Though any emotion can be read into Mona Lisa's mysterious smile, scientists have identified the glint in her eyes as simple lust for dairy products. Tantalize portraits with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats at Tasti D-Lite in Franklin.
Tasti D-Lite's glacial machines churn low-calorie desserts that forge their own niche, as they do not contain the butterfat to qualify as ice cream or the live cultures of frozen yogurt. The desserterie’s 120 flavors contain between 70 and 100 calories per 4-ounce serving and flaunt lower levels of carbs, fat, and jack-in-the-box clowns than other treats. Guests pump their own combination of peppermint, chocolate, cake-batter, and key-lime concoctions ($3.29+) or enlist a staffer to expertly swirl a shake, smoothie, or blended coffee ($3.99). A chilly elixir infused with peanut butter and marshmallows melds nostalgic flavors in its ice-cream-like depths, and an açaí offering calls upon the tart glory of the purple fruit. Much like the stork’s delivery fee, a self-serve dessert’s cost depends on its weight and cuteness.