Ken and Judy Zinszer began their days as restaurateurs at New Castle’s Zinszer’s Deli in the early '80s. A baking mishap wound up producing a batch of irresistible cookies, and Ken and Judy sensed an opportunity. Shifting their focus to baking full-time, they opened Zinszer Bakery & Cookies in Anderson in 1987. Their signature item remains the Zinszer cookie, an all-natural treat made in styles including white-chocolate-chip nut, double chocolate chip, and lemon cooler. Every month the bakers change out one flavor for a new one, so customers will always have new options to eat or use as roofs on damaged gingerbread houses. They also bake items for gifts and events such as baklava, cookie and brownie boxes, and decorated cookie cakes and cheesecakes.
The staff at Orange Leaf rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don’t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don’t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy—and equally delicious—alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop’s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Founded in 1958 as a single pancake house in the Midwestern United States, Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery has since expanded into more than 440 locations across North America. Under each iconic green roof and striped awnings, friendly servers dish out freshly made comfort foods, including breakfast items?served all day?such as three-egg omelets and pancakes covered in Perkins' house syrup. More than 90 items fill out the lunch and dinner menus, from ground-chuck burgers cooked medium-well to triple-decker club sandwiches loaded with slices of Butterball turkey.
The ovens at Bowman Bakery, Inc., work almost as hard as the skilled bakers and pastry chef who churn out a full spread of from-scratch sweets. Their headlining dessert, the cheesecake, comes in close to 65 varieties, such as pumpkin pecan crunch, cherry jubilee, chocolate chip cookie dough, and marshmallow. The menu also includes fudge-filled cupcakes, cookies, turnovers, muffins, and 85 different donut flavors, which rotate regularly. Even the bread at Bowman—banana nut, blueberry, apple streusel—comes in sweet flavors.
The rotating flavors of yogurt dispensed from the taps at Yogoland aren’t your typical dessert. Sure, they feature sweet flavors blended with real fruit and chocolate, but they also contain little to no fat, feature four types of active cultures that promote a healthy digestive system, and are OU kosher certified. This range of healthy attributes lets clients decide how healthy or decadent they want their treat to be, customizing their treat from 50 flavors and 50 toppings. For a healthier cup, clients can choose the nonfat, no-sugar-added wild strawberry frozen yogurt topped with slices of mango and kiwi, or after a hard day, treat themselves to cookies and cream frozen yogurt topped with gummy bears, sprinkles, and Oreos. The shop’s staff also blend up smoothies for a healthy fruity beverage.
Urban Pastries serves and savory pastries, rolls, and turnovers. Customers can meet up with friends and enjoy coffee inside a cozy international environment with WiFi. For an interactive treat, the bakery hosts events where customers can learn to make crepes and enjoy their creations. Private parties are also available.