On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
When Forest Mars Sr. was a boy, in 1911, he watched with rapt attention as his mother, Ethel, crafted gourmet chocolates in their kitchen. 70 years later, he honored her memory by making chocolates of his own in Henderson, Nevada, where today a small factory still whips up his mother's recipes alongside modern confections. Traditional candies mingle nuts, cr?me liqueurs, and caramels with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and truffles. Handpicked pecans float amid chocolate and butter in Ethel M's signature brittles, and milk, dark, and sugar-free chocolate envelops bite-sized treats such as espresso beans, pretzels, and fruit. Ethel M Chocolates invites visitors to tour the factory, where chocolatiers prove sweets can be made without preservatives or the witchcraft of Keebler elves, before sending candies to seven Las Vegas?area shops.
Frozen yogurt is all the rage in Las Vegas, thanks to the near-endless sunny days and oft-soaring temperatures. Even with plenty of stiff competition, U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt on Decatur Boulevard remains one of the most popular places in the city. The fun shop features a fun, cheery atmosphere, with vibrant couches, several tabletops and plenty of neon green. A rotating selection of frozen flavors keeps guests coming back, while a run of toppings, including fresh seasonal fruit, candy, granola and chocolate, are more than enough to satisfy. There are healthier options as well, of course, but the young-skewing crowd doesn’t seem to mind the occasional indulgence. But if you are, look for low-fat frozen yogurt such as birthday cake, cinnamon roll and toffee, as well as nondairy sorbets including fruit punch, pink lemonade and kiwi strawberry.
Known throughout the city for their delicious and freshly made smoothies and toasted wraps, sandwiches and flatbreads, Tropical Smoothie Café dedicates itself to providing healthier food and drinks than the usual fast-casual fare. The fresh scents of bread and fruits fill the store, where tables are displayed for those who wish to dine-in or enjoy the fresh air on their outside patio. A large menu hangs inside, ticking off the day’s primarily healthy possibilities, while colorful accents and cheery staff make for a relaxed, welcoming environment overall. Free wireless internet is a small perk for the perpetually connected crowd, and those on the run can even call ahead to have their orders waiting for them – Tropical Smoothie Café will even hand-deliver the order curbside, though you’d miss out on the fun, tropical ambiance inside.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
“You can’t be mad when you’re eating gelato,” says Gelato Café CEO and managing member Ronnie Lee, who counts on his scoops of creamy gelato and fruity sorbet to cheer everyone who visits his walkup stand on Las Vegas Boulevard. Inspired by more than a decade of living in Italy as an award-winning techno and dance pop star, Lee scoops more than 18 flavors of dense gelato into house-made waffle bowls. Each bite comes with rich flavor, as well as fewer calories and less butterfat than ice cream. Friendly staffers pour gourmet Illy coffee and European-style hot chocolate to complement each cone, bowl, and sundae. In addition to its location in the Fashion Show Mall, Gelato Café’s scoops also grace the Four Seasons, conventions for companies such as Yahoo, and dinner tables in several restaurants throughout the city.: