With hundreds of cake flavors and designs, the options are nearly endless at Pinky Sweets Cupcakes and Confections. A rotating selection of cupcakes delights taste buds with flavors such as chocolate salted caramel, chocolate turtle, lemon coconut, and red velvet. Pinky's bakers also design specialty cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and they can arrange cupcakes on custom displays.
Pinky's birthday-party packages, which have themes ranging from spa party to tea party to tax-filing party, allow kids to take on the cupcake-decorating responsibilities while munching on snacks. They often feature a professional photographer.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staff toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite, and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, the staff also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.
The chefs at Sassi Cakes & Sweets know that desserts and drinks are the two best parts of any meal. That's why they focus the majority of their time crafting mouthwatering treats like fresh fruit tarts topped with vanilla cream, or dense, gooey brownies with caramel cream and bits of Heath bar. The same way a fancy restaurant might pair its wines to its entrees or complimentary dinner mints, the chefs here pair their delectable desserts to a number of specialty martinis and other drinks. Of course, sometimes the best pairing for a sweet snack is a savory dish, which is why Sassi Cakes & Sweets also offers a small menu of tapas plates and entrees, ranging from lump crab cakes to pan-seared ribeyes.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets that combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes ($35) that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress. Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
Whipping up tasty iced concoctions with a heaping side of friendly service, Norfolk Ice Cream Company soothes fiery flavortites like a milkshake-spewing fire truck. Fresh off its one-year anniversary, this scoop-slinging abode offers a bevy of tantalizing menu items while making smile-inducing service a top priority. More than 100 possible ice-cream flavors are available, as well as soft-serve, non-fat frozen yogurt, smoothies, blended iced coffees, and cryogenically frozen gingermen. Opt for a satisfying scoop of Kahlua-almond fudge, cotton candy, bubble gum, or elephant ears ($2.69 for a single scoop, $3.69 for a double). Or, sample a banana split ($4.79), a chocolate milkshake ($3.99 for a regular size), or a towering chocolate and vanilla non-fat frozen-yogurt soft serve ($1.99 for a regular).
The deli doyens at Captain’s Galley quell roiling tummies with an armada of homemade sandwiches, salads, and breakfast spreads. The menu’s menagerie of hot and cold bread enswathments include the Captain’s Favorite—a meaty amalgamation of beef, onions, and peppers beneath a canopy of provolone ($6.29)— and a wide selection of foot-long sandwiches, such as the bestselling pastrami or corn beef on rye ($6.29) and the BLT ($4.79). Or evade bread-thieving geese by opting for a leafy lunch alternative, such as the Dieter’s Favorite, a cheese-speckled chef salad that features garden goodies cavorting with roast beef, ham, and turkey ($6.95).