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. Customer’s 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.
Maria has spent the past 30 years trying to satisfy her sweet tooth (and the sweet teeth of others) with homemade cakes and cupcakes frosted in decadent buttercream. It was her penchant for sweets that led her to open Sensational Cakes by Maria, a bakery specializing in custom cakes with whimsical designs that incorporate fondant and colorful frostings. In addition to cakes and cupcakes, Maria also bakes apple, cherry, and other fruit pies topped with a double crust, crumble, or a tiny note warning the reader that you’re about to pie him in the face.
Inside Salomon's Kosher Bakery’s display cases sit freshly baked cookies—their chocolate chips and fruit toppings glinting in the light. Across the way rest fresh loaves of challah, marble rye, and corn bread—all of which are certified kosher, as seen to by Rabbi Isaiah Hertzberg from Quality Kosher Supervisory Service. For special events, the bakery whips up extravagant cakes topped with intricate designs and infused with such fillings as chocolate custard and fruit.
Erica Lieberman's lifelong affinity for baking began in her mother's kitchen 25 years ago. Since then, Erica has turned her passion for making treats into Whipped Bites, where she churns out cupcakes in a variety of sweet flavors. Featured cupcakes include apple pie with cinnamon-apple cake and vanilla-cream-cheese frosting and the PB&J, or peanut-butter cake filled with grape jelly and topped with vanilla-bean frosting.
Crave Frozen Yogurt satisfies customers' sweet teeth with chilly, self-serve treats. After dishing out their ideal portion of frozen yogurt, visitors head to the toppings bar, where they can enhance their snack with cookie crumbles, gummy worms, sliced fruit, and candy. The dining area provides super-modern seating, where customers can relax and enjoy their custom-constructed dessert while watching the flat-screen TV set above the fireplace.
Wemrock Orchards, a decades-old family farm, immerses anyone who visits in the many sweet tastes of country life. It's easy to detect aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting from the country store, which is stocked with seasonal pies, apple cider donuts, jams, apple cider, and other harvest treats. There's also the Tomasello Winery tasting room on the grounds, where you can sample local wines grown from New Jersey grapes.
Back on the farmland, scenic hay rides carry groups down a dirt road and past a shimmering lake, offering many picturesque views of the area. In fall, the scene turns a little spooky when the five-acre corn maze opens and the old orchard is decorated with creepy creatures like witches, ghosts, and goblins. Other fall-themed activities include pumpkin picking, field games for kids, and a bounce house.