The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tirelessly to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shops' walls. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to be scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
A stack of hefty Harry Potter novels sits atop a table, along with a few odds and ends that look like they belong to Harry himself: a wand, a Gryffindor scarf, a pair of circular spectacles. But the grinning girl posing behind the books isn’t smiling because she just encountered the boy wizard. She’s beaming because today is her Sweet 16 party, and the items in front of her are actually elaborate cakes masquerading as novels and wizard accessories.
The birthday girl has Annie’s Culinary Creations to thank. The bakers at Annie’s specialize in crafting cakes that reflect each customer’s personality, whether that means a cake shaped like a flip-flop, an electric guitar, or Indiana Jones’s hat and suitcase. The bakers create these varied masterpieces with equally varied flavor options, including peanut-butter-cup filling (a customer favorite), almond buttercream icing, and marshmallow fondant. And the confectioner’s more traditional offerings such as petit fours, cookies, and three-tiered wedding cakes still inspire awe with their meticulous craftsmanship.
Damon Bufford??the self-proclaimed brilliant baker behind Sweet Genius Treats??has a good reason to be so confident in his sweets, which have been featured on Spike TV. He tests them all with near and dear family members first, only baking for the public those sweets which pass his relative's taste test. Luckily, they have complex palates, craving inventive and savory flavors as well. They've greenlit everything from chocolate chip candied bacon cookies to cream cheese-filled snickerdoodles. The most popular treat on the menu is the strawberry lemonade cookie, an original invention designed to bring smiles to faces, which Damon says his wife created in memory of their son.
Cuisine Type: Sweet Intelligent addicting cookies
Reservations: Not necessary
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most popular offering: Strawberry-Lemonade Cookie
Delivery / Take-out: Free parking
Outdoor Seating: No
The skillful bakers at Mon Petite Cake Shop sift and whip together fresh ingredients to craft a lineup of 11 classic flavors, ranging from refreshing lemon to mouth-warming cinnamon swirl. Chocolate-fudge, red-velvet, and spice cakes come swathed in velvety buttercream and topped with sprinkles, colored sugar, or sugar sculptures of Ronald Reagan's nose. Customers can mix and match mini cake varieties to form customized boxes for a special event or special someone; fondant or chocolate decorations are available for a small upgrade fee delivered by an animate piggy bank. Clients should place orders at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability.
Quocbao Bakery is a unique Vietnamese bakery in Garland. With large portions and the locals’ favorite banh mi (Vietnamese for “bread”) with delicious meats, this bakery is bound to have something your taste buds have never experienced. Open 8 to 8 daily, one can stop in for virtually any meal of the day. Bread is baked fresh each day, and one can choose from a variety of delicious meats and Vietnamese toppings such as pickled daikon, pickled carrot, or the simpler black pepper and mayo. Don’t mistake their banh mi for the imitation versions, however, as these authentic, freshly made Vietnamese sandwiches are what locals call “the real deal.”