By Michelle Bronson, Executive Director
Our annual ASL Summer Program consists of daily morning activities and field trips to keep families busy and learning for a week before children return to school. One of the many goals of this program is to develop or enhance participants’ ASL skills while exposing them to new places within the Central Valley. It is fun to teach signs for different occupations, objects, and obsessions as we go from place to place, activity to activity, dessert to dessert, and did I say sweets? Yes, indeed! Some of my new obsessions include savoring a red velvet bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes and pina colada yogurt with cookie dough, mochi, and cheesecake toppings from Menchie’s, both located at the Willow and Herndon shopping complex. To satisfy sweet cravings, be sure to stop by at either place, depending on your mood. Soft, moist cake? Head to Nothing Bundt Cakes. Smooth, creamy yogurt? Menchie’s then! Both are absolutely delicious and you can’t go wrong at either place.
Employees at both places graciously provided a group of us, consisting of more than 20 people, with a tour of their facilities and a sampling of their goodies. In fact, we were surprised with our very own individually-wrapped white chocolate raspberry bundt cakes, which were very flavorful. Nothing Bundt Cakes is a small, delightful chain store with a colorful array of cake platters woven with ribbons, candles, and cards, in addition to an enclosed glass display of bundt cakes in a variety of flavors, available for sale. Not only does Nothing Bundt Cakes provide bundt cakes, they also bake on site 8” to 10” bundt cakes, tiered bundt cakes, bundtlets, bundtlet towers, and bundtinis (bite-size morsels). Flavors include red velvet, chocolate chocolate chip, lemon, marble, pecan praline, carrot, white white chocolate, cinnamon swirl, and white chocolate raspberry. Who says you have to choose only one? You now have a great excuse to go more than once in order to sample them all!
After having cake, we were ready to have some yogurt, which we got from nearby Menchie’s. We learned how they make and safely store yogurt of different flavors and that they shop for fresh fruit each and every day. Quality and taste are important to the owners. Some flavors are offered on a daily basis while others are rotated out, depending on popularity, availability, and season; hence, my pina colada yogurt that day, which was a summer flavor. Delish! Menchie’s offers a variety of different-flavored yogurt, including mango, vanilla, pomegranate, cheesecake, coffee, strawberry, among others. It is a self-serve place, meaning you can select and mix different yogurt flavors and then smother your creamy delight with toppings of your choice, such as nuts, fruits, syrups, and candy pieces.
The morning began and ended on a sweet note, a little bundt cake at the beginning and yogurt at the end, a wonderful way to satisfy cravings of the insatiable sweet tooth and for knowledge of how certain treats are made. For instance, I love knowing that yogurt is a healthier option than ice cream and can be dairy-free, which is perfect for people who are lactose-intolerant, like my daughter. It is also nice to know that I can have my cake and eat it too by having a bundtini—a bite sized cake without the guilt!
A big thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes and Menchie’s for providing participants of DHHSC’s ASL Summer Program with an informative tour and tastings of sweets available for sale. Thank you for being “sweet” on us, and you can bet we’ll be back for more!