As a marble-top creamery and classic diner, Ferch’s Malt Shoppe & Grille satisfies hunger pains, ice-cream desires, and nostalgic longings with traditional American fare and fresh frozen custard within a throwback soda-shop setting. With 48 custard flavors and 40 toppings to choose from, Ferch’s treat specialists can create more than 1 million varieties of customized creamy concoctions. The malt shop’s black-and-white checkerboard floors, vinyl booths, and soda-fountain counters hark back to a simpler time when men wore hats and robot servants hadn’t yet begun their grisly uprising.
A family-owned-and-operated business established in 1962, Swiss Maid employs time-honored European methods of copper-kettle candy-making, using 100% Wisconsin sweet-cream butter, heavy cream, and pure chocolate and vanilla. After putting on your decision-making fedora, choose from a large selection of fudge flavors, including maple, amaretto marble, cookies and cream, cranberry walnut, and classic dark or milk chocolate ($14.98 per lb.). Though it's a proven fact that all dads love the phrase "Or I'll eat my tie!", chocolate peppermint-stick fudge proves to be a much tastier snacking option and a better holiday gift.
The top brass twisters at Auntie Anne's, one of the world's largest hand-rolled, soft-pretzel franchises, create enough twirly treats every year to wrap the earth in deliciously salted dough three times over. Pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers. A plain pretzel offers a satisfyingly simple snack, while sacchariferous ingredients such as cinnamon sugar and toasted-almond toffee make tongues sweat with anticipation. Mouths will mambo to the Mediterranean flavors of the garlic pretzel, a perfect treat to submerge into a dunk tank of marinara or one of the other available dipping sauces. Or, sample slender tubewiches swathed in the warm embrace of pretzel dough with signature pretzel dogs. Pair braided bites with a chalice of lemonade or a frozen ICEE drink, both of which pack a flavorful punch that’s more refreshing than a brisk morning run that successfully evades a pursuing snow leopard.
Created by the Ginatta family, Paciugo satisfies cravings with hot and cold gourmet coffee concoctions and small-batch Italian gelato, made fresh daily from all-natural ingredients. Hundreds of flavors make rotating appearances on the expansive menu of confections, which boasts fruity sorbets and milk-, soy-, and water-based gelato, all with less fat than traditional ice creams or salads sculpted out of butter. Candied Italian black cherries, Piedmont roasted hazelnuts, Sicilian pistachios, and Belgian extra-brute chocolate add richness to the carefully crafted Turin recipes. Customers can fill a piccolo cup with up to three flavors ($3.99) or make the leap to the grande cup's five selections to meet the FDA's recommended daily servings in one sitting ($5.59).
Treats by Bernadette silences clamoring sweet teeth with a menu of delicious confections whipped up from scratch. Crisp granny smith apples rest behind house-made caramel armor, which protects the fruit from hungry mouths with delicious inefficacy, and Ghirardelli milk chocolate disguises strawberries' crimson hides with drizzles of white chocolate. Cupcakes represent the missing link between miniature and full-size cakes, with moist, crumbly bodies regally adorned with fluffy crowns of frosting. Customers choose caramel, vanilla, coconut, or red velvet flavors, mixing and matching to keep taste buds from becoming complacent and registering every flavor as "not broccoli."
The Tasteful Cake culls frosted feasts from fresh ingredients and fixings, crafting goodies to gussy up all manner of gatherings. Cake whisperer Melissa Mydlo and her dessert-making dynamos lasso seven flavors into a posse of taste pugnacion that leaves sweet teeth stunned and wisdom teeth unable to finish their crossword: lemon and raspberry swirl serve up tangy taste-bud temptations, and the sultry trio of almond, chocolate amaretto, and red velvet offer additional after-dinner cajolery for chompers. Chocolate-vanilla and carrot-cake flavors round out the pint-sized platoon of potential treats. While this Groupon is not valid for vegan or gluten-free orders, many of The Tasteful Cake's cupcakes can be composed of vegan or gluten-free ingredients upon request for future orders to please palates of all preference.