I love everything about the summer months – I love spending time doing outdoor activities with family and friends; I am passionate about accomplishing as much as I can on those long days where the sun doesn’t go down until close to 8 p.m.; and finally, I love to beat the heat with a bowl of bone-chilling ice cream.
My favorite ice cream spot is a place on Martha’s Vineyard called Mad Martha’s. Their pistachio ice cream is to die for (one of those few times I don’t ponder the calorie count, I just enjoy.) Unfortunately, Mad Martha’s is an 8-hour car ride and 45 minute ferry ride from home, so my ability to indulge is limited to periodic New England vacations.
That’s not to say that good ice cream spots don’t exist a little closer to home. To find out about some of those out-of-the-way and not so out-of-the-way spots in our local communities, we asked our employees for their suggestions, and we were overwhelmed!
Today we will feature locations and recommendations in Pennsylvania; on Thursday this week, more from Pennsylvania as well as locations in New Jersey and Maryland.
I dare you to give them all a try before the summer is out!
3B Ice Cream 111 McKelvey Road, Dauphin – Favorite: CMP sundae with coffee ice cream, strawberry cheesecake, party cake and blueberry buckle. Custom gourmet flavors, huge servings.
Antietam Dairy Ice Cream 834 S. Church St., Waynesboro, http://antietamdairy.com/ Favorite ice cream: black raspberry, grapefruit, white turtle. 60 varieties.
Berries Frozen Yogurt 2347 Oregon Pike Lancaster – Favorite: Vanilla frozen yogurt with peanut butter sauce, hot fudge and mini M&M’s.
Boehringer’s 3160 N Reading Rd, Reinholds – Favorite ice cream: Cookies ‘n cream, strawberry or lemon; also a unique “no sugar added” flavor of ice cream. Feed the ducks and splash in the creek while there.
Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream 1085 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville – Favorite ice cream: soft- serve peanut butter.
Carmen and David’s Creamery 25 N Prince St. Lancaster – Favorite ice cream: chocolate peanut butter. Locally-owned shop that uses local ingredients. Sugar-free, dairy-free; 20 delectable flavors offered.
Carousel ice Cream Shoppe 940 Warm Spring Rd., Chambersburg – Favorite ice cream: chocolate-chocolate. Good ice cream and unique gift shop.
CeGee’s 833 Park Rd., Blandon – Favorite ice cream: soft-serve chocolate.
Dippin’ Dairy 324 Market Street, Lemoyne http://dippindairy.com/ Dozens of hand-dipped, homemade cones to pick from with Hershey’s ice cream
Eders Ice Cream 2282 State Route 87, Montoursville – Favorite ice cream: chocolate chip cookie dough, meltaway, butter pecan and dark chocolate. Low price, large scoop, homemade by the same family for generations.
Leola Freeze and Frizz 2250 New Holland Pike, Lancaster – http://leolafreezeandfrizz.lbu.com/
Favorite ice cream: soft-serve chocolate and vanilla with sprinkles. Free movies on Fridays and Saturdays on a large, inflatable screen.
Freeze and Frizz 45 N. Broad St., Lititz – Favorite: thick chocolate milkshake. I like the atmosphere, kind of like stepping back in time.
Grecos 2 locations: 49 North Broad Street, Lititz and 119 East Main Street, Ephrata – Favorite: coconut gelato.
Hurr’s Dairy Ice Cream Shop 901 Market Street, Sunbury – Favorite: pineapple sundae with peanuts and whipped cream.
Isabella’s Ice Cream Parlor 110 East Main Street, Lititz http://www.isabellasic.com/ Favorite ice cream: nuts about pecans, Whitehouse cherry and red velvet. Homemade pretzel and waffle cones, including cones dipped in Wilbur chocolate. Family-owned and operated; family-friendly.
Jigger Shop Gettysburg Ave & Rt. 117, Mount Gretna – http://www.jiggershop.com/ Favorite: A “jigger” – vanilla ice cream, butterscotch or chocolate topping, whipped marshmallow and “jigger nuts,” and a pineapple upside down cake sundae. Old-time soda fountain; tucked in the woods among other local attractions.
Kristy’s Whistle Stop 600 South Enola Rd., Enola – Favorite: “Big Daddy” sundae: vanilla soft serve, layers of chocolate chip cookie dough, peanut butter topping, whipped cream and a cherry. Unique 50’s atmosphere.
Lapp Valley Farms 244 Mentzer Road, New Holland – (Four recommendations). Favorite: chocolate ice cream or peanut butter twirl in a waffle cone, chocolate marshmallow and raspberry. Excellent chocolate milk, too! Love the aroma of the fresh waffle cones. Beautiful farm with friendly animals, peacock, cows, deer, and more.
Lickety Split 209 E. Main Street, New Holland, http://lickitysplit.info/Home_Page.php Favorite ice cream: vanilla and moose tracks.
Mack’s 2695 South Queen Street, York, http://macksicecream.com/ Favorite ice cream: raspberry with a scoop of chocolate on top. The ice cream is an old family recipe and it is delicious. Not your traditional smooth ice cream; more of a sandy texture.
Mikie’s Ice Cream & Green Cow Gift Shop 179 South Antrim Way, Greencastle – Favorite: banana split, Oreo candy creams and homemade waffle cones. Something for everyone – great gift shop, arcade, and ice cream.
Milky Way Route 75, Ft Loudon – Favorite: Peach and strawberry sundaes. Fruit sundaes are based on what’s in season.
Mill General Store 219 Mill Road, Morgantown, http://themillroadfarm.com/ Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip. Old-time general store with unique gifts, local foods and hand-dipped ice cream. Sit outside in the barnyard-style play area for children, also offers art workshops upstairs in the gallery.
Nelson’s Ice Cream 627 Main Street, Royersford, http://www.nelsonsicecream.net/flavors.htm
Favorite ice cream: graham slam. Fresh, delicious, locally made ice cream.
Pepe’s 51 S Chestnut St, Mount Carmel – Favorite: Oreo blast or teaberry milkshake. Best ice cream around
Pine View Dairy, 2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster http://www.pineviewdairy.com/- Favorite ice cream: chocolate almond. Enjoy homemade ice cream down on the farm while visiting with the calves.
Look for part two Thursday of this week.
By the way, June is National Dairy Month, so take some time to thank dairy farmers for their hard work and enjoy some ice cream!
This blog post was contributed by Kim, Susquehanna’s Corporate Communications Manager.