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The French word douce translates into English as "soft" or "sweet," and that’s exactly the type of confectionary reputation that Douce France’s founders intended to build when they opened their shop in 1981. The two bakers moved to the area from France and, more than 30 years later, continue to share an extensive list of European–style confections with their patrons. They make each item from scratch and oversee each stage of production: preparing the dough, baking it properly, and presenting it artfully. Their specialties include lemon bundt cakes, chocolate éclairs, napoleons, tarts, marzipan cookies, danishes, scones, and savory quiches, which is French for keychains.

855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto,
CA
US

Culture Organic Frozen Yogurt is a healthier way to sate a sweet cheek. The freshly prepared concoctions are enhanced by active cultures and complemented by toppings such as seasonal organic fruit. Culture's menu features a bevy of sweet foundations, including original, vanilla accents, signature chocolate, and seasonal blends. Frozen yogurts start at $3.99 for a small before scintillating toppings (up to $1.29) are added. Top off any sweet structure with flavors such as coconut-crunch granola, plums, mangoes, dried raspberries, chocolate-chip cookies, brownie chunks, dried banana, seasonal specific offerings, and more. The spoon-averted can enjoy frozen Yo'Wiches, yogurt blanketed between freshly baked cookies ($4.49), or a mango Fro Yo Shake, which brings bursting flavor to a highly drinkable package ($5.99).

340 S California Ave
Palo Alto,
CA
US

Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.

In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.

3990 El Camino Real
Palo Alto,
CA
US

The recipes may call for Indian rose syrup, Spanish saffron, and vanilla imported from Indonesia and Madagascar—but all the treats at Rick's Ice Cream look most at home when scooped into crispy waffle cones. Every day since Rick Payne opened the store in 1956, Rick's Ice Cream's staff has used locally produced cream to whip up small batches of their rich ice cream in 48 rotating flavors, 5 gallons at a time. On any given day, they might be adding whole organic blueberries to blueberry ice cream, smashing purple yams from the Philippines for ube ice cream, or swirling black-raspberry marble and chocolate chips through their Sideways cabernet-flavored ice cream. Some of their flavors appear infrequently, such as the beloved black-raspberry crunch, which is loaded with chocolate-covered almonds that bloom from rare chocolate-covered-almond bushes. Italian sodas made with Torani flavorings, from-scratch cookies, and fudge-dipped marshmallows ensure a menu that appeals to the sweet teeth of a diverse clientele. The staff can also forge their ice cream into chilly cakes and cupcakes to help celebrate birthdays, graduations, or Old Man Winter's annual retirement party. For events with 100 or more people, they can also roll out their catering carts to ply partygoers with treats.

3946 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto,
CA
US

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. Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Mighty Leaf teas flavored with hibiscus flowers or peppermint. 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 a trio of california flatbreads, each packing only about 320–420 calories, which can be pleasantly capped off with cups of Whirl’ns frozen yogurt.

78 Stanford Shopping Ctr
Palo Alto,
CA
US

When they’re not blending imported leaves into 120 tea varieties, the tea gurus at Tea Time lead tasting classes that empower sippers to explore the 3,000-year-old beverage’s origins, aromas, and health benefits. The classes reflect Tea Time’s mission to make its tea room a welcoming community hub. In the shop’s “sniffing corner,” staff members help customers sift through 150 glass jars of tealeaves in search of their ideal blend. Free WiFi, bamboo tables, and a menu of French-style pastries and English-style sandwiches furnish tranquil afternoons, and a slew of teatime accessories line solid oak shelves.

542 Ramona St
Palo Alto,
CA
US

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