Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its superpremium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as irish cream and butter pecan. Each serving generously welcomes dozens of mix-in toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola, black licorice, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets ($2.50–$4.50 for ice cream with one mix-in). Indecision and premature brain freezes are averted by Cold Stone Creamery's chill artisans, who sling a litany of signature sundae creations ($4.50–$5.00), such as the Birthday Cake Remix, which spins two turntables of birthday-cake ice cream layered with tracks of brownies, fudge, and sprinkles. The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
At ice cream dispensaries across the country, Ben & Jerry's staff members scoop up heavenly bites of Vermont's most famous treats. Whether gracing cups or cones, flavors including the banana-based Chunky Monkey and Phish Food—chocolate ice cream swirled with caramel, marshmallow, and fish-shaped pieces of fudge—bring chilly smiles to customers' faces. The shops have also added mango and lemon sorbets to their menu, as well as frozen greek yogurt.
Since its founding in 1998, The Australian Pie Company has equipped Seattle eaters with Australian products and piping-hot pastry pies stuffed with hearty ingredients. 2, 5, and 9 inch pies satisfies hungers and occasions of all sizes, with many beef and chicken varieties, some with vegetables others with cheese inside each pie. The Australian Pie Company also stocks its shelves with national products such as Vegemite, Arnott's biscuits, and Billy Tea, valuable when channeling one’s muse to pen a spec script for a Crocodile Dundee sequel. The pie company caters parties and anti-cake conventions with 2-inch pies by the dozen, and also supplies its products to four other area retailers.