Featured in Phoenix Magazine’s Best of the Valley series and other posh publications, the bakers at Cupcakes swirl and twirl creamy frosting to transform their namesake miniature cakes into edible works of art. Made from scratch every morning at 4 a.m., the dainty desserts are available in seven daily varieties, as well as a selection of specialty and seasonal flavors that change as often as an amnesiac’s workout routine. Preorder a peck of Hollywood cupcakes, a red cocoa cake topped with cream-cheese frosting and dusted with edible gold luster, or ceremonialize the return of Tuesday with the caramel-and-peanut-butter goodness of the Bliss cake. The crunch cinnamon sugar topping of the Momo cake makes a fitting treat for a birthday party, business meeting, or root-canal celebration any day of the week, whereas The New Yorker cupcake combines the refined tastes of vanilla, chocolate chip, lemon, and social satire. Once patrons place an advance order, they can arrive at the sugary sanctuary to pick up their sweet feast after 10:30 a.m. the next day or whenever their personal trainer finally falls asleep.
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 Talbot Teas, including Paris Breakfast and SOHO Earl.
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.
After making a few pilgrimages to frozen-yogurt shops across the country, the founders of Yogurtopia came up with their own recipe for success. They only wanted to use high-quality frozen yogurt and toppings that emphasized both good taste and health.
Now, the shop’s creamy frozen treats swirl from self-serve machines in more than 90 flavors, such as nonfat swiss chocolate, low-fat cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added wild strawberry. A bountiful toppings bar cascades fresh fruit, nuts, and candy options such as rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, and Butterfingers on top of the frosty swirls. Best of all, patrons can choose to pile the frozen peaks and toppings over warm belgian waffles before heading to the weigh station to settle their debts.
Fresh, high-quality ingredients are the keys to Yogurtology's appeal, allowing guests to indulge in dessert while doing good for their bodies. In addition to diligently preparing fruit toppings daily, the staff members hand-cut each hunk of candy bar, creating delectably bite-size pieces that can be scattered over yogurt along with gummy candies, flakes of coconut, and more than 60 other garnishes, many of which are gluten-free and are carefully kept from commingling with the other ingredients. The resident "yogurtologists" also apply their attention to detail to the shop's atmosphere, replenishing and cleaning up the toppings bar throughout the day, helping to maintain a crisp, neat vibe.
Of course, toppings are only half the story. The stars at Yogurtology are the frozen yogurts, which range from classics to inventive flavors like pomegranate raspberry, Tart Nouveau, and award-winning Oatmeal Cookie. The self-serve machines offer up two no-sugar-added and two dairy-free options daily in order to accommodate dietary restrictions, and the shop shows respect to man's best friend by carrying cups of organic "doggie" yogurt.
Made from scratch, Lox Stock & Bagel's 28 fresh-baked bagels range from cheddar jalapeño and pumpernickel to cinnamon raisin and chocolate chip. For nearly 20 years, the eatery’s team has been pulling them out of the oven, topping them with whipped cream cheese, and stacking them with grilled chicken breast, Nova lox, and other sandwich meats. Their catering services can fuel special events with sprawling bagel spreads, and their gift baskets make a great way to surprise a friend, especially if you deliver one at night with a foghorn.