From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Apple Baking Company's signature treat, the Ugly, is a soft, icing-coated pastry that comes blasted in sweet flavors such as apple, blueberry, chocolate chip, raisin honey, or raspberry. With today's deal, mouth mountaineers can explore a dozen apple Uglies' saccharine ridges before powerfully chomping down into their tender, doughy centers. Those looking to paint the town or taste buds red can opt for a dozen slices of cherry-flavored Cheerwine cake, a rich confection made from Cheerwine soda and whose white crème coating sparkles against a red backdrop at parties, backyard barbecues, and Stonecutters Club honorary banquets.
As a child, Tara Thorpe-Penn didn't lack for homemade meals and sweet treats made "with a healthy dose of love" by her mother. She started Sweet Bliss Cupcakery LLC as a way to continue her mom's legacy of connecting to others through food. The small bakery warms hearts with mini, standard, and jumbo cupcakes and cake pops made from all natural ingredients. They come in all of the traditional flavors, as well as a few oddballs: tequila sunrise, vanilla birthday remix, and Lexy's pink lemonade to name a few.
The Baker's Rack's talented band of bakers and chefs elicit grins and excitement from guests of all ages while helping them to craft tasty recipes. A brief safety and rules review precedes an overview of basic equipment and recipes before stripling chefs taste each ingredient like a gingerbread man sorting his clean and dirty laundry. In between cooking steps, children engage in jubilant activities such as dancing, games, and fun-filled icebreakers. Past workshops have covered kid-friendly culinary favorites such as pizza, caramel, and teatime. A private cooking party for four children follows the same engaging curriculum in a more intimate atmosphere; adult parties fire up easily replicated recipes that reach far beyond the limits of Hot Pockets and upside-down Hot Pockets, spinning new dishes to suit a range of tastes. At the conclusion of both the class and the party, guests get to take home their completed culinary marvels.