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.
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.
On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
A sweet tooth is worth 12 bicuspids on the tooth-fairy black market. Rediscover your sweet spark with today's deal: for $5, you get $12 worth of dessert at Ganache Dessert Kitchen. This sugarplum sanctuary is located about 8 miles outside of downtown Columbus in Gahanna. You can purchase up to two Groupons, but they must be used in separate visits, just like those fighting fish that you were supposed to keep in separate bowls. Use your first to get the ball rolling and the second to silence the withdrawal created from the first.