Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a California dairy, and it is free of the artificial growth hormone rSBT. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Voted Best Bread and Best Bakery by the readers of Inland Empire Magazine two years in a row, Old Town Baking Company sates carb cravers with an arsenal of bread-based delights. Dive mouth first into a bevy of punctiliously prepared pastries and loaves, including the bavarian sourdough rye, which marries an old-country recipe with California's fabled yeast ($4/loaf). The hearty 6-grain's sesame-encrusted crosshatch-net loaf adds an unexpected nutty crunch to an already robust flavor ($5). Complement any dining experience with a 12-pack of browned squaw rolls ($4), or a loaf of carolina corn bread ($4). Chocoholics can regroup after particularly ineffective intervention attempts with chocolate-covered macaroons ($6.99/lb.), a chocolate-coated cream horn ($2), the chocolate-filled cookies called Chocolate Drops ($6.99/lb.), or the all-chocolate Sumptuous brownie ($2). Succomb to whispering sweet teeth with the Sinful cinnamon roll ($2) or strawberry-banana pound cake ($4), or sample the menagerie of muffins ($2).
Doc Popcorn's kernel crafters scoop up heaping bags of naturally flavored, fluffy treats in a variety of sweet and savory varieties. Husband-and-wife team Rob and Renée founded the business with the goal to fuse health and flavor into one snack item, packing each morsel into recyclable and compostable bags that agree with Mother Nature's digestive system. Traditional tastes such as classic kettle and sweet butter dust and drizzle onto each piece's nooks and crannies, and inventive flavors such as Hoppin' jalapeño, Sinfully cinnamon, and triple white cheddar satisfy cravings without the hassle of grating cheese or massaging mouths with hot-pepper-flavored floss. The pop doctors also pair their favorite flavors, filling gift packages and decorative tins.
The team at Sub Zero Ice Cream 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 an original taste by blending any two flavors together. First, choose the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, before 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.
It's a fact—everyone loves ice cream. Which is why the people behind Dreamy Ice Cream make everyone's party dreams come true by providing parties with icy tubs of all-you-can-eat chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry Thrifty Ice Cream. Besides the cool treat, they deliver a smattering of traditional toppings, as well as cups, cones, spoons, and an aproned staff member to scoop. Customers can also opt for alternative ice-cream flavors in the Thrifty lineup by special request.