As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab Creamery uses high-quality ingredients and makes all of its treats and waffle cones on-site to percolate palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. Customize ice cream creations by choosing one of Marble Slab's original ice-cream flavors, which include cheesecake, birthday cake, banana, butter pecan, and double dark chocolate (flavors vary by location). Then, one of the expert mixers will gently incorporate your choice of candy, nuts, fruit, or enthusiasm into the ice cream before placing the freshly kneaded delight into a cup or freshly baked waffle cone.
Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.59) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Picnic Punch, a sherbet swirl of tantalizing watermelon and green apple flavors in a bright-pink and green twirl. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes.
Yogi's Yogurt Bar whips up healthy alternative snacks for Nashville-area dessert devotees. Forty rotating flavors of probiotic-rich frozen yogurt ($0.46 per ounce) and more than 50 tempting toppings lead to a perfectly finite, but practically endless, number of cup combinations. Freshly chopped each day, fruit mixers—including kiwi, blackberries, strawberries, and bananas—only aid in helping Yogi's exceed the National Yogurt Association's national health standards; kosher, sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free, and hamburger-free varieties are available to satisfy all manners of customer requests.
It's early—the sun has yet to appear, and the roosters still need to warm up their crowing voices—but there's a glow radiating from the kitchen at Fox's Donut Den. For more than 30 years, the cafe's cooks have risen in the lightless hours of the a.m. to pack a glass-front case with trays of freshly glazed yeast donuts, fruit-filled kolacky, and steamy rolls. After sating the morning rush, crews continue on throughout the day, brewing fresh batches of coffee to the delight of midday visitors or evening regulars who have a story for every donut they've ever eaten.
Buzzy's Candy Store, a student-run treat shop at Belmont University, lures sweet teeth with a scrumptious array of classic candies ($2.49 for 1/4 lb. of most scoopable items). Candy cravers can assemble a colorful assortment of Jelly Belly jellybeans for a midafternoon snack or use jumbo peanut-butter cups as spare tires for broken-down clown cars. Chocolate-covered cookie dough requires no baking, making it an ideal impromptu gift and passive-aggressive statement to recalcitrant ovens. Cola-bottle candies arrive mouthside in a blue-raspberry flavor, and gummy butterflies flutter toward lunchboxes.