Every morning, Rita's Italian Ice's dessert-makers show up to work and start smashing fruit to bits. They extract the juices, natural sugars, and sweet flesh of each to infuse into their freshly-made italian ices. The ices pair well with custards and creams for mixed treats, or serve as refreshingly cool treats on their own. The staff even take small groups on behind-the-scenes tours of their kitchens, teaching the secrets to freezing mango juice into a silky-smooth texture or milking a banana.
Scrawled across the Yogeez wall in big, loopy letters are the words "Get Creative." This isn't a difficult imperative to follow, seeing as how each of the store's welcoming locations offers a huge assortment of more than 75 toppings to pair with rotating low-fat and fat-free yogurt flavors. Shards of waffle cone and splatters of hot fudge complement perennial favorites such as cake batter, dreamy dark chocolate, and sea-salt caramel. There are always a few fat-free sorbets on tap, as well, making it easy to get your daily fruit allowance.
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.
The two drive-thru lanes on either side of Mudslingers Drive-Thru Coffee pave the way to more than just caffeinated drinks. In addition to their South American roasts and flavored-espresso drinks, the baristas inside the petite coffee joint whip up smoothies and shakes from their signature line of ice creams carried during the summer. Outside, a small sunny patio hosts potted flowers and two park benches where clients can sit and sip or duel over who gets the last mini donut in the box of a dozen.