The favorite ice cream of Colorado Springers Colorado Springs wide, Josh & John's luscious blends are made without hormoney, artificially beefed-up dairy products, and each scoop is fresh, often churned just hours before. Like the seasons, special flavors come and go by the day or week, but popular stalwarts such as yellow cake, chocolate-chip-cookie dough, oatmeal cookie, Dutch chocolate, and Rocky Mountain Roads Take My Tongue Home hold down the creamy fort. Dive face-first into a regular-sized cone ($4) or homemade waffle-bowl ice-cream salad ($5.45). Top them with garnishes such as fresh whipped cream, nuts, fruit, the house-crafted caramel, and more ($0.15–$0.90 each). Go sundae any day ($5.10 for a regular) or celebrate soccer-league victory with a round of root-beer floats ($4.25). You can also take home a pint of your own ($4.75) or prepare in advance for a chilly special occasion by ordering an ice-cream cake (starting a $19).
The tradition-treasuring confectioners at Patsy's Original Candies craft a cornucopia of decadent gourmet delights using century-old recipes, handed down for generations. Favoring originality and authentic flavors, each meltable mouthful is made using only real butter, pure chocolate, and dairy cream, while their famous candied popcorn is made using real butterscotch in place of the burnt sugar and margarine-flavored moonshine used by some companies. Sate desires for both the saccharine and the saline with old-fashioned salt water taffy, handcrafted in flavors such as yellow ($15.95 for 32 oz.), or find the perfect all-occasions gift with a box of creamy assorted chocolates ($12.95 for 7 oz.). For globally conscious gastro hounds, Patsy's hand-stretched, golden peanut brittle treats teeth to a smattering of fresh-roasted spanish peanuts ($14.95 for 16 oz.), while rosecup mints are prepared in the classic French style with fresh mint, velvety chocolate, and a blown kiss from Gerard Depardieu. Check out all Patsy's has to offer by reviewing their items by price or product.
Cupcake Girls' resident chefs whip up cupcakes using both time-tested and unique ingredients, drawing from old family recipes enhanced with their own innovative twists. Corral up to a dozen full-size cupcakes or opt for 12 miniature treats, which were regular size until falling victim to a shrink-ray experiment gone deliciously wrong. Cupcake conjurers assemble opulent pastries such as the Serve with Champagne cake, a devil's food chocolate treat they infuse with Chambord liqueur and raspberry juice before crowning it with chocolate shavings and a fresh raspberry. Otherwise, the Get Your Greens treat anoints a zucchini-based cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, and the Perfect Little Pumpkin cupcake marries the flavorful fall fruit with chocolate chips for an autumnal treat that rivals candy corn on the cob.
Just 4 Me Pastries & Eatery specializes in classic desserts like buttercream-frosted cupcakes and also in creative treats, which includes savory-sweet chocolate-dipped bacon. For a special event, order a fruit pie or a a cake decorated with fondant roses. The spot also serves up gluten-free desserts for those with special dietary needs.
Paintings and other works by local artists festoon Cucuru Gallery Cafe, whose walls are painted with the rustic reds and deep greens of the Spanish countryside. Glasses of Spanish wines and specialty cocktails clink within the single-story house-turned-café, such as the Barista blended with espresso and brûlée liqueurs. Cucuru's drinks pair with tapas and other Hispanic-inspired dishes, such as crispy spiced patatas bravas with garlic-aioli dipping sauce and pollo oloroso, which tops a seared chicken breast, manchego cheese, and mashed potatoes with an oloroso-mushroom demi-glace. The café hosts live entertainment throughout the week, such as jazz, funk, and other genres, and opens on Tuesdays for sultry tango classes.