Ben and Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes to brownie or cookie sundaes. The frozen creamery is also a proficient cakery with a proud stock of ice-cream cakes. The website even boasts a virtual cake-builder that helps walk cake-couturists through the steps of designing their own delicious desserts, such as choosing the shape, size, flavors, toppings, and whether they’d prefer it to say “Happy Birthday," “Congratulations," or “Congratulations on the Anniversary of Your Birth." Cakes, like all of Ben and Jerry’s delicious ice-cream flavors, are made with fair-trade ingredients whenever possible, upholding their mission statement and commitment to activism.
Since 1990, The Cookie Zoo has warmed hearts and stuffed bellies with made-from-scratch sweets and homemade gift baskets. Teach a chum how to chew with the doughy contents of a cookie basket ($50–$100), or carry around a combo tray ($40–$55) of chocolate-chip and sugar cookies and blimp-like brownies to make new friends on the street while toning your carrying muscles.
Bon Breads’ founder and master baker Carlos Pereira painstakingly transforms top-quality ingredients into artisanal breads over the course of a 24- to 48-hour process. First, high-quality french wild yeast starter ferments for a full day before Carlos adds the active yeast along with flour, salt and water. After the dough is mixed, Carlos carefully sculpts the dough into a loaf, roll, or edible bust of the client's arch-nemesis. Loaves rest and rise in a 45-degree holding area for 12–18 hours before entering the toasty oven. Batards are available in 12 sweet and savory varieties, including indulgent white chocolate, sweet raisin walnut, wholesome multigrain cranberry, or hearty whole wheat. A golden baguette pairs with leafy salads and hearty soup, and the dozen rolls can be sliced into tiny sandwiches or playfully thrown at passing skateboarders.
An online bakery, Sweet Affairs Bake Shop keeps its virtual display cases stocked with a diverse selection of couture desserts and decadent treats. The menu includes made-from-scratch cupcakes, full-size cakes, truffles, and s’mores, all of which forego preservatives and pre-packaged additives in favor of natural ingredients. Sweet Affairs’ motto, “Variety is the spice of life,” manifests itself in the shop’s seemingly endless number of flavors, fillings, frostings, and extras.