Icing on the Cupcake’s innovative, meticulously crafted cupcakes have made the shop a top local dessert business on the KCRA A-List for the past three years. Drawing from a cumulative 50 years of baking experience, chefs whip up a daily-changing menu using gourmet ingredients, such as madagascar bourbon vanilla, buttercream frosting, and bacon bits. Colorful displays of cupcakes stack up beneath contemporary decor inside the shop. The bakery also offers delivery services throughout the Sacramento area, bringing freshly baked morsels to customers' homes, offices, or hiding places behind the curtains of their favorite newscasters.
A slab of granite and a crushed Snickers bar may not seem like much, but they can really transform ice cream. At least that’s what Donald and Susan Sutherland believed in 1988 when they opened their first Cold Stone Creamy. The technique they used is simple: creamy homemade ice cream and classic mix-ins blended together upon a cold, granite stone board instead of a smooth bowling lane. The Sutherlands were obviously onto something, because their way of making ice cream has spread like wildfire: today, 1,400 stores dispense the frozen treats in cups, cakes, and freshly baked specialty waffle cones.
The staff at Juice It Up! conducts a symphony of whirring blenders, juice squeezers, and chattering ice in an effort to promote health. The smoothies and juices are colorful canvases whose crimson, emerald, and goldenrod hues are drawn from a palette of nonfat yogurts, sherbets, and acai berries as well as watermelon juice, chai tea, and ginseng. Nutritional supplements add a blast of energy, proteins, echinacea, or vitamins to drinks before a tough workout or a visit to tell a motorcycle gang its loan has not been approved.
Big Spoon Yogurt’s special topping bar complements hot cocoa and frozen yogurt ensembles with more than 75 novel accompaniments. Beverage construction commences at Big Spoon’s topping bar, where steaming chassis of hot cocoa ($1.25–$2.59) don marshmallow tires—in mint, german chocolate, cinnamon, and toasted coconut flavors—and warm-cookie steering wheels in a rousing race to anticipating taste buds. Patrons sweeten metric-system conversions with frozen yogurt by the ounce (price varies by location), available in chocolate, vanilla, and a rotating stock of non-dairy and sugar-free flavors. Seasonal winter flavors provide the taste of frozen eggnog without the hassle of holding company Christmas parties in a polar bear’s living room, and fall flavors scour a farmer’s windowsill for apple pie and pumpkin yogurt—all customizable with the bar’s more than 75 toppings.
"[An] intense, buttery burst of flavor [with a] delicate texture" are the best things about The Donut Shop's maple bar, according to Style magazine's September 2012 issue. With bare-bones, yet fresh decor, The Donut Shop keeps the focus on the donuts, all made with shortening free of trans fat. The day's selection of treats is hand-lettered in colorful chalk on a blackboard above a glass case and granite counter tops. On any given day the fluffy dough can be embracing jelly, cream, and peanut-butter filling, and options such as devil's food allow guests to fulfill childhood dreams by starting their day off with dessert. Hot or cold chai and specialty coffee drinks bring out each donut's sweet flavors when served as a dunking option or chewed simultaneously.
Every day since “Daddy Dave” Leatherby Sr. and his wife, Sally, opened the first Leatherby’s Family Creamery 30 years ago, the shop has been churning out fresh ice cream layered in sweet sauces straight from the candy kettle. Milk, cream, and sugar form the base of Leatherby’s more than 45 flavors, which range from staples such as chocolate and strawberry to more exotic varieties including mocha almond fudge and spumoni. Inspired by family recipes that date back a half-century, these frosty treats come in cones, shakes, malts, and sodas, as well as in heaping sundaes and banana splits, the largest of which tips the scales at 54 ounces. Leatherby’s menu has expanded over time, and includes savory options such as sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads.