Thursday, 26 April 2012
All the talk about ice cream in this and that post recently got me thinking about my favorite warm weather treat. I don’t savor ice cream as much in the winter, so I only begin my indulgences in May or June. I remember one summer I was eating ice cream four times a week; let’s just say all that ice cream ended up in places other than my blissful mouth. Let’s also say I spent a lot of time in the gym once the fall months rolled in. Anyway, I try to enjoy ice cream in moderation if possible, however tempting it may be to eat it daily in New York July heat. When the time comes to indulge, here are my favorite ice cream choices/places:
I prefer going to the shop because it is more of a novelty to look at all of the ice cream on display and choose my flavor(s). I can also leave without having inhaled a whole pint My favorite flavors here are dulce de leche, caramel cone, peppermint bark, and chocolate peanut butter. I never get toppings or sundaes here, just ice cream; I like to appreciate the creaminess and flavor Haagen Dazs always delivers.
Believe it or not I have one two storefronts away from my job and have never gone in (to that location). It’s so much fun to choose your base and then add in all sorts of goodies. I love getting the cheesecake ice cream and adding graham crackers and whatever other fruity or nutty topping I am feeling that day.
This neighborhood homemade ice cream shop has been my family’s go-to for two decades. It has an old school feel with stools, burgundy booths and old checkered tile. They have everything from banana splits to root beer floats, and everything is delicious. I like getting maple walnut ice cream with homemade hot fudge, or cherry vanilla with marshmallow, OR rum raisin with butterscotch.
Jaxson’s is another family owned restaurant serving up insanely amazing ice cream, except this place is in South Florida. I always end up getting a waffle sundae. The waffles are buttery and crispy—I am drooling as I type. Last time I got a waffle sundae with peach ice cream- they give you 3 scoops!- and butterscotch topping. I was very full.
This colorful little shop is also located in South Florida. They have creative flavors like cinnamon sugar doughnut, carrot cake and peanut butter pretzel.
Once again, this is another family owned business making their own ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ices, and creamy ices. My favorite here is the heavenly chocolate ice cream, which has chunks of chocolate and brownies in a dark chocolate base—heavenly, indeed!
Have you been to any of these ice cream spots? Where are your favorite places to go for ice cream and what do you get when you go?