Maurie’s forges edible chocolate masterpieces with gourmet ingredients from Ghana, Guatemala, and other faraway lands along with local organic creameries. In accordance with a carefully guarded family recipe, each succulent morsel is designed to delight the eyeballs and smack tasters with the full force of spice-, fruit-, and nut-empowered chocolate. The Spring Fling box fills mouths with cocoa-based delicacies such as dark-chocolate truffles with balsamic or lemon-cardamom infusions, local cranberries clothed in chocolate, or chocolate-covered almonds (warning: contains almonds).
Fit 2 Eat’s quaint, 13-seat dining area creates a homey, wood-adorned atmosphere that accommodates both friendly chats and romantic arm-wrestling competitions. In addition to low-fat, reduced-sodium meals, Fit 2 Eat bakes a bevy of seasonal treats, including fruitcake for Christmas, macaroon fudge bars for Passover, and fresh challah bread every Friday.
Dr. Tom Aldridge helms Odana Hills Dental’s friendly team of hygienists and dental assistants, who tend to grins within the comforts of a newly renovated, full-service dental practice equipped with advanced technology. Comfortable treatment rooms—each furnished with a television, modern lighting fixtures, and rich hardwood accents—keep patients comfortable as the staff performs services that range from routine cleanings to delicate root-canal therapy. Digital x-rays and intraoral photography assist the staff’s keen eyes as they scan mouths for cavities or abnormal alignment. Cosmetic enhancements include thin veneers to cover up chips and teeth whitening, which works to put each tooth closer to its dream of growing up to be a pearl.
Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters Café achieved a milestone in 2007. In only 365 days, their staff roasted more than one million pounds of coffee beans, or the equivalent of roughly 10 million last-minute term papers. And they continue to rack up impressive numbers on a daily basis. They consistently roast more than 100 types of singe-origin, blends, and Fair Trade-certified beans from across the world, and for some batches, they add more than 40 specialty flavors, including mint, chocolate, and cinnamon.
Some of these freshly roasted beans travel to retailers throughout the midwest, though much of the coffee stays on-site to the delight of local patrons. At the cafe, baristas serve food and pour countless cups of Berres Brothers' most popular flavor, Highlander Grogg: an indulgent blend of caramel, butterscotch, and hazelnut. Additionally, their retail shop brims with the aromas of Berres Brothers' full selection, as well as coffee gear such as grinders and french presses.
Dozens of local products and cheeses populate the comfortable confines at the Wisconsin Cheese & Wine Chalet, where a knowledgeable staff greets guests with friendly grace. Catch the breeze on the outdoor patio, or sample from the wine selection as the team prepares its signature Wisconsin Cheese & Sausage 18-inch tray, a massive mound of meats and cheese perfect for sating starving Labor Day revelers. The platter arrives stacked with one pound each of mild cheddar, colby jack, and pepper jack cheeses from the Wisconsin Cheese Company. The array of summer sausages includes 12 tasty ounces of the Wisconsin Sausage Company's original, garlic, and cranberry summer sausages, each crafted from 100% Angus beef.
The Waldvogel family has been planting pumpkins without incident each fall for the past 25 years. This year, however, something peculiar happened. Their 10-acre pumpkin patch yielded pink pumpkins. Before you blame the supernatural or last spring's pink-lemonade spill, know that the Waldvogels grew the pumpkins to promote awareness of breast cancer and raise money for breast-cancer research.
Once you've taken the complimentary hayride out to the pumpkin patch and picked a pumpkin—pink or orange—there's still plenty to do around the farm. Youngsters can sample the 16 attractions, including a 6-acre corn maze, a train ride, and a miniature golf course. Older visitors can browse the market's squash and jams, the bakery's apple pies, and the apple kitchen's fixings for creating your own caramel apple.