Tropical Skoops' ice creams bring Caribbean flavors to Florida by the cup and conefull. The shop itself, though, is as much as a portal to the islands as it is a local hangout, especially on weekends. Every Friday night, the venue hosts an ice cream social with free samples and dancing. Then on Saturdays, the focus turns to romance with shareable sundaes that couples can assemble for themselves. But kids aren't left out of the action, either: Sundays welcome them to Kids' Day, where they can make their own desserts and enjoy face painting, musical chairs, and learning what napkins are for.
On a trip to Georgia after giving birth to her third child, Desiree Polazzo had her first taste of a bite-sized orb of cake that—despite her strict dieting to get back into pre-baby shape—had her hooked. Awed by the decadent treat, Desiree returned home to Florida and headed straight for her kitchen to experiment with a recipe of her own. She finally architected a dulcet, velvety cake pop that recaptured the excitement of that first Georgia pop, she opened Cake Pop-It to share her discovery with the community’s sweet teeth.
In the years since, Desiree has let her creativity take the reigns of her confection-crafting process, decorating each pop with a whimsical design or turning it into an edible character replete with a smiling face and a mysterious past. Cake Pop-It’s staff of bakers also forges other sugary nibbles including custom cakes and cupcakes with inventive flavors such as salted caramel, key-lime pie, and crumb cake.
Cake Creations owner and master pastry chef Yami Fernandez-Rubio whips up made-to-order cupcakes in a variety of gourmet flavors from the confines of her family-owned-and-operated bakery. Choose up to two of the different flavor combinations to make up your dozen, including best sellers such as red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, as rich and smooth as a pile of gold in a silk smoking jacket, or guava cake with guava cream-cheese frosting. Traditionalists will enjoy six vanilla-bean cakes with sweet vanilla buttercream paired with six chocolate cakes topped with bitter chocolate frosting, both of whose incompatible personalities make them no less delicious. Take advantage of the seasonally available pumpkin-spice cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, which will return to live in hibernation with the Great Pumpkin once the first frost settles on the land.
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and other flavor options including georgia mud fudge blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($2.29+). The peanut buster parfait slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight ($3.39+). This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies and fruit drinks to create a sweet treat superpower.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($4.20-$6.00) or blend into shakes ($6.25) and smoothies ($6.50) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.95). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($5.50-$6.95), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($5.95), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
Pink Zebra Cake Shop’s dessert artisans bake an array of delectable gourmet cupcakes and innovative cake-pop treats from a plethora of premium, fresh ingredients. Concocted with homemade cake batter and coated in a milk-chocolate shell, cake pops imitate lollipop appearances, consistently surprising taste buds or tricking owls hunting for candy. Slathered in white or dark chocolate icings, a troupe of traditional flavors, such as french vanilla, red velvet, and double chocolate, trundle down patron tongues. Specialty cupcakes amalgamate several rich tastes into single bites, including fudge-filled layers of strawberry and chocolate, cheesecake and caramel fillings burrowed into banana cake, and Oreo cookies stuffed into a Thanksgiving turkey.