Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
A host of warm, cinnamon-infused baked goods spring into mouths after crossing the counter at Cinnabon, including the cream-cheese-frosted Classic Roll and its diminutive cousin, the Minibon. Offerings range from bite-sized Center of the Roll morsels to gargantuan Caramel Pecanbons.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt's staff prepares self-serve yogurt in a choice of tart or creamy flavors that complement a vast selection of fruit, nut, and candy toppings. The shop encourages democratic principles by allowing each patron to create their own delectable masterpiece without having to smudge self-portraits onto fruit roll-ups. The rotating roster of cold treats has included kiwi, peach, and red velvet, and the probiotic-filled yogurts offer a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream. Tutti Frutti, like an airline, maintains an international presence, only serves peanuts to augment the enjoyment of its primary service, and offers outdoor seating.
What’s Your Flavor curates classic American concession-style treats filling cups with syrupy shaved ice, sprinkle-topped ice cream, and a range of chips smothered in nacho cheese. Like Dr. Jekyll’s online dating profile, the menu features two distinct personalities. One half emphasizes frosty options such as smoothies and banana splits, and the other focuses on hot nachos and plates of spicy Cheetos topped with melted cheese. Alongside these nostalgic treats, the shop also sells a range of grownup salads and sandwiches.
Cosmic Cakery's owner, Brittney, believes that baking is just as valid an art form as painting or sculpture (in fact, it seems to borrow heavily from both). One look at Brittney's custom cakes will make you inclined to agree. Her edible creations have included a purple boom box, a cake shaped like Legos, and another cake topped with a pair of artfully crafted roller skates. But the taste is what matters most, and Cosmic Cakery certainly delivers on that front with everything from marshmallow fondant to peanut-butter cup cake pops.
With 45 locations, the aromas of hot soup and freshly baked bread greet customers across the nation as they approach Souper Salad's overflowing display of crisp salad greens and freshly prepared hot selections. Menus for the buffet change daily, but can include albóndigas soup, Tuna Skroodle pasta salad, A-MAIZE-ing cornbread, and other dishes. Dine-in guests are free to fill their bowls with their favorite soups and chilis, build their own salads from a plethora of crispy greens and tangy dressings, and see how much soft-serve ice cream they can pile atop a single cone. Patrons can also make a visit to the taco bar or flatbread pizza zone, and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.