At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.
The pastry chefs at Auntie Em's Fine Foods & Pastries bake trays of fluffy cupped creations in flavors both familiar and inspired by Filipino traditions. Cupcake-cravers pick one flavor for their dozen from the menu, with such selections as carrot cake, chocolate ganache, and red velvet, the latter named for its improvisational use as a fabric swatch. Favored tastes from the Philippines include ube cupcakes—lent a vibrant purple color by a type of yam—and buko pandan, which are infused with coconut and pandan essence. Customers must phone in or skywrite their orders at least 24 hours in advance.
After frequenting Preston's Candy as a loyal customer for over 15 years, Irene Preston was given the opportunity to take over the business in 1997 and delve into the candy business. Although not related to the Preston family, Irene brought a deep commitment to preserving original recipes and techniques, while bringing her own inspirations to the table, such as fruit-infused creations. Artisan confectioners follow the original recipes, and craft candies on workhorse antique equipment. Their sweets have even wooed international taste buds, winning the Grand Champion Medallion of the International Truffle Competition three years in a row.
In addition to chocolates, the confectioners craft traditional favorites, such as peanut brittle, homemade Rocky Road chocolate with artisanal marshmallows and fresh walnuts, peppermint bark, and chocolate-covered honeycomb stolen from snoozing bees. In addition to filling their own candy shop and kitchen, the confections fill the digital shelves of their online store.
Real butter, fresh whole milk, flour, eggs, and pure vanilla. Each morning these fine ingredients are blended by hand in mixing bowls before being transformed into delectable cupcakes, cookies, pies, and empanadas. It's all part of Pacificakes Bake Shop daily commitment to fresh ingredients. That commitment leads to 25 exquisite cupcake flavors the likes of PB&J, french toast, and chocolate mocha. Cookies such as shortbread come in themed shapes, and pies are packed with fresh fruits such as strawberries and cranberries. Since they enjoy making these treats, they let kids in on the fun with baking classes and birthday decorating parties.
All-natural ingredients and fresh fruits abound at Mazzetti’s Bakery, where pastry chefs concoct freshly baked pies on a daily basis. Crisp, golden crust ensconces any number of fresh fillings—including cherry, peach, pumpkin, and boysenberry—that emit coiling cartoon aromas designed to lure reclusive neighbors and the bear that played Gentle Ben. Though today’s Groupon only involves pies, Mazzetti’s also targets sweet teeth with custom cakes and holiday-themed desserts and aims to silence trilling tummies with savory slices of fresh Italian–style focaccia.