Drawing inspiration from local craft beers, the bakers at Brewcakes combine those same suds with local ingredients to handcraft alcohol-infused cupcakes with flavors that rotate monthly. Boozy creations include the stout beer base, whiskey, and Bailey’s frosting blend of the Irish Cake Bomb, as well as the chocolate-porter base and chipotle-chocolate frosting of the aptly named Chipotle Porter.
Beyond cupcakes, spirits find their way into other offerings—such as the Black & White Russian, an espresso-chocolate brownie topped with Kahlua-spiked chocolate cream, and the beer-braised beef that fills panini-style short-rib sliders at Brewcakes' café. In addition to alcohol-infused eats, café diners can also enjoy plenty of alcohol-free treats, such as veggie flatbreads, hot- and iced-coffee drinks, or water served in shot glasses.
The work done by We-B-Poppin Kettle Corn’s husband-and-wife owners goes beyond the kitchen: they funnel proceeds from their snacks into a non-profit corporation, which works to raise money for children’s charities, local law enforcement agencies, and veterans’ charities. They pop batches of mushroom-style corn—extra-large kernels that makes extra-large popcorn—and top it with all-natural ingredients to create flavors such as white cheddar, bacon and cheese, and pizza. Of course, they still serve traditional kettle corn, which is prepared with both salt and a sweetener for a savory-yet-sugary taste.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
When owners Chris and Scott Snibbe opened Sweets 'n Stuff, they didn't going for the traditional bakery setup. They opted to go for something more familiar—grandma's kitchen. To that end, they filled the front end of the shop with vintage knick knacks, family-style dinner tables, and loveably crazy uncles who never moved out of the basement. In the back, they bake up classic grandma-style goodies, including fresh-from-oven cinnamon rolls, muffins, and pies. They also handcraft their own peanut butter cups, almond clusters, and fudge.
Just like grandma, Chris and Scott don't hog all their secrets—they hold candy-making lessons in their large classroom. Their Grandma-like generosity doesn't end there, since they also offer complimentary tea and coffee, as well as free Wi-Fi for visitors who want to revel in the homey vibe.
Ooey-gooey frosting spills into every nook and cranny of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven at The Village Green Bakery and Cafe. Yet they're merely a prelude to other sweet and savory baked goods, including pies, cookies, and scones—some of which are even gluten-free. Round out meals with cups of rich, steaming coffee, mouthwatering fruit smoothies, fresh-pressed paninis, or made-to-order sandwiches, then kick back with a good book—the cozy eatery's shelves are full of them.
If its bright-orange accent wall and abundant sunlight don't adequately awaken visitors, Berrybean Café's staff will—the knowledgeable baristas and cooks take pride in their ability to recommend the espresso drink, fresh salad, or made-to-order panini a guest is unwittingly craving. Baristas concoct a full menu of iced, blended, and hot beverages with Lavazza coffee, as well as create new caffeine cocktails on the fly for adventurous customers. To put coffee vigor to good use, the shop also invites guests to mouth-trumpet Sousa tunes on open-mic nights.