The straws are wide by design at Bubble Tea Cafe, where the staff cooks chewy balls of tapioca daily to plunk into their customers' cups. These "bobas" add an interactive element to the Taiwanese beverages. Available in more than 40 flavors, including blueberry, avocado, spiced chai, and peanut butter, the frosty drinks comprise the bulk of the cafe's menu, but share space with hot and iced tea variants such as mojito mint-lime. Guests can even mix their bubble tea types to create creamy combinations—the Bananas Foster mixes banana and caramel, whereas the Boba Loca blends honeydew and almond—and pair their personalized sips with one of many rotating desserts.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh fruitified Italian ice ($2.09–$2.99) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including mango, strawberry, cotton candy, hot chocolate, Swedish Fish, cookies and cream, and cherry. Rita's also scoops up old-fashioned custard ($2.49–$3.49), a robust dish that involves a different freezing process than ice cream, boasts a creamier texture, and is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Gelati ($3.49–$3.99) layers the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of old-fashioned, frozen custard, and an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.99–$4.29) and fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49) round out Rita's smorgasbord of snacks that double as deliciously soothing topical treatments for chicken pox.
For over thirty years, Great American Cookies has been sharing a generations-old family chocolate chip cookie recipe with the crumb-hungry masses. Each 16" round cookie cake serves 8–16 people and is baked fresh before being hand decorated by a talented cookie artist to match any holiday or special occasion, with a design made of rich, creamy frosting. Garner inspiration from the more than 30 categories of cookie cake designs posted on the company's website, or have an original designer dessert crafted to your specifications, ready to make a dessert-table appearance at a themed event, or to be framed and admired alongside your cherished Jacques-Louis David portrait of a napoleon crossing the alps.
Though The Dough Factory manufactures only one flavor of mini donut, it doesn’t fail to give customers choices. The breakfast haven—opened in 1982—allows clients to pick out their desired dipping flavors and toppings from the sweet, fruity, and nutty options, which can also be drizzled on top to create the shop’s signature doughlites. The team fries made-to-order batches of a single dozen or buckets brimming with three dozen sizzling donuts, and it does so with vegetable oil and non-trans-fat oils. The staff also serves smoothies, parfaits, and slushies to cool down mouths faster than puréed ice pack
Freshly baked, made-from-scratch desserts fill the display cases at Sweet Cake House, which serves up pastries, pies, specialty cakes, and other assorted delicacies. Brownies, eclairs, and tiramisu provide an excuse for everyday indulgences or serve as a peace offering for the neighbor whose garbage cans you've been using. Alternatively, a host of custom cakes breathe life into birthdays and other special occasions. The bakery shares space with a café that serves gourmet salads, hearty sandwiches, and breakfast food.
The scrumptious baked goods at Cinnabon provide a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on a variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with an indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the store's Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($12.99). Grab a sweet-tasting cinnamon snack to cap off a day of shopping for luxury handbags or nuclear-powered Russian submarines with today’s Groupon to Cinnabon.