Marble Slab Creamery has used its cold-marble technique to fashion gourmet ice cream and frozen treats fresh in-store since 1983. At 541 locations across the world, customers look on admiringly as expert marble mavens take fresh flavors—including distinctive varieties such as peanut-butter banana, European-chocolate rum, and the pineapple-tinged piña colada—and blend in any of more than two dozen mix-in ingredients such as name-brand candies or fresh fruit atop a frozen marble slab. They then stick the concoction onto a bowl or one of the fresh waffle cones that staffers bake in-store every day. Marble Slab's confections also include ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and dessert pizzas bedecked with sweet-cream ice cream and flavorful toppings.
Sweets Galore's cone-topping confectioners scoop and slice helpings of velvety Ashby's products into myriad ice creams, cakes, and drinkable treats. Surprising scoops ($1.95+) such as cherry-lemon cake and country-apple pie cozy up to palates and await chances to share a cone ($1.95 per scoop, up to $5.95 for five scoops) or comingle in a thick, blended milkshake ($4).
Husband and wife Angel and James are Partners in Cake. Angel takes care of the baking, while James takes care of the decorating and crafting scenes with fondant and gum paste. Completely self-taught, Angel accumulated a wealth of skills while studying under her mother in the kitchen. James, the master sculptor, draws inspiration from his days as a childhood Play-Doh aficionado. Friends encouraged the two to practice their pastry hobby fulltime, and when their creative forces meet, the two craft custom cakes for all occasions, including weddings and graduations. Their creations include edible 3D renditions of intergalactic robot R2D2, the Statue of Liberty, and Michael Jordan's shoe from Space Jam, which was easier to recreate than his heart of gold. At the heart of each creation are pillowy layers of cake in flavors such as red velvet, banana, and lemon zest, with fillings such as cream cheese, coconut cream, and lemon curd.
The eponymous owner of Jenny’s Bakery has been crafting carefully sugared confections for more than 20 years. Thumbprint cookies ($7/dozen) offer evidence of who stole the cookies from the cookie jar, though sugary scones ($2 each) and muffins ($1.50 each) crumble when quizzed over the case. Alternately, gather a litter of cake's spherical offspring with a dozen poppable cake balls ($10), or get a forceful sugar-kick from feisty petits fours ($2.50 each) and shortbread cookies ($2.75 each) whose sizeable flavor belies their unassuming names.
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 soymilk, 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.