It was a fateful day that Campus Candy founder Mark Tarnofsky dropped his daughter off at Indiana University about four years ago. On a mission to track down a simple candy bar, the dutiful dad found himself roaming far afield until he finally landed at a distant drugstore. Convinced that college kids want candy within constant reach, Tarnofsky started his first store right there, and soon expanded to the schools in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. Each outlet sells more than 500 different types of candy, all of which may be repurposed as toppings on a rotating menu of frozen yogurt. By slinging bulk candy at a fixed price, Campus Candy stores make it easy for college kids to load up on diverse desserts without filling their schedules with bonbon-making classes.
As a neighborhood ice cream shop since 1933, The Chocolate Moose sees itself as the repository of B-Town's memories. Post-game celebrations, first dates, and memories of being dared to eat 12 ice cream cones in a row are tied up in this nostalgia-imbued confectionery. Of course, nostalgia alone isn't enough to keep the visitors coming back every year. The ice cream, crafted in-house from a 15% butterfat mix, creamily melts into hot fudge sundaes and slowly dissolves in root beer floats. Flavors of marshmallow, cream de menthe, and butter pecan swirl into smooth milk shakes. Beyond its ice cream desserts, however, The Chocolate Moose prepares food such as Spanish burgers baked in tomato sauce and hot dogs in Coney sauce.
Whether with a Super Mario Kart–themed birthday cake, a holiday cake shaped like a pile of wrapped gifts, or cupcakes with perfectly swirled buttercream frosting, the bakers at Let Them Eat Cake turn dessert into edible works of art. They create personalized designs for cupcakes and cakes to suit any occasion, such as weddings, holidays, or birthday parties. They also ship cakes to customers outside of the area, ensuring their safety with layers of bubble packaging, plastic wrap, and a bodyguard who rides along inside the box.
Black and red patio umbrellas flutter in the wind in Down River Bar & Grill’s enclosed beer garden as staffers ferry foam-topped brews, burgers, pizzas, and other classic American pub fare to each table. Inside, bartenders shake cocktails and pour brews behind the mirror-paneled bar, which reflects patrons as they dance, toast, and practice épée with cocktail swords beneath strings of twinkling lights every day of the week. Live music performances, occasionally with accompanying light shows, join pool tournaments, Wednesday-night karaoke, and special events such as the Down River Bar & Grill Idol singing competition on the eatery’s entertainment roster. The grill also hosts benefits for veterans’ groups, relief funds, and other local causes.
Alongside a café and wine bar, a bed and breakfast, and a wholesale producer, a bakery might be eclipsed. But it isn't the case for Scholars Inn Bakehouse, one of the myriad parcels of Scholars Inn. The bakery produces daily fresh-baked breads made entirely from scratch and formed by hand, earning praise from several publications, including a guest spot on the cover of Modern Baking magazine. Fragrant breads hewn from all-natural ingredients emerge from European stone-hearth ovens, ready to complement the café menu, sit alongside granolas and bagels, or fill in as backup footballs.
Great Harvest Bread Co.'s expert bakers specialize in mixing together tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads crafted from scratch daily with freshly milled whole-wheat flour. Like a child's favorite stock picks, Great Harvest Bread Co.'s bread selection changes each day of the week and can include luscious loaves of honey whole wheat and Dakota bread—a baked bundle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and millet. The shelves also regularly stock gluten-free and high-fiber varieties. Deli sandwiches ($5.75–$6.75 for a whole, $3.00–$3.50 for a half) range from smoked turkey and pepper jack stacks to the Tuscan chicken, which piles a grilled chicken breast with aged provolone, red onions, and sun-dried tomato pesto. For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest Bread Co. bakes scones, muffins, and cookies.