Named after the cowardly slacker from the animated series Scooby-Doo, Shaggie's serves up a full menu of "Scooby snacks" such as bacon-wrapped hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream. Shaggie’s even invites youngsters to celebrate both the famed TV character and their freshly devoured banana splits by jumping around in one of three bounce houses, colorfully decorated to represent a spooky Halloween evening, a basketball arena, and, of course, Scooby Doo. In addition to open-bounce sessions, Shaggie's accommodates groups for birthday bounce parties, which fan out to enjoy other areas of the playplace, such as an arcade and a party room.
As a child, Linda Hundt loved her Easy-Bake Oven. Using the recipes she learned from her elders, Linda often baked cookies with her twin sister, Laura. But instead of hoarding her treats forever, she founded Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe in 2002 and began sharing them with hungry clientele at farmers’ markets and high-end restaurants.
Now stationed in a vintage brick building in DeWitt, Linda and her team—all clad in vintage aprons and pearls—create retro, housemade baked goods that are free of preservatives. She continues baking cookies and innovatively flavored cupcakes and muffins, but the core of her business is pie. Flavors such as cherry rhubarb, banana cream, and cherry blackberry peach have even garnered the bakery numerous awards over several years.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and mini-marshmallows. Prices range from $3.39 to $6.79 for a cup or cone. Dream cakes ($24.95+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Maggie's Mud and Chocolate Heaven, and are available in 6-inch, 8-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, creamy mango, and mocha coffee smoothies (starting at $4.75), whereas ice-cream pizzas ($19.95+) topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
With decadent flavors such as mango, vanilla bean, and taro packing as few as 80 calories per half-cup, the self-serve frozen yogurt at Sugar Berry is as healthy as it is delicious. Customers pump their own swirls of yogurt and sprinkle them with their choice of toppings; a staff member then weighs their creations to price them and determine whether they can be smuggled home in airline carry-on baggage. Sugar Berry also serves sippable treats: bubble teas come in flavors such as chai tea, peach, papaya, and honeydew.
The day starts early at Great Harvest Bread Co., where grain gurus Blake, Mike, Sharon, and Darrel bake loaf after loaf of all-natural, housemade bread. Each batch of dough begins with freshly ground whole-wheat flour milled from family-owned farms in Montana. Salt, yeast, and local honey soon follow. By 9:30 a.m., the crew start pulling their first loaves from the oven, handing out warm, complimentary slices to customers as they enter the store. The bread schedule changes every day, but patrons can always purchase any of the shop’s mainstays: honey whole wheat, white, nine grain, cinnamon swirl, cheese garlic and cinnamon chip.
The breads can surely stand alone, but that doesn’t stop Great Harvest Bread Co. from offering hand-crafted sandwiches stacked with ham, turkey, or chicken and three types of cheese. For dessert or a sweet breakfast, patrons can choose from a variety of scones, giant cinnamon rolls or muffins, or—if they're kids or adults disguised as kids—score cookies on the house.