Each Dolce Vita Gelato Cafe honors the dessert's Italian ancestry with an authentic recipe and a repertoire of 42 kosher-friendly flavors. Best-selling classics include real-bean vanilla and Belgian–style chocolate, as well as fresh, fruit-hoarding varieties such as strawberry, mango, and lemon; trailblazing palates may prefer foreign tastes such as the dulce de leche or chocolate Ferrero Rocher. Because Dolce Vita's gelato contains only 8% butterfat, the sweet, silky treats make a perfect snack option for those watching their waistline or those who typically enjoy their dessert with a side of bacon. Wrap hands around a small cup or sugar cone ($3.75–$5) or a large cup or waffle cone ($6.50 each) to get a taste of a spoon-optional sustenance that drives ice cream to shame and popsicles back to their former careers as extremely perishable traffic batons . Gelato prices may vary among store locations.
The Sweet Tooth's team of confection connoisseurs has inspired cocoa-coated grins for more than 28 years. All of the shop's exquisite edibles are handcrafted by couture-driven dessert designers, and consist of only high-quality, kosher ingredients. Pre-made gift baskets ($26–$150) range in size and contents, but typically include treats such as chocolate-covered pretzels and fruit, cookies, brownies, truffles, and rugelach. Customers can also customize baskets by theme or for a special event, or peruse pre-themed bundles for upcoming holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Crowd Around Blimps as They Land Day. Individual treats include caramel apples ($6.50+), truffles ($33/lb.), and chocolate-covered pretzels and marshmallows ($1.25–$2.50).
The North Miami Beach Italian-ice and bubble-tea shop specializes in frosty cold treats to cool summer-warmed bodies. The chilly-treat experts offer more than 30 flavors of their signature bubble teas ($4.25)—fresh-brewed iced tea with small tapioca pearls at the bottom of each cup, served with a thick straw for sucking up the gummy-esque spheres. The creamy and mostly fat-free tea is made from fresh fruit and milk and comes in fruity flavors such as pomegranate and passion fruit, as well as latte-inspired brews such as the caffe latte and caramel rooibos. If tea isn’t your treat of choice, opt for a refreshing Italian ice ($2.99 and up) and dine on one of nearly 60 flavors in two iced styles. The fat-free and dairy-free water ice pleases with flavors such as rootbeer and cotton candy, and low-fat cream ices such as bananas foster, cannoli, and chocolate peanut butter will satisfy dairy-deprived palates. With nine no-sugar-added and sugar-free options, the Italian-ice treats are sweet options for sugar strikers and diabetics.
On a trip to Georgia after giving birth to her third child, Desiree Polazzo had her first taste of a bite-sized orb of cake that—despite her strict dieting to get back into pre-baby shape—had her hooked. Awed by the decadent treat, Desiree returned home to Florida and headed straight for her kitchen to experiment with a recipe of her own. She finally architected a dulcet, velvety cake pop that recaptured the excitement of that first Georgia pop, she opened Cake Pop-It to share her discovery with the community’s sweet teeth.
In the years since, Desiree has let her creativity take the reigns of her confection-crafting process, decorating each pop with a whimsical design or turning it into an edible character replete with a smiling face and a mysterious past. Cake Pop-It’s staff of bakers also forges other sugary nibbles including custom cakes and cupcakes with inventive flavors such as salted caramel, key-lime pie, and crumb cake.
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and other flavor options including georgia mud fudge blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($2.29+). The peanut buster parfait slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight ($3.39+). This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies and fruit drinks to create a sweet treat superpower.
Cake Creations owner and master pastry chef Yami Fernandez-Rubio whips up made-to-order cupcakes in a variety of gourmet flavors from the confines of her family-owned-and-operated bakery. Choose up to two of the different flavor combinations to make up your dozen, including best sellers such as red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, as rich and smooth as a pile of gold in a silk smoking jacket, or guava cake with guava cream-cheese frosting. Traditionalists will enjoy six vanilla-bean cakes with sweet vanilla buttercream paired with six chocolate cakes topped with bitter chocolate frosting, both of whose incompatible personalities make them no less delicious. Take advantage of the seasonally available pumpkin-spice cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, which will return to live in hibernation with the Great Pumpkin once the first frost settles on the land.