At Lebanon's community-centric DQ Grill & Chill, the signature Blizzard attracts a loyal following with its mingling of classic candies and other toppings blended with ice cream. The friendly, family-run staff loads real fruit into premium fruit smoothies and piles scrumptious toppings and confections onto soft-serve Royal treat sundaes. An array of predecorated cakes is encapsulated within the in-store freezer case, and DQ staffers can also design custom slogans for cakes, such as “Happy Birthday!” or "No Pets Allowed." In addition to its diverse population of creamy desserts, several of which are dairy-free, the treatery doles out savory bites such as chicken-strip baskets and hamburgers.
At Peachy Yogurt Bar, dairy mavens procure milk from St Louis-area farms, which they then transform into 10 flavors of low-fat, nonfat, and indulgent yogurt. Many flavors spotlight local ingredients such as Goshen Bona Fide espresso, which can be tasted in the cappuccino blend. The yogurt aficionados’ emphasis on local roots extends to the shop itself: patrons tread or leapfrog across floors made of Missouri white oak, dine on tables manufactured nearby, and enjoy local artwork and photography on the walls.
The Cup bakes more than a dozen cupcake flavors that revolve every week, making room for new flavor features and seasonal specials. The classic combination of chocolate buttercream and fluffy yellow cake inside the Gold Rush ($2.75) is always available for prospectors to purchase with their own newly sifted nuggets. Patrons alight on lime-green stools as they break through the latticework of a streusel-encrusted sugar glaze to access the Cuppa Coffee Cake ($2.95). The Grasshopper ($2.75) was a recently featured confection, with an Andes mint spelunking into vanilla-mint buttercream. The Pumpkin Harvest ($2.75) treat will induce jack-o'-lantern grins September–December. A selection of The Cup’s from-scratch buttercream is also available in gluten-free incarnations.
Since the first store opened in 2010, YoMyGoodness has brought its low-fat yogurt and unlimited toppings bar to five locations throughout the state. With active probiotic cultures and about 100 calories per serving, Yo My?s yogurt makes for a healthy dessert treat. The offerings can vary between locations and change from day to day, but there are always 12 flavors of yogurt?each made locally?and over 25 self-serve toppings.