A cupcake is a treat in itself, but K Squared Cupcake's Cookie Monster indulges sweet teeth even further. That's because childhood best friends Katie and Kriss top each chocolate-cake and cookie-dough buttercream confection with a fresh-baked cookie. The Cookie Monster is one of K Squared's many unorthodox flavors, which range from chai cupcakes dusted with cinnamon to blueberry-pancake cupcakes topped with maple-syrup buttercream.
The duo imbues its custom cakes with similar imaginative flair, shaping sweets like fluffy lambs or blooming flowers. Kriss and Katie even encourage customers to tap into their own creativity by personalizing cupcakes from more than 15 cake and frosting flavors, including s'mores and key-lime buttercream.
Indecision is all part of the fun when it comes to visiting Yogurt Shack. Each shop features self-serve stations that patrons use to fill their cups with calcium-rich YoCream frozen yogurt?a frosty, certified Kosher treat made with a high count of live natural cultures and no high-fructose corn syrup. But choosing a yogurt may prove deliciously daunting, as the staff rotates the selection of flavors at every store and adds seasonal favorites throughout the year. The lineup can include everything from classic chocolate and vanilla to cake batter and fruity sorbets. Once their decisions have been made, customers can finish their personalized creation by topping the yogurt with fruits, candies, and edible name tags before paying by the ounce at the register.
Sisters Erica and Kirsten draw from local sources when making their treats and meals from scratch at Pure Bliss Bakery. They mix flour from Bob’s Red Mill, milk from Sunshine Dairy, and juicy berries from Sturms Berry Farms into delectable bakery bites, including homemade cakes and cupcakes. When not evoking applause from sweets lovers, Erica and Kirsten produce a variety of soups, salads, and paninis, such as turkey pesto, chipotle chicken, and tuna salad, to fulfill lunchtime cravings.
At Mix 'N' Match Creamery, the process of getting an ice cream is almost as fun as eating it. After asking what flavor you'd like, a staff member places cream, sugar, and milk in a metal bowl, then blasts the mixture with a splash of liquid nitrogen that creates a sub-zero environment. As the cold, condensed-water cloud over the mixture evaporates, all that's left is wholesome, three-ingredient ice cream. The flavor options that can be added to the mix are virtually endless, as the team blends their many syrups with unique mix-ins, including chunks of cheesecake, bits of bacon, and crunchy Lucky Charms. The resulting treat can be scooped into a cone or waffle bowl to create a dessert that is easily portable and can be eaten in its entirety, much like a tin can of goat food.
You wouldn’t want a gas station to close at any hour of the day, and you wouldn’t want a coffeehouse to cut off your fuel supply, either. Today’s Groupon keeps the engine running with $10 worth of local brews and treats from open-24-hours-a-day Southeast Grind for $5.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.