The crew at Spirels understands that eating dessert is meant to be fun, so they enable patrons to follow their whimsy and build their own desserts from whatever catches their eye. With that approach, they encourage patrons to first step up to self-serve frozen yogurt machines and fill their cups from a rotating lineup of flavors that includes pumpkin delight. Then, they can slide over to the toppings bar, where bins filled with fresh fruit, brownie bits, and gummi bears sit beside bottles of Ghirardelli and Hershey’s sauces. Desserts are priced by weight, so customers can experiment with mixing as many flavors and toppings as they’d like while controlling the price they pay.
The 50 flavors of frozen yogurt at Yumz are packed with bold flavors and healthful probiotics. They are also made with fat-free, natural ingredients, yielding healthful treats that mimic sensations ranging from biting into a slice of watermelon to eating the huge red velvet cake that toppled onto your legs and trapped you in the kitchen. The selection of more than 70 toppings includes strawberries, brownies, Snickers, cheesecake bites, and Oreos, and patrons can also build their own combinations for the world to see with an online platform.
Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
When Forever Yogurt claims that it has “literally trillions of possibilities” for combining frozen-yogurt flavors and toppings, it is literally not kidding. At each location, some 16 flavors and 40 toppings challenge self-serve artists to twirl, sprinkle, and festoon cups of fro-yo to their own taste buds' content. Frozen masterpieces can accommodate preferences for low-fat, nonfat, nondairy, and no-sugar-added diets, as well as daily food-pyramid requirements for fresh blueberries, kiwi, and caramel-turtle cups.
On the bank of the Fox River sits Dolce Bakery & Cafe, a family-owned sanctuary of sweetness specializing in Italian pastries and desserts. Here, the tiramisu cake is soaked in coffee, filled with a creamy mousse, and surrounded by succulent ladyfingers. The profiterole, a classic Italian delicacy, is a tower of hazelnut cream puffs, topped with chocolate shavings and garnished with whipped cream and cherry buttons. Dolce also whips up soft, moist cupcakes slathered in a made-from-scratch buttercream frosting, and a host of cookies including macaroons, amaretti, and lemon taralli. On the savory side of things, Dolce's chefs prepare light Italian cafe fare such as paninis, flatbread pizza, and pasta.