Every chocolate-and-fruit combination you've ever dared to imagine is the everyday reality at Choco Fruit, CA. The specialty dessert shop sells a range of tantalizing treats, including chocolate-covered pineapple, strawberries, and apples on a stick; flowing chocolate fountains; and waffles drizzled in a chocolate sauce and piled with fresh banana and kiwi.
For as decadent a meal as possible, slice into a molten chocolate cake and let the rich liquid pool onto the plate, which is prime for fruit dipping. Taking its creations to the next level, the shop also fills crepes with a selection of chocolate-and fruit combinations, covering the tops of each crepe with an artistic chocolate swirl. Pair your sweets with an icy frappuccino or a warm Turkish coffee, or go light with a fruit salad and a smoothie.
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day lava-powered ovens warm up batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, pecan praline, and white-chocolate raspberry remain constants on the menu, and a new flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all frosted with a signature blend of cream cheese and butter.
Each Nothing Bundt Cakes location also houses its own stock of gifts. Patrons may come across the brightly hued handle of a confetti cake knife or opt to take home an old-fashioned tin, perfect for stowing coffee and imprisoning gingerbread men who have tried to run away. Contact the location of your choice for gift pricing and availability.
Emulating a true-to-life New York deli, the interior at Gandolfo’s conjures the bustling streets of the Big Apple without the clamor of subways or the rush of the city. Inside each franchise—Gandolfo's locations, like New York City's five boroughs, are spread across 15 states—New York memorabilia dons the walls, overlooking helpings of more than 70 New York–themed sandwiches. From the Long Island chicken salad to the pastrami-stuffed King of Queens, each variety comes piled high atop a freshly baked hero or kaiser roll or sourdough, wheat, or rye bread. The deli also sates Manhattan–size appetites with chili-soaked Nathan’s hot dogs and relieves morning cravings with bagels buried beneath turkey and roast beef.
Dream Cakes' talented bakers whip up cakes for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and baby showers, each one of which is custom made with inventive shapes and vibrant colors of frosting and fondant. Award winning master chef, Alyssa Ramsey fashions wedding cakes covered in edible lace and flowers or dazzles birthday boys and girls with towering multi-tier desserts decorated with their favorite animal, superhero, or 19th-century vice president. Each cupcake or full-sized cake delights the palate with flavors such as red velvet and lemon, with fresh fruit and jam fillings, or with interiors of rocky road, banana, and chocolate-mousse cream.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Though recently opened at this location, Patty's Cakes and Desserts has been lovingly constructing hand-decorated and freshly-baked cakes and other desserts since 1985. Patty's original flavors and piping-bag artistry are on display with cupcake eye-catchers like the Elvis (luscious banana cake, peanut butter, and bacon) and chocolate with chocolate Chambord mousse cupcakes (both $3 each). Cake balls, Patty's moist, chocolate-dipped spheres, come in flavors like German chocolate with almonds, classic red velvet, and s'mores ($3 each or $36 for a dozen), and can be used in minor league baseball games.