Founded in 2000 by college buddies Don McKinney and James Clary, Freckles Frozen Custard crafts its creamy creations using milk and eggs chosen from Midwest farms. Vanilla custard blended with Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans mixes with toppings such as hot fudge, bananas, and Twinkies, while specialty concoctions include the Brown Derby, a fusion of custard, brownie, and fudge intended to be worn atop the head. Elsewhere on the menu, colorful scoops of italian ice adorn cones with fruit flavors, and creamy malts, shakes, and floats fill cups. Festive custard pies and cakes can be customized to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or the colonization of Atlantis.
FreshBerry serves up low-fat and non-fat frozen treats with a menu of mouth-cooling, low-calorie flavors available toward inner-igloo-building. Choose from a Craig Biggio's uniform number's worth of yogurt options: FreshBerry tart, decadent dark chocolate, vanilla (with no sugar added), acai berry, classic strawberry, mango, and pomegranate. Each flavor contains live and active yogurt cultures—probiotics that act as personal assistants to your digestive system. FreshBerry fare is available in small 5 oz. ($3.99), medium 7 oz. ($4.99), and large 11.5 oz. ($5.99) serving sizes.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks composed of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The café’s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic açaí and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients, and laser vision–inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Located just across the street from Florida International University's south campus, Smoothie King blends fresh frozen drinks, offering patrons a healthy alternative to other types of on-the-go snacks. Baristas begin with fruit-filled base concoctions and customize each one by adding and subtracting items according to customers' preferences. The staff can also add enhancers that jam-pack beverages with probiotics, antioxidants, or protein. Smoothie King's drinks are healthier than other types of frozen treats, including ice cream, cakes, and chocolate-covered snow globes.
Yolotti Frozen Yogurt's eight frosty machines dispense swirling servings of 16 dulcet flavors of yogurt and sorbet, including gluten- and fat-free options, as well as no-sugar-added varities, before handfuls of fresh fruits and candies tumble down each cupful's creamy peak. One punch card fills bellies with five 12-ounce cups of dairy varieties such as harvest peach, caramel cream, and Sumatra vanilla. Key-lime sorbet marries hints of sweet and sour, and seasonal flavors such as Egg Nog Lover, gingerbread, and pumpkin-pie summon up memories of liquid-diet holidays. Chilly customers scoop up their choice of toppings from the treasure trove of ripe blackberries and bananas or crumbly pieces of Kit Kats and Oreo cookies. After pleasing palates, each yogurt infuses bodies with six live and active cultures, promoting digestive health. Between bites, guests can check email over the free WiFi or challenge each other to rousing bouts of Risk, Trivial Pursuit, or other board games traditionally used to determine the outcome of presidential debates in the event of a tie.
Ann's Bakery has a rich history of baking bountiful made-from-scratch breads and satisfying sweet teeth with delectable confections. Give your stomach a break from digesting cell-phone batteries with scrumptious cookies (from $.60) such as Ann's pecan sandies, frosted sugar cookies, or specialty turtle fudge concoctions. Scale your taste for cake from cupcakes (from $1.25), including red velvet and orange varieties, to cakes ranging from manageable (from $13.95 for a 7") to monstrous (from $55.95 for a 16" x 24" sheet). The fluffy, moist cakes range from traditional white wedding to german-chocolate flavors, with a fulsome fount of fillings to choose from, including lemon, strawberry, post-rock, and bavarian cream.