$6 for Two BeaverTails Pastries ($12 Value)
Whole-wheat BeaverTail pastries are float-cooked in canola oil and topped with butter and a choice of toppings, such as banana, chocolate, vanilla icing, cinnamon, and sugar.
It's easy to identify a youngster who has recently paid a visit to BeaverTails—their chins are often covered in chocolate and their expressions are fixed with dreamy, satisfied grins. The source of these chocolaty smiles is the shop's namesake pastry, a whole-wheat pastry hand-stretched to look like a beaver tail. A marginally healthier alternative to deep-fried donuts, the pastries shallow-cook in soya or canola oil before dessert-smiths top the buttery confections in decadent toppings, such as candy, chocolate, and icing.
When it comes to other sweet treats, BeaverTails embodies a thoroughly democratic attitude. The shop lines its colourful shelves with chocolate and bottles of candy, carving out space for the self-serve frozen-yogurt station that pumps swirls of the 98% fat-free treat. Patrons may also indulge in fresh gelato or sorbet. The private party room plays host to decorating workshops that invite participants to top their own BeaverTails.