From foodies to celebrities, to trendwatchers and Pinkberry's own fanbase of groupies, the buzz about Pinkberry has been sweeping the world. Excitement was high from the very beginning when in 2005 Pinkberry opened its first store in West Hollywood, CA. The demand for the swirls of yogurt was so high that Pinkberry was dubbed the "taste that launched 1,000 parking tickets" by the Los Angeles Times. Undeterred by parking regulations, people were drawn in by their cravings for the yogurt, the abundance of toppings, the bright and energetic modern store design, and the kind smiles of the staff. With over 220 locations in 18 countries, Pinkberry is now one of the most talked about premium frozen yogurts in the world.
Starting with a base of Canadian non-fat, hormone-free milk and non-fat yogurt, Pinkberry's artisans incorporate live and active cultures into the mixture to create a healthy, refreshing treat. The original yogurt is always available, but staffers also swirl new seasonal flavours throughout the year, such as chocolate hazelnut, pomegranate, and cherry. The selection of fresh fruit rotates with the seasons and is cut daily in each store. Other toppings, such as honey almond granola, dark chocolate crisps, swirl pearls, and Italian caramel, allow customers to create a new and inspired flavour combination every visit.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
Rich chocolate butter cream, Black Forest cherries, and just a dash of kirsch brandy. Separately, these ingredients might be nothing more than a gingerbread man's abandoned DIY project. But in the ovens of The Valley Bakery, they transform into a decedent sponge cake known as the Schwartzwalder Torte. Over more than half a century, the European-style bakery has fine-tuned recipes for dozens of cakes and desserts—from apple turnovers to more than 25 kinds of cookies. Birthdays and weddings give the bakers even more opportunities to exhibit their virtuosity. Atop multiple tiers of European butter cream cake, they use icing to paint murals of flowers, hearts, shamrocks, and other designs. The bakers also have a savory side, which they show off with multigrain breads and meat pies.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s and started spinning soft serve in Canada in 2010. A bevy of rotating flavours can include tastes such as just Belgian chocolate, vanilla malt, cappuccino, raspberry cheesecake, and butterscotch. Sample a small bit ($2.68 for 4 oz.), or take 32 ounces home to share in a quart ($10.04). Traditionally conical edible yogurt containers (small $4.24, waffle $4.02) make it possible for hands to hold the frozen delight. At as little as 25 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the quantity of jumping jacks or flying starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
Ice Cream 64 & Snacks not only cools down taste buds on a hot day, but it also spices them right back up again. That’s because the ice-cream shop doesn’t just scoop out its signature 64 flavours of ice cream—it also cooks up a select menu of spicy Indian favourites such as samosas, bhel puri, and butter chicken. Alongside these savoury options, they also prepare sweeter Eastern treats such as mango lassis, lychee smoothies, and 26 flavours of bubble tea. All of their treats can be combined into party packages that feature ice-cream cakes.