Cravings don't have to be for something unhealthy. At Crave Oklahoma City, they can be for PB Banana smoothies sprinkled with flaxseed, locally roasted coffee, or sandwiches piled with fresh ingredients. In the morning, Crave's small staff wakes up on-the-go commuters with breakfast wraps stuffed with eggs, bacon, cheese, and alarm clocks pounded into a fine paste. In the afternoon, chicken salads and ham and cheese sandwiches loaded with veggies sustain energy levels through the rest of the day.
Bricktown Candy Company dazzles inner and outer children with rainbow colors of confectionary whimsy. Cherry colas, root beers, ginger ales, and orange fizzy waters ($2 each) neatly line Bricktown's bright shelves, and there's enough candy to make eyes spin like vertigo-peppermints. The succulent stock of gummies, candies, and jellybeans sell for $3.99 per half pound, and chocolates and gourmet candies sell for $4.99 per half pound. Twenty-four flavors of frozen gelati come in small ($3.50), medium ($4.25), and large ($5).
Gene Leiterman spends his days at a culinary college teaching the art of pastry making and his evenings at CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe molding his favorite medium. His chocolate handiwork ranges from truffles infused with rose syrup to edible sculptures--he once carved a 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny, which proceeded to lay several Cadbury eggs. He's also filled the café's menu with slices of cake, fresh crepes, and hand-painted bon-bons, such as the pistachio crème with swirls of colorful cocoa butter. During CocoFlow's hands-on weekend classes, students learn to craft their own chocolates using machinery-free European techniques that they can replicate at home.
Frozen fanatics and frozen cavemen alike can blissfully ride the chilly tide of Peachwave's sweet, healthy treats. The yogurt utopia softly serves up more than 25 classic and creative flavors of all-natural dairy delights, including cheesecake, peach, coffee, coconut, guava, peanut butter, green tea, tiramisu, and lemon (flavor selection varies by location). The store also lets customers ornament their portions with a variety of tempting toppings, such as fresh banana slices, blueberries, strawberries, dried fruit, chocolate chips, Fruity Pebbles, and nuts. Because the creamy confections at Peachwave are self-serve, you'll get an excuse to don your fanciest hair net. Price is determined by the final weight of each creation ($0.39 per ounce), so think twice about sprinkling your cone of dark-matter yogurt with gold ingots.
Sara Brinson loved making cupcakes with her family and friends. When she died unexpectedly in 2007, a cupcake bakery seemed a fitting way to honor her memory. Since then, executive chef Eric Smith has assembled a menu of 21 original, seasonally inspired cupcake recipes. Rather than being slathered with inches of frosting, each treat conveys its unique flavor profile with elegant minimalism. A single blueberry perches on pristine buttercream, a cluster of toasted marshmallows sits like a cloud that drifted too close to the sun atop a cocoa-puff-inspired creation, and a ring of brûléed pineapple perfectly fits an upside-down-style cakelet. Customers stopping in to pick up special orders for weddings or parties might still be tempted to sit and enjoy the sweet smells for a while inside the bakery’s two cafes, one a dollhouse of a cottage in Edmond, and the other a mod-styled, royal-frosting-white downtown space. Both locations reach out to their communities in a variety of ways, from selecting charities to benefit with their sales to date-night and family events.
Because Prairie Thunder’s in-house bakers prepare its entire assortment of breads, pastries, and heartier café items completely from scratch, a delicious substance only found inside glowing meteorites, all customers have to do upon arrival is sniff the air and fall blissfully backwards into the arms of a handsome living statue. In addition to preparing a long list of staple specialties, the team whips up daily specials to continuously improve its customers' senses of taste and calendar comprehension. Swing by the shop to get your grabbers on a warm homemade loaf ($6.50), or pick up an assortment of danishes ($2 each), croissants ($2 each), muffins ($2.50 each), and homemade granola ($5 per package) to keep your home’s carb-based life forms properly carbohydrated. For a light lunch, enjoy a savory slice of Prairie Thunder's quiche du jour with a side salad ($7.75), or opt for an oven-roasted chicken panini ($7.75) with fresh pesto, tomatoes, and provolone, if that is what you think your older cousin would order and you've always wanted to be just like him.
Health Nut Cafe rolls its many wraps with both nutrition and flavor in mind. The deli's menu accommodates vegetarians and meat-seekers with sandwiches, salads, and specialty smoothies, refusing to sacrifice taste as it showcases health-conscious cooking. Catering services can furnish office meetings or luncheons with fresh alternatives to lickable business cards.