The aroma of freshly made waffle-cone bowls wafts through the shop, beckoning customers to come in and top them with 14 self-serve frozen-yogurt and custard flavors. The bowls support frosty mounds of rotating flavors, such as Texas peanut butter, no-sugar-added mint chocolate chip, and watermelon frozen yogurt, or favorite standbys of vanilla and chocolate custard. All of the frozen yogurt and custard is kosher and gluten-free, and there is always a pair of vegan/dairy-free frozen yogurts in stock. A huge toppings bar stocked with more than 35 toppings⎯including cookie dough, gummy bears, and fresh fruit from nearby Hiller's Market⎯awaits the snowy peaks.
After customers have engineered their creations with as many flavors and toppings as they'd like, they pay by weight, just as new parents do with their babies. Customers can also combine their favorite frozen yogurt and topping flavors into a blended Storm, which has fewer calories and less fat than similar blended ice-cream treats offered elsewhere.
In the summertime, Just Peachy’s patio hums with activity. In colder weather, guests scurry inside to sip hot chocolate or organic coffee from Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.
In a few short years, April and James Forbes have gone from humble dreamers to established-and-celebrated experts in their trade: the tasty-baked-goods trade. Before opening The Cakeria in 2010, the couple sold their home-baked treats at the Dixieland Flea Market, according to the Oakland Press. By 2012, their cupcakes had earned them the championship spot on Food Network's Cupcake Wars?wars in which the kitchen-clumsy Napoleon never would have stood a chance. The key to the couple?s success lies in from-scratch recipes and highly creative flavor concepts; they bake with herbs, oils, and real butter to make confections such as chocolate cupcakes soaked in cherry cola and topped with swiss-meringue buttercream. Their cookies, brownies, and french macarons obtain their distinctive tastes from exquisite ingredients such as tahitian vanilla, dutch cocoa powder, and stardust from the Andromeda galaxy.
Inside Trifles's vintage-style space, staff members bake specialty wedding cakes, gourmet chocolates, and cupcakes. The bakers adorn their signature cakes in flavors such as banana, carrot, and cherry nut with vanilla buttercream frosting and sugar flowers.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99).
Big Apple Bagels churns out taste-bud-approved edibles to bustling diners dancing about the casual dining space. Delight in made-from-starch morning boosters such as the cake-like muffins ($1.79+) or a box of bagels packed with 12 carb circles and one-half pound of real-dairy cream cheese ($16.99+/doz.). Other early eats include breakfast sandwiches such as the Southern Tradition—american cheese, scrambled eggs, and choice of steaming sausage, bacon, or ham ($2.89+). For the afternooner appetite, dig into a succulent, made-to-order sandwich ($5.29+), a hand-tossed Signature salad ($6.69), or an untimely yet welcomed cup of freshly brewed coffee.