Twist Frozen Yogurt’s self-serve yogurt bar panders to sweet teeth with a rotating lineup of more than 50 flavors and 25 toppings, including fresh fruit, hot fudge, and granola. Patrons can step up to the frosty machines to fill cups or waffle bowls ($0.50 extra) with dollops of the daily 10–12 pure or 5–6 twist flavors ($0.43/oz.) and a smattering of toppings and sauces ($0.43/oz.) that cascade over the low-fat treat like candy from an injured Ulysses S. Grant piñata. Twist’s fro-yo menu mingles traditional flavors such as dreamy dark chocolate and wild strawberry with more unusual concoctions such as cactus sweet, boysenberry, and pumpkin pie. Each probiotic-enhanced serving contains no gluten or renegade additives from the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and the shop carries nondairy and no-sugar-added options in addition to its more common varieties.
Owners Heidi Williams and Laura Kenkel have been chums since middle school, finding their entrepreneurial passion after attending a three-day seminar at Ice Cream University. Now, the two ICU grads provide delectable homemade ice cream, cookies, and a cornucopia of frozen pastries with all-natural ingredients. Traditionalist tastebuds cling to a cup of pure, creamy vanilla ($3.60), but free-spirited buds crave butter pecan, and top that dairy mountain with blueberries, pineapples, and Butterfingers ($.50 each). Anna Marie's specialty sundaes up the ante of granular toppings, like the chocolate bubble sundae ($4.60), layered with chocolate syrup, marshmallow, whipped cream, and one cherry placed atop to benevolently rule its icy dominion. Customers on-the-go can take home a frozen turtle pie ($14.99), the chilled amalgamation of caramel, hot fudge, and pecans–the decadent, sugarcoated foil to grandma's wholesome apple pie. And Anna Marie's low-fat and low-carb offerings mean sweet-toothed dieters can still party like they're cruising through a galaxy governed by the laws of butterscotch.
During a failed attempt to discover gravity, Sir Isaac Newton fell face-first into a snow bank while carrying a heap of delicious fruit—inadvertently discovering the health benefits of mixing squashed nutritious food with sub-Arctic cold. Today’s Groupon lets you replicate Newton's experiment under controlled conditions: for $5, you get three vitamin-packed, 20-ounce smoothies at Smoothie King in Chesterfield (an up to $14.97 value after tax, depending on the smoothies). Get your smoothie-fill in one visit, or go back three times.
After honing her baking and decorating skills for more than a decade at a French-pastry shop in the New York City suburbs, Sugar N Spice Creations’ owner, Chris M'Gonigle, started her own cakes, cookies, and pastries business. Along with a team of adept decorators, Chris squeezes colored icing into intricate floral bouquets and coaxes seasonal figures such as turkeys, snowmen, and hearts. She and her staff pass on their baking acumen to visitors in cookie- and cupcake-decorating classes, where they demonstrate how to create icing designs and ancient baker hieroglyphs.
Though John Lancia had a steady, successful career as a banker, he couldn't shake the fond memory of the days he spent in Italy during college, playing soccer, sipping espresso, and eating gelato at Sicilian cafés. Lancia Frozen Yogurt is the realization of John's longtime dream, where visitors can convene over frozen treats named one of the top three desserts in town by the Best of Chesterfield in 2012. Humming self-serve machines line the walls, churning out an ever-changing selection of more than 50 flavors of frozen yogurt—including some that are free of sugar, fat, and gluten—as well as traditional chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Colorful bins and bowls of nearly 60 toppings are on display, filled to the brim with candy, nuts, cereal, and fresh fruit.
The majority of the products featured—from the yogurts to the Fitz's sodas—come from local suppliers. The staff turns to the community for guidance when choosing its next yogurt flavors, tallying the votes of customers on a board and testing out new creations by placing bowls of yogurt in the forest and counting how many raccoons come running. A selection of ricotta-filled, chocolate-dipped cannolis and ricotta puffs satisfies sweet teeth without making them chatter. And to counter the chilliness of frozen yogurt, staff also serve up warm cups of handcrafted espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks.