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When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn’t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model—selling only cookies—not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it’s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.

The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.

7200 Harrison Ave., Unit PC3
Rockford,
IL
US

As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.

1262 S Alpine Rd
Rockford,
IL
US

Cuisine Type: American Home Cooking

Established: 2012

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Free street parking

Most popular offering: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, Shrimp Diablo

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Pro Tip: You will be greeted with a smile and a cheery hello. We are here to make dinnertime enjoyable again.

Q&A with Kathy, Owner

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are a Take and Bake [restaurant]. So I guess what I am trying to say is, "It's not a TV dinner, it's a fresh cooked meal". I do all the shopping and chopping, you do all the enjoying.

D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?

Remember back when you would come home and mom would have a home cooked meal waiting for you? Well, EZ Dinners can make that flashback a reality. Simply come in tell us what you want and we will get it for you. All you have to do is bring it home and cook it.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our menu changes monthly, but what you need to know is when you come in we always have an "until it's gone" list that you can also choose from. We also have a freezer full of homemade desserts and sides like strawberry rhubarb pie, chocolate mousse brownies, and cheesy mashed potatoes. We are always adding new items.

5533 N 2nd St
Loves Park,
IL
US

It can be rough feeding a family, with parents figuring out how to find time to prepare healthy, delicious meals and still complete their long, grueling work schedules. That’s why Shane and Angie Huber at U-Bake decided to help their clients hurry dinner to the table by specializing in prepared, take-and-bake dinners and meal supplies. This allows their regular shoppers to easily and efficiently assemble entire meals with only an oven, a stovetop, or a third and final genie wish.

Though they’re known for their housemade dough, including pizza dough and more than 50 types of cookie dough, they also sling pastries, dry and frozen soups, and jellies and spreads to enhance any main course. They help families cope with dietary restrictions without compromising taste by whipping up a variety of gluten-free items, and their website promotes creative culinary pursuits by featuring signature recipes that only require ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

4162 N Perryville Rd
Loves Park,
IL
US