Frogurt 101?s rotating selection of frozen yogurt ranges from classic vanilla and cookies ?n? cream to chocolate nog and candy cane flavors. The selection always includes options that are low in fat, free of sugar, and served piping hot. Customers can fill bowls with their choice of frozen yogurt before adding more than 20 different toppings, including gummy bears, rainbow sprinkles, cherries, and crushed Oreo cookies.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast 150 calories or fewer.
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.
Although Barista Cafe has been making headlines with its scantily clad servers—women dressed in bikini-like ensembles—the menu's fresh, healthful cuisine remains the backbone of the business. Instead of frying or dipping ingredients in a natural lake of frosting, the café’s cooks fold them into nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Jump Start, a smorgasbord of eggs, ham, bacon, green chilies, pepper jack cheese, and salsa, gets mornings underway when paired with a steaming cup of coffee. For later meals, efficient service and to-go options ensure ample time to devour salads, sandwiches, and wraps, such as the Hawaiian Tropic, which is stuffed with grilled chicken, pineapple, and a housemade soy-dijon sauce.
Chocolate Star Bakery specializes in handmade, gourmet, melt-in-your-mouth cookies. Chocolate Star's oven-masters craft these delights from the finest ingredients: premium chocolate, pure vanilla, fresh farm butter, cookies, Grade A eggs, and Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate. The New Times has called Chocolate Star's concoctions the Best Cookies in the Phoenix area, while Scottsdale 10 has named the cookie haven one of Scottsdale's best dessert spots.
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.