The synergistic Scoops Ice Cream and Coffee features ice-cold treats to cool down mouths after sips of hot drinks, as well as coffee to warm up tongues and prevent brain freeze after licks of chilly ice cream. Customers can choose from 32 flavors of ice cream, gelato, and italian ice, and cool off during a hot summer's day when the sun seems close enough to light a birthday candle with. Scoops' coffees run the gamut from hot cups of joe to specialty drinks.
Before teaming up in 1953, Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins were seasoned business owners with their own ice-cream shops. The words “unusual varieties” shone high above each shop, signaling their respective owners’ passion for anything but an ordinary dessert experience. When the two got together, it was natural that they’d adopt the theme of “31 flavors,” one for each day of the month. Since then, Baskin Robbins has introduced more than 1,000 flavors and opened shops with more than 5,800 franchise owners worldwide. Even their little pink tasting spoon has become a staple as a way to make flavor browsing an event by allowing guests to try specialties without paying cash or chicken-based trade for the privilege.
When childhood friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz decided to open a bakery, they took the time to get it right. After six months of recipe testing, the two revealed a bundt-cake recipe with the richness of real butter and a taste lauded by Food and Wine, celebrity diners, and marksmen tired of destroying perfectly good crêpes at target practice. At each of the store’s locations across 12 states, bakers whip up fresh bundt cakes every day in variations ranging from bite-sized to 10-inch rounds. Cakes can be artfully customized for occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, or corporate events.
Smoothies have long been considered the healthier cousins of their milkshake kinsmen. However, even though they typically contain fruit, they’re often filled with things that aren’t good for you. The beverage experts at Smoothie Factory don’t fall into this trap. Their more than 30 smoothie combinations configure fresh fruits such as peach, blueberry, and strawberry with nutritional boosts that include dietary fibers, amino acids, and antioxidants. They also whip up a handful of drinks made especially for kids, and devise athlete-friendly super-smoothies containing bonus protein shots and weight-gain formula.
Fruity Yogurt beckons to dessert-minded mouths with a menu of smooth fro-yo forged from fresh ingredients and peppered with dozens of fruit and candy toppings. As patrons enter the eatery's self-serve setup, a collection of 12 flavors assembles in front of them like velvety Von Trapp children, serenading sweet teeth with the flavors of all-natural pistachio, kiwi, piña colada, and chocolate raspberry. Treat-seekers can nosh on scoops topped with granola, green-apple jelly, and coconut flakes as they enjoy free WiFi, cable TV, and a variety of inedible board games.
Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shop offers a variety of frozen confections, from milkshakes to large ice-cream cups and cones, hot-fudge sundaes, and signature pints. Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more.