Rarely a day goes by that Terry Restin and Brenda Tusing don't eat a chocolate. And who could blame them? Terry and Brenda are the imaginative founders of The Royal Chocolate?a cheerful shop abounding with glimmering glass displays of gourmet candy apples, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a sweeping variety of dark, milk, and white chocolates. The duo imports chocolates from around the world and whips up their own line in-store, folding Belgian chocolate into intricate treats such as chocolate cashew clusters and chocolate caramel truffles. They work behind the shop's wooden counter steaming hot chocolates and preparing other beverages. Their guests perch at intimate tabletops by the glowing fire, dipping fresh strawberries, fluffy marshmallows, and crispy apple slices into pots of fondue. The contented smiles on their faces are the reason Terry and Brenda got into the chocolate business in the first place?as Brenda told reporters from Inside Business, "I can't explain how great it is when people come in our door. Even when they have a frown on their face, when they smell the chocolate they smile."
For a delicious frosty treat that won't spoil your diet, try the fro-yo at Virginia Beach's The Skinny Dip. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Got the whole gang with you? The Skinny Dip is a great pick for large parties.
Take it nice and easy at The Skinny Dip, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
For convenience, diners can park in a neighboring lot.
With prices below $15 per person, you can eat at The Skinny Dip as often as you like! Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy The Skinny Dip since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Colorful lollipops and myriad candies line the counter at Chill Ice Cream Shoppe, where a glass display case readies ice cream, frozen yogurt, and fruit ices for the scooping. Dishes and cones don more than 20 flavors, such as key lime pie, raspberry truffle, cotton candy with miniature M&M's, and Bear Claw, whose dark chocolate, caramel, and cashew mixture can only be eaten safely while making oneself appear very small. Chill complements its frozen confections with savory snacks, such as hot dogs and pretzels, and warms icy tongues with cups of coffee.
Cupcake Central expands the cupcake’s fluffy boundaries, garnishing 41 fresh-baked daily flavors with four frosting varieties and a host of fillings daily. Special orders double the potential flavor selection and allow for inebriating the cakes with margarita and strawberry-daiquiri liqueurs. The spirit of sugary excess manifests itself dramatically in the colossal cupcake, an enormous confection that can be personalized with whimsical designs, romanticized for a Valentine's Day treat, or baked to match a baby's birth weight.
Chocolate from Guittard, Callebaut and Valrhona, organic vanilla beans, and a host of other all-natural ingredients elevate Just Cupcakes? handcrafted confections above the pastry?s work-a-day reputation. Their team of bakers whips up an ever-changing menu of treats, in flavors that range from apple cinnamon and chocolate peanut butter to coconut and s?mores. For more options, clients can peruse the more comprehensive online flavor catalog.
Tutti Frutti's repertoire of fruit bouquets repurposes delicious seed bearers into swoon-worthy sculptural arrangements. Pineapple and cantaloupe slices reformed into floral shapes arrive in a unique vessel that can be reused for saving change or for housing actual flowers ($39.99). The Delightfull Garden heralds the dawn of spring with melon and pineapple pieces alongside chocolate-ensconced apple and strawberries ($49). Belgian-chocolate-dipped strawberries in a box ($19) or an artichoke-inspired bloom ($39) can pacify distressed babies or babyish roommates. Mark all stripes of celebration from birthdays and sunny days to Pi Day with a granny-smith apple that has been drowned in creamy caramel before being lathered in gourmet white chocolate ($9.99). Call ahead or visit the website to order a bouquet.