In November 2019, I happened to flip on the TV just as the founders of The Yard Milkshake Bar in Gulf Shores, Alabama, made a pitch on Shark Tank. Ultimately, investor Mark Cuban offered $400,000 towards future franchises in exchange for 22 percent of the profits from the new locations. Today, this sweet business offers customers 34 different ice cream flavors plus 60 different toppings. There are even vegan, lactose- and gluten-free ingredients plus eight versions of edible cookie dough.
Leave it to New Orleans, Louisiana to figure out how to party during a pandemic. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival draws upwards of 475,000 music lovers to the city the each year from the last weekend in April through the first weekend in May for seven days of music, art and food. The festival, which draws obsessed fans from all corners of the globe, took place every year for 50 years. Until 2020, which would have been its 51st.
Doumar’s Cones and Barbecue The world’s first waffle cone maker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Story by Abby Stewart In downtown Norfolk, Virginia, sits a timeless drive-in: Doumar's Cones and Barbecue. Here, carhops still come out to your car wearing soda jerk caps, serving up the best fresh-squeezed limeades and scratch-made
Licorice International Licorice heaven in Lincoln, Nebraska. Story by Lisa Waterman Gray Photos by Kathy Plunkett Photography Who would have guessed that a Lincoln, Nebraska company offers the nation’s largest selection of black licorice? Danish Trollendrop, Kerr’s Licorice Toffee from Canada, and bite-sized Italian Rombetti by Amarelli are only a
Strawberry Hill Povitica Story by Diana Lambdin Meyer Povitica is a mouthful, starting with its pronunciation. Even long-time customers of the indulgence at Strawberry Hill Povitica in Kansas City commonly mispronounce poh-va-TEET-sa. Povitica is a Slavic word for a delightfully rich bread that can be found in Eastern Europe as
It’s one of the United States’ most iconic candies—just maybe the most iconic this country has ever produced. After all, what other sweet treat has had its durability tested by a world-renowned university, guest starred in a hit television show, boasted its own world eating championship, and be featured in annual art contests? No candy other than PEEPS, the sugar-coated, brightly-hued marshmallow confection made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by the third-generation family-owned outfit Just Born, which also produces Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.
Georgia-grown peaches are recognized for their flavor, texture, and appearance. Georgia, which is proudly nicknamed “the peach state,” designated the peach as its official state fruit in 1995. Georgia ranks as one of the nation’s top four peach-producing states and harvests several different varietals of peaches from May to August. Come during peach season to load up on crates of peaches to enjoy at home.
Chicago might be noted as one of the Midwest U.S.’s meat and potatoes (and pizza) capitals, but during the last century it’s earned the title"Candy Capital of the World." Back in 1884, the national Confectionery Association was founded in Chicago. In those days, the Windy City boasted 69 candy factories, including the companies that introduced Snickers, Baby Ruth, Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms and even Cracker Jack.
The mere thought of chocolate can bring smiles. Cacao has been used to uplift the spirits of those lucky enough to get their hands on it since it was first discovered. These days, there’s great news for all chocolate lovers: Not only can chocolate satisfy sweet teeth, it’s chock full of antioxidants and other health benefits—let that fact quell any guilt you may feel about indulging in bars or truffles! To help ensure you’re never without a sweet treat—especially on vacation!—trust your taste buds to these 10 drool-worthy chocolatiers and chocolate-making tours across the U.S.A.
With the summer heat turned on full blast, it can be nearly impossible to stay cool during a Southern summer. Down in Cajun Country, we rely on a couple of cool treats to help beat the heat, rather than sitting in front of an air conditioner. Starting in late spring, roadside snowball stands crank out their awnings and line up colorful syrups. Customers in need of sweet shaved ice in a variety of flavors come in droves throughout the summer for a cool treat that's as affordable as it is refreshing.