Ali's Sweet Treats bakes and decorates photo-emblazoned cookies customizable for any occasion. After customers send one high-resolution photo file via email or holographic carrier pigeon, Ali's army of confectionary connoisseurs turn the image into edibles baked with real vanilla and pure butter with no trans fat. Choose to overlay a baby photo, hand-drawn design, or mug shot of Cookie Monster onto 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch round cookies, or 3.5-inch rectangular cookies. Each order is then packaged in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a colorful satin ribbon. Any design can be cropped to the customer's specification, and patrons may choose to add up to three wise words of wisdom to the design for no additional cost.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($3.73–$5.61) or blend into shakes ($6.38) and smoothies ($6.38) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.38). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($4.73-$7.12), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($6.38), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
With a rotating selection of seven to eight delectable cupcake flavors offered daily, Clarabelle’s Cupcakes offers a bevy of tastes with today's deal. Choose from a surprise six-pack of the day's cupcakes or make a six-pack from vanilla with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with chocolate buttercream, red velvet with signature non-dairy cream cheese frosting, vanilla chip with chocolate buttercream, chocolate chip cookie dough with vanilla buttercream, chocolate with fluffy cream filling and ganache topping, chocolate with vanilla buttercream, or lemon with tangy lemon frosting. Romantics can capture the hearts of dreamy, lactose-intolerant lovers with any of Clarabelle’s treats, because all cupcakes are non-dairy, kosher, and won't expand into a wheel of cheddar cheese when exposed to water. Visitors can sample some 30-odd flavors while visiting the pink-stripe-walled cupcakery confines, watch the bakers give birth to sweets in the open kitchen, and nosh on a variety of treats such as brownies, cookies, cakes, and olde-timey salted leather bootstraps.
Be careful—stepping into Atelier Monnier may become a habit-forming activity. Best of Voice Places bestowed the Best Croissant title upon the French bakery in 2012, adding that the chocolate-almond variety "will make an addict of you." Miami New Times blogger Trina Sargalski praised Atelier's parisian macaron, a gluten-free cookie comprised of a light crust, moist almond meringue, and a natural ganache filling in such flavors as pistachio, coffee, and raspberry cassis. The shop's glass cases also brim with European-style ice cream (crème glacée), profiteroles and pastries, and handmade chocolates along with freshly baked bread and sandwiches.
The store owes its success to the gourmet passions of owner and Belgium native Patrick Feyten and the artisanal creativity of French pastry chef Franck Monnier. The minimalistic decor allows guests to focus on the vibrant colors of their sweet treats, which range from a sunny lemon yellow to a rouge as deeply crimson as Édith Piaf's lips.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream. Crown yourself as creamery king with today's Groupon. For $2, you get an 8-ounce junior cup of ice cream at Wall's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream in South Miami. There is no limit on the quantity purchased. Pick up enough to take the whole family, city council, or knitting circle out for a dairy dinner. Kids standing less than 3 feet get a free ice cream cone, so start feeding your 4-footers less water and more salt to induce shrinking.