Vanilla Bean Bakery?s ovens constantly churn out moist cupcakes, cakes, and cookies in a lengthy roster of flavors. Once the treats are cool, the bakery?s frosting artists decorate them using glaze, frosting, and fondant. With two to three days' notice, the team can create custom cakes to celebrate anything from baby showers to tax-filing day. Cupcakes come in luscious flavors such as red velvet, lemon, coconut, and peanut-butter cup. The bakery?s gallery of custom cupcakes showcases its decorators' diverse repertoire. They adorn dozens with prom proposals and fondant ghosts. In addition, bouquets of cake pops in flavors ranging from pink champagne to butter pecan brighten up parties, or patrons can opt for stickless arrays of cake truffles instead.
From the thick golden crusts of his Chicago-style pizzas to the hand-pounded cuts of pork on his tenderloin sandwiches, chef and owner Michael Kotarski, who co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Katie, caters to hearty appetites. Strapping plates can be found throughout the menu, including triple-decker BLTs layered between sourdough. The kitchen turns out dessert orders from scratch that feature bread pudding, white chocolate raspberry bars, and salted caramel bars.
Because you can't ride a tandem bike alone, today's Groupon is your chance to make it up to your valentine for buying her a pair of sweatpants and a used copy of The Kite Runner last year. For $5, you get $15 worth of decadent chocolate creams, meltaways, fudges, and more at The South Bend Chocolate Company. Located on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indy, the Chocolate Café offers chocolates by the pound, sweet crunchy popcorn, and indulgent truffles and cordials. If your sweet tooth gets tired and cranky, drop into the scrumptious cafe for grilled sandwiches and warm soups for lunch or dinner.
The Ritter's menu features a cast of six rotating daily custard flavors, including everything from fruit-based favorites such as cherry cordial and fresh banana to candy-inspired creations such as caramel Snickers swirl. Order a cone of the flavor du jour ($2.39 and up), or opt for a signature Glacier ($3.29 and up)—Ritter's frozen custard integrated with your topping of choice and served upside down to alter your already delicate perception of reality and emphasize the cream's graceful, thick aspect. If a bountiful list of toppings dizzies your decision-making nodule, submit your fate to the friendly ice-cream slingers and opt for a pre-designed signature sundae ($4.19) such as the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup–filled, whipped-cream-topped Peanut Butter Mountain, which has long kept roguish bands of dessert invaders at bay by sticking to the roofs of their mouths.
Squeeze is focused on hunting down the freshest ingredients from the untamed ingredient jungle and squishing them together, resulting in a menu that roars with nutritious and friendly life. Smoothies are made with 100% juice and fruit and have no sugar added. Choose from a variety of favorite flavor combinations in three sizes: the Rookie ($3.65 for 16 ounces), the Original ($4.45 for 24 ounces), and the Big Squeeze ($5.35 for 32 ounces). Slurp classily on classics such as a strawberry-banana-frozen-yogurt blend or a summery bouquet of watermelon juice, strawberries, bananas, and orange sherbet. "Exotic" smoothie combos cost about a dollar extra, giving customers super-vivifying body-electric choices including açai berry and Matcha green-tea blends.