Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice ($2.39 for a regular) in more than 30 flavors, with sugar-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and trans-fat-free ices available. Achieve Ty Cobb–like levels of coolness with the Georgia peach ice, get caught in the rain of the refreshing piña colada, or visit the Sunshine State without leaving the comforts of your bomb shelter with the Florida orange. Other flavors include strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, vanilla, key lime, the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice), and even a Peeps flavor. All ices are served within 36 hours of mixing, ensuring that Rita's customers are getting drinks as pure as the driven Technicolor snow.
CakeLove's baking staff, led by owner and Food Network's Sugar Rush host Warren Brown, specializes in cupcakes and cakes, baking batches from scratch daily with fresh, natural butter, sugar, eggs, and more. Each location's rotating selection of vanilla, chocolate, red-velvet, banana, carrot, and pumpkin cake bases is smothered with a variety of flavored buttercreams. Chocoholics can silence grumbling sweet tooths with creative concoctions like Cynthia's sin (chocolate cake dipped in chocolate ganache, topped with peanut butter buttercream, drizzled with chocolate and caramel, and sprinkled with candied peanuts), while those longing for a tropical getaway can abduct their tongue to a farflung locale with the lime on the coconut (shredded coconut and lime zest on a vanilla cupcake with lime buttercream). Cupcakes are $3.25 each, $19.50 for a half dozen, and $39 for a baker's dozen. Other sweet forms of gourmet baked goods ($2–$5), as well as the bakery's six-inch to 12-inch layer cakes ($25–$130), can sugary-up birthdays or candy-coat a van full of Shriner cars.
Tropical Ice Cream Cafe has been serving up scoops of frozen delight for the past 25 years. The shop strives to serve the diverse population of the Washington Metropolitan Area, offering up a large menu of homemade ice-cream concoctions laden with exotic fruits. A tropical fruit catalogue is even available for customers who may think a soursop is a highly absorbent towel sold on the television. Sample previously unknown ice-cream flavors such as guava, mangoberry, lychee, and papaya, or premium traditional flavors that run the gamut from mint chocolate chip and rum raisin to apple pie and Guinness. All ice cream is made with the freshest ingredients available.
Alchemy Caterers thrives under the leadership of Top Chef season five contestant Carla Hall, fusing fresh ingredients from Chesapeake Bay farms to synthesize soulful Southern- and French-inspired techniques. Each gourmet, seasonally influenced batch of cookies comes made to order with a mélange of sweet and savory tastes, all hand-shaped and baked to confectionary perfection from rich components such as European-style butter, organic flour, and couverture chocolate. Tantalize a traditional tongue with the tasty chocolate chip cookies, dazzle an island man's sweet tooth with the coconut-lime macaroon, or celebrate the meal-spanning resplendence of cheese with garlic gouda crisps. The cookies will arrive within two to four weeks, prepared to furnish empty party plates, gift boxes, and epicurean stomachs.
Ice cream cools hot mouths, gives spoons a purpose, and turns into soup, so it's both a dessert and second course. Try one of Baskin-Robbins's ice cream cakes—including flavors such as fudge crunch, Oreo Cookie, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and brownie a la mode—or indulge in soft serve, ice cream, sundaes, and more. For other sweet treats, go with doughnuts, which are renowned for being a superior form of bread; standout flavors include blueberry cake, Bavarian creme, Boston creme, glazed cake, jelly filled, French cruller, apple crumb, and more. If you prefer non-sweet food, bite into a bagel or one of the oven-toasted flatbread sandwiches that come in flavors such as chicken parmesan, ham and swiss, and turkey, bacon and cheddar.
Food scientists agree that a diet devoid of frozen treats increases your chances of being struck by lightning. Crown your dietary pyramid with today's Groupon to Moorenko's Ice Cream Cafe in Silver Spring. For $5, you'll get two hand-packed pints of homemade ice cream, a $10 value.