Fruity Pebbles. Rainbow sprinkles. Blueberries. Hot fudge. Eclectic sweets fill the toppings bar at ByBerries, where customers select an array of candy, cereal, nuts, and seasonal fruits to top self-serve frozen yogurt. The frosty flavors on tap rotate often, with options such as pumpkin, butter pecan, cappuccino, and banana coconut, but a selection of original, nonfat, and no-sugar-added varieties remains a constant. The self-serve forum inspires mixing and matching yogurts, ensuring that like snowflakes or the social security numbers of identical twins, no two dishes of fro-yo are alike.
For more than 75 years, Shipley's Do-Nuts has served up hot and fresh hand-cut donuts daily from Lawrence Shipley's time-tested recipe. Currently furnishing more than 60 varieties of fried ambrosia to donut disciples, Shipley's Do-Nuts creates three types of craveable crowns for the taking ($5.95/dozen glazed, $6.55/dozen mixed). The traditional yeast donut's everyday attire is a glaze coating, but it entertains a closetful of options, including curve-enhancing nuts, sequin-like sprinkles, and black-tie appropriate chocolate icing for attending formal french-bread balls. Filled yeast donuts protect their secret stash of cream or fruit with a sweet glaze force field, while denser—but not dumber—cake donuts aid rough morning wake-up calls by operating as portable pillows perfect for commuting or by sliding into stomachs in icing, glaze, sprinkles, or au naturel.
At Yogurti Yo, groups of friends play board games over cups of pumpkin frozen yogurt, spoon mouthfuls of pomegranate in between Wii games, and analyze the nuanced mouthfeel of red velvet while Googling their own name at a computer workstation. Pumpkin, pomegranate, and red velvet are just a few of the 12 daily rotating flavors that fuel the activities at this sweets shop, which features a café-like atmosphere. All yogurt is self-serve, so customers can mix and match flavors before selecting from more than 40 toppings such as watermelon and Fruity Pebbles. The shop also delicately shaves ice off the cheek of a penguin before sweetening it with condensed milk, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and two fresh-fruit toppings.
Smoothies have long been considered the healthier cousins of their milkshake kinsmen. However, even though they typically contain fruit, they’re often filled with things that aren’t good for you. The beverage experts at Smoothie Factory don’t fall into this trap. Their more than 30 smoothie combinations configure fresh fruits such as peach, blueberry, and strawberry with nutritional boosts that include dietary fibers, amino acids, and antioxidants. They also whip up a handful of drinks made especially for kids, and devise athlete-friendly super-smoothies containing bonus protein shots and weight-gain formula.
Culled from natural ingredients, Berripop's nonfat frozen yogurt is whipped fresh daily and infused with vibrant flavors. Sate chromatic cravings with Berripop's rainbow of taste-hues, such as luscious chocolate, refreshing mango, piquant green apple, and delectably indecisive raspberry-pomegranate. With a twist of the faucet, yogurus whirl out a medium-sized mound ($4.50) to be adorned with edible textures from a topping bar rife with fresh kiwi, raspberries, almonds, Cap'n Crunch, Reese's peanut-butter cups, and more ($1 for unlimited toppings). Alternatively, guests can enjoy smoothies, parfaits, or shaved ice to make tongues feel as cool as Fonzie sledding the Alps on a gold record. Each location of the Texas-born dairy dispensary beams with a bright modern interior, free WIFI, and flat-screen TVs to entertain eyes as they fill bellies. Groupon buyers who return again within one month of their first purchase will receive 50% off their next set of treats.
At Tasti D-Lite, patrons can sample a bevy of tasty treats that serve as a healthier alternative to ice cream. Serving health-conscious customers since 1987, Tasti D-Lite offers creamy concoctions that are lower in fat, calories, sugar, carbs, and voodoo spells than ice cream; treats also contain fewer calories than most brands of frozen yogurt while remaining much lower in sugar and burnt curly-fries content. Tasti is crafted from natural ingredients that include real dairy and no artificial sweeteners. Visitors will be able to enjoy over 100 delectable flavors, such as brownie batter, green tea, rice pudding, peanut butter 'n' jelly, and strawberry cheesecake, as well as a variety of smoothies, shakes, sundaes, and cones. Most flavors contain 80 calories or less per 4-fluid-ounce serving, allowing customers to shape up and finally fit into old space suits from the Starfleet Academy. Cups begin at $3.25 for a small, $3.75 for a medium, and $4.55 for a large, depending on location.