Munch a gourmet treat from the bakery's comprehensive cookie collection ($1.25 each, baker’s dozen $11.50) or decadent display of dessert bars ($2.25 each, baker’s dozen $26.50), from german-chocolate brownies to lemon bars, which would hold only the most ascetic and self-depriving prisoners. Alternatively, delve into dairy with a slice of white-chocolate-raspberry, chocolate, or peach-strudel cheesecake ($4.95). Recently opened by two experienced bakers, Swirly Girls Bakery offers friendly customer service in a bright, colorful atmosphere backed by pink walls and 1950s-style lighting fixtures. The bakery's time-tested recipes are baked in small batches using high-quality ingredients to ensure each bite tastes like it was flown in from the isle of indulgence, a water-locked geographical location that mostly consists of frosting.
Every morning, Rooster’s Gourmet Popcorn whirs to life with the slow crescendo of thousands of tiny explosions. Snack masters mix a palette of more than 50 unorthodox flavors into the classic confection, resulting in anything from southwest-jalapeño and spicy-queso to toffee-almond and watermelon popcorns. They dole out free samples to acquaint customers with their sweet and savory kernels before packing up handsome gift tins for birthdays, office gatherings, and trips to a corn field to gloat.
Stefano’s Gelato's sweet savants handcraft a staggering selection of creamy desserts that contain no hydrogenated fats and only 5%–7% butterfat. Gelato flavors rotate daily and seasonally, pleasing palates with English Truffle, white chocolate, banana-orange cream, or Snickers. Refreshing sorbetto flavors crafted with fruit and purified water will delight mouths by deluging them with morsels of chilly goodness in the form of wild berry, mango, or pink grapefruit. Stefano's dishes out treats by the ounce ($3 for 3 oz.), by the pint ($8), by the cone ($1 for a kids’ cone; $2 for a value cone), or by the bay. Guests exhausted from spoon-to-mouth routines can slurp up 16- or 20-ounce Italian sodas ($3.50; $4.50), Mexican cola ($1.50), and specialty sodas made with pure cane sugar and no high-fructose corn syrup.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Acres of golden wheat stalks blanket the high plains of Montana, stretching toward the sun and gently swaying with the wind. Farmers harvest the wheat and send it off to Taylorsville, Utah, where Great Harvest Bread Co.’s masterminds mill the grain into whole-wheat flour, which bakers knead, roll, and bake it into warm loaves of bread. The bread comes in an array of flavors such as sunflower, high-five fiber, and cinnamon burst, and can be bought by the loaf or in one of Great Harvest's fresh deli sandwiches.
Each day, the staff of K's and D Bakery starts from scratch, whipping up an encyclopedic list of both sweet and savory goodies. Fresh donuts sweeten the display cases every morning, and bakers pull fresh bread from the oven several times throughout the day. Unlike a chef with only a cat-shaped cake pan, K's and D's team crafts several types of custom cakes, decorating them with toys and photos for birthdays or blanketing them with fondant for weddings.