Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
EarthFruits’ friendly staff of eco-conscious yogurt slingers crafts a menu of frozen creations blended with fresh fruits and confections. Fifteen flavors set off tongue sensors with their cooling touch, including a selection of superfruits, such as açai blueberry, amazon cherry, and amazon vanilla, which brim with calcium and active cultures (currently $0.38/oz., subject to change and not valid with other offers). Then personalize your creation without spray-painting it or adding flame decals with more than 80 garnishes at the Tree of Life topping bar, which sprouts fruit, candy, and trail mix. EarthFruits also indulges sweet teeth with classic dessert indulgences, such as the raspberry-cheesecake yogurt, which sports whipping cream, candied walnuts, and brownie bites. Every selection has the choice of dressing to the nines in chocolate syrup or other sacchariferous adornments, proving that decadent garb isn’t exclusive to the Earl of Ice Cream Sandwich.
The team at Sub Zero Ice Cream, winner of State's Best Ice Cream for the past four years, creates delectable desserts using a flash freeze process, which minimizes the formation of flavorless ice crystals and preserves the cream’s savory smoothness. Patrons may choose from a menu of more than 30 flavors or compose original tongue symphonies by blending any two flavors together ($3.39–$5.39). Create a sugary stroke of genius by first choosing the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, followed by adding combinations, mix-ins, and specifying texture. The skilled ice wizards then speak the appropriate incantations to flash freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance used by NASA to preserve precious moon pies.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. With six small servings of frozen yogurt to redeem, sweet-teethed customers can enjoy a several of the rotating flavors, including tastes such as just chocolate, peanut butter, café latte, butterscotch, and boysenberry. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the number of jumping jacks or flying-starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
The expert bakers at Cupcake Chic combine fresh ingredients with pastry mastery to craft fluffy morsels of delectability from scratch, made with neither mixes nor artificial flavors. Like crossword puzzle difficulty and the capital of Maine, the menu‘s offerings vary based on the day of the week. Perennial favorites include silky red velvet, coconut topped with cream-cheese frosting, key-lime pie springing from a graham-cracker crust, and dark chocolate sporting a stylish fudge pompadour ($2.50 for individual cupcakes, $15 for six). Rotating daily specials range from cinnamon sugar with cream-cheese frosting (Tuesdays and Fridays) to carrot ginger flecked with pecans (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Cupcake Chic also serves up seasonal treats, such as lemon cake with strawberry frosting and a campfire-ready s’mores varietal that knows all 34 verses of “Kumbaya.” Gluten-free flavors are available for allergy sufferers.
A giant owl sculpture guards the front entrance of Roll Up Crepes, a brick façade painted with woodland scenery. Inside, another tree takes up residence in the middle of the dining room, its branches extending across the ceiling. Though containing no twigs or leaves, the menu is as eclectic as the decor, with crepes stuffed with savory and sweet ingredients that include pulled pork in barbecue sauce and berry cheesecake. After a brief stay in a panini press, the rolled-up treats are served with sides of potato chips or ice cream. The staff also carts bite-size crepes to weddings, corporate events, and chain-gang reunions. Roll Up Crepes keeps late hours, staying open until 1 a.m. and hosting open-mic nights and monthly concerts from local artists.