Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings such as crumbled cookies, chopped nuts, apple pie filling, and gummi bears. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Oreo filling and chocolate dipped strawberry. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, sprinkles, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet, sundaes, and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and cinnamon. Ice-cream creations run between $1.99 and $5.99, depending on size.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft-serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Espresso Pit Stop Girls' baristas brew a menu of hot and iced beverages using South American coffee beans and Italian espresso inside a colorful, 1950s-themed café and drive-thru. Caffeinate with 10 12-ounce or 16-ounce hot Checkered Flag coffees (up to an $18.50 value), iced javas (up to a $24 value), or, like blocks of ice wrapped in blankets, a combination of hot and cold. Infuse percolated sippables with a shot of vanilla or peppermint flavor ($0.50 extra) to make them match the vibrancy emanating from the store’s bright-pink walls, checkered tile floor, and shiny metallic counter. In addition to brewed thirst quenchers, Espresso Pit Stop Girls blends espresso-based drinks, such as lattes and mochas, and crafts fresh, homemade pastries and sandwiches.
Whether you lack teeth, time, or a taste for chewing your fruit, Smoothie Creations can whip you up a drinkable feast that'll help keep scurvy at bay while working out the cheek muscles necessary for blowing powerful raspberries. To concoct a sturdy smoothie, start with a foundation of either ice cubes, low-fat yogurt, or soy milk. From there, the creative control rests in your hands, mind, and panting tongue. Elect a preconceived potion such as a Pineorange Pleaser, combining pineapples and bananas with a collision of orange and pineapple nectars, or opt for a Mo Chafee fusion of house coffee and decadent chocolate to attack the day with the fury of a gentle, focused tornado. In the event that your desires require an undiscovered pairing, the friendly smoothie sorcerers at Smoothie Creations will gladly mix a custom creation from available materials.
Fresh fruit is all well and good, but it doesn't play to most Americans' lazy stance on chewing. Today's Groupon turns healthy fruit into healthy-smooth smoothies: for $6, you get $10 worth of fruit-based libations and nutritious foods at Robeks in North Olmsted. Juice smoothies are an excellent tool for healthy lifestyles and are a delicious strategy for getting your daily fruits and veggies that doesn't involve pretending to be a Nigerian prince with a surplus of money and a surfeit of bananas.
Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.