Arco Nut & Candy acquires its inventory of nuts and fruit from respected local growers known for harvesting plump cashews and savory California dates. Since the company began in 1933, it continues to form lasting alliances with some of the area's most respected farmers and suppliers, garnering it the fresh supply for which it's known. In-store shoppers espy the wall-to-wall nuts, dried and glazed fruits, and a kaleidoscopic selection of candies and confections that come in prepackaged containers or by-the-pound bulk sizes. Snackers who can't make it to Arco's retail location can log onto the shop's online store and customize a gift basket for a novel way of sending regards to a loved one or finally proving to friends that you can survive in the wild with just a knife and a bag of nuts.
Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights' freshly made delectable desserts have garnered this ice creamery several accolades: MyFOXla voted Frostbites the best ice-cream parlor, while The Tonight Show granted it a custom-made jingle. Loosen up with the 16 flavors of sorbet chill (starting at $2.59), made with authentic italian ice, or dive taste buds into creamy chocolate frozen custard (starting at $2.79), made from natural ingredients such as egg yolk. Commitment-phobic customers can combine the two with the sorbet cream (starting at $2.89), where fruity flavors such as watermelon, coconut, and orange merge with rich vanilla custard. Those in the mood for pancake-esque desserts can fill up with a sweet crêpe ($3.29) hot off the griddle and topped with a choice of sauces (each $.69) and accoutrements (each $.89). Buck traditional notions of French cuisine with a sandwich crêpe (starting at $3.99), stuffed with a choice of meat, cheese, condiments, and fresh vegetables.
Cobblestone Bakery & Deli serves up delicious pies and pastries to local lovers of baked goods and sweets. Their ovens churn out fresh trays of cinnamon rolls ($2), sheets of croissants ($1.50–$2.50), and pans of pies ($9.99–$14.99) daily. Pick from a variety of fruit-filled dough-disks, including traditional favorites such as apple, blueberry, pumpkin, and cherry, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and anti-matter cream. Cobblestone Bakery & Deli's expert culinary craftsmen also make a selection of cakes, including cheesecake, lemon cake, and custom creations (call ahead for cake and pie orders) ($12.99+).
A warm sense of community mingles with the aromas of fresh-brewed coffees and lattes at Daily Brew Coffee House, all percolated by an amenable crew of baristas who dole out fresh pastries, wholesome sandwiches, and hearty wraps. The café's grinders overflow with beans from Wild Goose Coffee Co., a local, small-batch roaster that supports direct-trade relationships with their farmers. Within the golden-hued walls, the air buzzes with free WiFi and local talent, showcased during Wednesday open-mic nights and other events as well as in a burgeoning gallery of local artists' works. A Brew it Forward program encourages patrons to send spontaneous bubbles of joy into the day of a stranger or friend by anonymously purchasing them a drink or building them a new car out of coffee stirrers.
There's almost no limit to what the candymakers at Temptations Chocolate Factory will dip in chocolate. Their cavalcade of candy features standards such as chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas, as well as more creative morsels, including chocolate-covered Twinkies and jalapenos dipped in chocolate. Cooler treats include smoothies, whipped cream-topped milkshakes, and banana splits. Diners can also sip coffee to warm up after indulging in a sundae or a slow dance with Mr. Freeze.
The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($3.75 for 16-oz., $4.25 for 24-oz., $5.25 for 32-oz.). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an ultimate açaí berry bowl, or Eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice or shot of wheatgrass.
The De"Bite"ful Cake Pop Shop's display cases glitter with stick-mounted confections and cupcakes that earned the bakery a spot on Things to Do Inland Empire's 2012 list of Best Cupcakes in the Inland Empire. To make their signature cake pops, the bakers hand-roll bits of cake—including banana, zesty lemon, and red velvet flavors—and dip them in melted chocolate. From there, they can decorate the pieces with freshly mixed icings and sprinkles or shape them into animals or custom designs for special occasions.
Hands-on classes meet in the bakery's kitchen on the weekend. Amateur confectioners learn how to design their own cake pops before taking home their sugary creations and enrolling them in preschool.