The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colours. Once clients have made a flavour selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
Buttercream Bake Shoppe comforts sweet cravings with a variety of daily baked goods, including cupcakes, cookies, and cakes made with natural ingredients. Fill a burlap sack with the bakery’s more than 35 flavours of scratch-made cupcakes ($2.95 each, $15.95 for six), 12 of which are offered daily and arrive stomachside hand-decorated. Customers can chew through weekly and monthly cupcake offerings that include specially baked flavours—depending on the week—such as lemon coconut and raspberry cheesecake and monthly specials such as June’s mango and July’s pink lemonade. The confectionery also boasts fruit-flavoured buttercreams crafted from fruit purées and elegantly adorns its sweet treats with chapeaus of sprinkles, chocolate shavings, nut garnishes, and more.
Yogen Fr?z has an interesting answer for yogurt shops that simply top their swirls with fruit?it mixes mango, bananas, watermelon, and kiwis right in with the yogurt. These colourful, fresh creations boast low or no fat as well as a heaping helping of digestion-friendly probiotics. Of course, customers of the shop?which has more than 1,400 locations in more than 47 countries?can still opt for a traditionally topped cup of yogurt, as well as for smoothies or cups topped with fruit, granola, and yogurt, that have similar nutritional benefits.
Boasting more than 100 years in business, Olivier's Candies churns out handmade chocolates using early 20th-century recipes and chocolate-making methods. Candy makers blend fresh cream, real butter, and North American chocolate to shape confections such as mint-chocolate sandwiches ($19.99/400g box). Six Belgian-style truffles ($15.99) cause mouths to sing arias in Flemish without warning, and peanut brittle rewards sweet teeth ($11.99/300g box). Customers can also wallpaper mouth interiors with festive holiday bark candies in flavours that include peppermint candy cane, cinnamon, cookies and cream, or gingerbread ($16.99/300-gram box).
Cold Stone’s ice cream, made in-store daily, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. Ice-cream voyeurs can create their own ice-creamplosion from old favourites or unheard of delights ($2.89–$4.59 with two mix-ins), eliciting taste tests of dozens of silky flavours such as cake batter, cotton candy, and piñata. Each ice-cream creation generously welcomes up to two of the shop's dozens of mix-ins as traditional as Oreo cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as pie crust. Those willing to bequeath the invention of creamy concoctions to the professionals can try a Cold Stone Signature creation, such as the almond-studded and caramel-slathered Coffee Lovers Only or the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with Reese's peanut-butter cups, fudge, and a side of endorphins ($3.99–$5.75). Once concoctions are chosen and perfected, they're scooped cold into freshly made waffle cones or bowls.