In 1988, My Favorite Muffin started with a secret muffin recipe?one that remains a secret to this day. Ask even one of the loyal regulars, and you'll find that they know little about the process behind the bakery's cake-like muffins, beyond the fact that it involves soybean oil instead of butter.?
With results this delicious, the bakery can't be blamed for keeping its secrets closely guarded. Baked fresh daily, the muffins come in flavors ranging from cinnamon swirl to chocolate cheesecake. Guests can also opt for a warm, extra-large bagel, though nothing is stopping anybody from dunking their muffin in the caramel-apple cream cheese.
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Tracie Gregson loves the inherent nostalgia of cupcakes. Each bite reminds her of home. But she?s also aware of the deceptively simple dessert?s endless flavor possibilities. When a friend needed a treat to complement his gourmet barbecue, Tracie took up the challenge and grabbed some slabs of smoked bacon. After some experimentation, she emerged from her kitchen with a maple-bacon cupcake, with a vanilla-spice base crowned with brown-sugar-maple frosting, coarse sugar, and crags of smoked pork.
That cupcake memoir typifies the ongoing flavor development at Tracie Cakes. Eschewing mixes, Tracie prefers scouring online purveyors for the finest ingredients she can find. Shipments regularly arrive with gourmet dutch cocoas, velvety sour creams, and finely sifted powdered sugars that Tracie uses because they balance the sweetness?not too sweet?of her buttercream frostings without sacrificing texture. Such fine ingredients go into her more than 20 flavors of cupcakes, from her personal favorite white wedding cake to the coconut cloud, made with organic cloud flour.
When most people go to Hawaii, they bring home a lei or a souvenir magnet. But when Troy and Julie returned to Iowa after their Waikiki Beach vacation, they brought back a winning business idea. The island's cerulean water and picturesque beaches must have stoked the couple's imaginations, because they dreamt up a beautiful culinary vision: donuts.
And so Mahalo's Mini Donuts was born. Currently a single-location bakery with a catering service in the works, Mahalo's specializes in deep-fried, sugar-spangled, 2" diameter treats. The classic flavors are cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar, but the menu also includes the more decadent maple-glazed Bacon Sunrise, the cinnamon-dusted Apple Tiki, and the hot-pink Strawberry Surf. You might find sea salt, graham crackers, or coconut flakes on a Mahalo's donut, but you won't find any preservatives, cholesterol, or trans fat. Available in packs of 6, 12, 24, or 50, the donuts can please a crowd or be strung into a formal statement necklace appropriate for any black-tie occasion.
Visit Panera Bread for all of your bakery needs, including custom cookies and cakes.
At Panera Bread, you can score healthy food such as gluten-free, low-fat and vegan eats.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Panera Bread has kid-friendly food and seating.
Sit outside at Panera Bread and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Panera Bread.
Panera Bread is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
A relatively loud bakery, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
For those in a hurry, the bakery lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Panera Bread offers catering.
Patrons have access to free parking in the neighboring lot.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a date at Panera Bread.