The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customers’ eyes with a rainbow of colours. Once clients have made a flavour selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavour masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring handheld treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed half-litres, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such as corporate get-togethers or school functions with portable marble slabs or sundae bars in tow.
Owner Kathy Gentry once relied on baking to console her during marathon studying sessions in college. Years later, Gentry has built a booming business devoted to celebrating cake’s charms. Staff guide budding and seasoned pastry chefs alike toward cake tools and instructors curate a packed schedule of courses that cover everything from finessing fondant to freeing trapped clowns from giant cakes. The chefs even film a hugely popular YouTube video series in which they meticulously guide bakers on sugar-laced odysseys.
According to an old Dutch proverb, "Coffee has two virtues: it is wet and warm. Stop giggling." For $8, today's Groupon lets you enjoy the dark elixir's many virtues with four coffee drinks at Dunn Bros Coffee (an up to $18 value). Bring your Groupon to either the Loring Park or Lyndale Avenue locations and you'll receive a four-beverage punch card that you can use to stay alert until baseball season.
Today's Groupon lets you eat cake, though the phrase is commonly and unfairly misattributed to Marie Antoinette (who actually said, "Feed those peasants to my carnivorous cake"). For $10, you get $20 worth of fresh-baked treats and sips at FiddleCakes in Woodland-in-Waverly. There is no limit on the number of Groupons you grab, but you may only use one per visit.
Lucy Yogurt treats do-it-yourself desserters to a build-your-own yogurt bar primed with an ever-spinning roulette of tastes and toppings. Tap one or more of the eight daily rotating flavors, such as pink lemonade, dark chocolate, peach, cake batter, or euro tart, capable of pleasing even the Michael Kors-iest of taste buds with their cultured swirls. Once cups swirleth over with frosty sufficiency, top each chosen chill with copious scoops from the topping buffet, which features everything from fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to more indulgent eats such as marshmallows, cookie dough, malt balls, and sprinkles. After each custom creation has been swirled and studded to suit your taste, pop bowls onto the shop's scale, which doles out prices and relationship advice according to the creation’s weight ($0.42 per ounce).
Every day, this chilly treatery impresses palates with more than 30 varieties of cholesterol-free and fresh-fruitified italian ice ($1.69–$2.95), with flavors including strawberry, root beer, swedish fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and green apple, as well as a smattering of sugar-free options. Spoons hankering for heartier scoops can try Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard ($2.35–$3.99), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg-yolk ratio, resulting in a creamy texture that makes regular ice-box treats feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds.