In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-seven years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as chocolate ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
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.
At How Sweet It Is Cupcake Company, every fistful of flavor is conceived, baked, and carefully decorated by resident baker Sandy Sapanaro, who places balanced emphasis on gourmet taste and couture aesthetics. Sandy’s menu sports both classic and seasonal sweets, the former represented by favorites such as red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, and coconut with meringue icing, and the latter currently featuring October-appropriate pumpkin varieties. Armed with today’s mix-and-match Groupon, cupcake cravers can load their belly weapon with twelve baked bullets of their choice, until they are shooting smiles left, right, and sideways to Paul Giamatti. To score your 12-rack, simply phone ahead, fill out an online order form through the How Sweet It Is website, or shout (politely) with vocal support from the diaphragm.
Juniper Organic Cupcakes is a licensed and insured cupcake delivery service that offers home-baked and organic goods. Made entirely with naturally produced or organic ingredients, these cupcakes arrive in recyclable packaging and wear naturally colored frosting. Casual flavors include vanilla and chocolate, and signature flavors include pumpkin pie, red velvet, and strawberry shortcake. The service also offers display accessories, scones, muffins, and fruit and granola bars.
Though Manhattan is just shy of a hundred miles north, Manhattan Bagels keeps its namesake version of the New York culinary tradition alive from afar with fresh-baked bagels the staff smears with thick cream cheese to order. Mornings call for one of the food stop’s sandwiches lined with bacon, turkey sausage, and fluffy eggs, with fresh-brewed coffee and cups of OJ. Closer to lunch, the Tribeca turkey sandwich lines focaccia with chipotle mayo and red onions, and the Times Square ham is served with Swiss, onion, and mustard on a plate made out of a giant LED billboard.
The Goodnoe family looks to recipes perfected over nearly a century in business to churn rich treats at the Dairy Bar. Cups or half-gallons teem with one of 24 ice-cream flavors, which run the gamut from time-tested mint chocolate chip to decadent chocolate-raspberry truffle. Like a linebacker's lunchbox, cups of cookies 'n' cream hold actual crushed confections, and the chunks of royal bing cherries in the cherry-vanilla flavor distract tongues. To add a personalized touch to after-meal cups, scoopers sprinkle creamy hillocks with some of 17 toppings. Crunchy pecans dot ice-cream valleys, and warm butterscotch forms flaxen rivers that flow onto unsuspecting fingers and napkins scribbled with odes to cows.