Since its inception in 1999, Adagio Teas has filled the cups of its ever-growing customer base with farm-fresh gourmet teas harvested from across the globe. Seasoned sippers and new tea drinkers alike gather around the fragrant vapors of Adagio's expansive selection, which includes thousands of unique green, chai, and herbal teas. In addition to its stockpile of potables, Adagio Teas puts an innovative spin on tea ware with a varied collection of ceramic sets, Asian-inspired pots, and electric kettles that purr when plugged in or tickled gently with unused leaves. Adagio Teas' products fill the virtual shelves of its online store, and can also be found in many gourmet and health-food shops.
From Häagen-Dazs' Belgian dark chocolate and Madagascan vanilla beans to Popcorn Palace's U.S.-grade-AA butter and whole macadamia nuts, both companies use top-quality ingredients to craft their signature goodies. Popcorn Palace's 27 popcorn varieties fall into four flavor categories—Supreme, Sweet, Savory, and Simple—and are cooked in small batches to ensure that each kernel has a sense of its own self-worth. Supreme flavors, such as white-chocolate peanut butter, treat palates to a salty symphony of flavors, and Simple kernels take taste buds back to childhood cinema outings. Häagen-Dazs's numerous, diverse flavors of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet fill cups, cones, and milk shakes with the sweet, frosty essence of coffee or mint chip.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as vanilla wafers and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and sugar cone pieces. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey.
The staff at Gelati serves frosty scoops of more than 70 flavors of creamy house-made gelato, each containing less fat than ice cream. The flavors rotate more frequently than a rotisserie chicken with a time-share vacation home, with 20 saccharine varieties available at a time, including lemon, pistachio, and chocolate. Warm cups of coffee and espresso complement cold treats and cakes amid salmon-colored walls adorned with framed scenic paintings.
For the past three decades, Naper Nuts & Sweets has been satisfying cravings with its old-fashioned candy shop charm. Known for both its bulk treats and caramel corn, this shop also hawks fudge, gourmet truffles, and salted nuts. Each winter through early spring they tempt customers with Cock Robin English toffee, which is made right in Naperville by the Fredenhagen family. And in 2003, current owner Dominique Martucci started Operation Caramel Corn, a program supporting overseas troops by sending them care packages stuffed with goodies and, of course, caramel corn.
At B Happy Cafe, the process is simple: Customers pick a cup or a cone, and then fill it with their preferred frozen-yogurt flavor—or a customized blend of flavors. Next, they load it with toppings—and there are more than 40 to choose from, including gummy bears, Oreos, fresh fruit, and seasonal options. And in keeping with its simple approach to treats, B Happy Cafe doesn't mess with weighing the creations; instead, treats are priced by Spoonfull (small), Cup Full (medium), and Wonderful (large). Along with the dozens of frozen-yogurt flavors and limitless self-serve creations, guests can also order gourmet cupcakes, smoothies, and espresso drinks.