46). The large soft-serve banana split ($5.39) encourages couples to share their goods and face their fear of random monkey attacks head on.
Keeping the culture of independent coffee shops alive, the friendly baristas at the Italian-style Ani’s Caffe brew up energizing lattes, mochas, and coffee amid deep crimson walls and cozy leather sofas. As steaming mugs of hot tea steep at the old-fashioned counter, staff scoop out cones and cups of dozens of decadent, local Ray’s Ice Cream flavors to complement freshly made espresso drinks. Additionally, every Friday and Saturday evening, the café invites local musicians to serenade its guests, who can always catch up with imaginary friends online using the shop’s free WiFi.
For more than 35 years, Mastro's Ice Cream has brought smiles to the faces of customers of all ages with hand-dipped cones towering with ice cream in flavors such as black cherry, maple walnut, and Mackinaw Island fudge. Less than a nautical mile from the shores of Lake St. Clair, the air-conditioned ice cream shop houses more than 40 flavors of creamy goodness from Stroh's, as well as frozen custard, flurries, drumsticks, and waffle cones. Hand-spun malts made with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry offer ice-cold sips of old-fashioned flavor, while fresh fruit smoothies deliver doses of Vitamin C. And to ensure eat treat is perfectly tasty and not mashed potatoes in disguise, the staff taste and test all their treats and flavors.