Written By: Melissa Minners
For as long as I can remember, ice cream has been my favorite dessert. Who doesn’t remember begging their parents for money the minute they heard the familiar song that accompanied the neighborhood ice cream truck. Back then, it was Mister Softee who would drive around our neighborhood and my favorite treat from his truck was a chocolate shake so rich and creamy that I would sigh with each sip. If Joe’s Ice Cream truck happened to be in the neighborhood, I would beg my mom to buy me a Yoo-Hoo Ice Cream, a frozen treat that tasted just like the drink.
As years have passed and my ice cream tastes have matured, I have discovered I have numerous favorites found only in a select few locations. Rita’s makes a terrific frozen treat called a Blendini, a mixture of Italian Ice, frozen custard and crunchy ingredients. My favorites at Rita’s is the Oreo Blendini, which features chocolate ice, chocolate custard and Oreo cookies, and the Brownie Blendini which features chocolate ice, vanilla custard and brownie pieces. At Carvel, my favorite pick is the Coffee Shake.
At Baskin-Robbins, my favorites are the Mint Chocolate Chip Shake and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae. Funny enough, that is also my favorite at Friendly’s. Peanut butter cups are also featured in my favorite Hershey’s Ice Cream, Hershey’s Moose Tracks.
What ice cream connoisseur hasn’t tried Cold Stone Creamery where the ice cream is made fresh daily and the combinations of ingredients are endless. My favorites at this “Super Premium” ice cream shop are JELL-O Butterscotch Pudding Ice Cream, a rather new flavor that I wouldn’t spoil by adding toppings, and the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection which not only features peanut butter cups but also fresh gobs of real peanut butter.
Knowing that just about everyone loves ice cream, I decided to ask our readers and staff members about their favorites. Here’s what they had to say:
Justine Manzano: Carvel’s Mint Chocolate Chip Shake, Cold Stone’s Birthday Cake Batter and pretty much any kind of mint chocolate chip ice cream sold in the store.
Ismael Manzano: Cold Stone’s Birthday Cake Batter, Baskin-Robbins’ Peanut Butter Cup Sundae and Häagen Dazs Cookie Dough Ice Cream.
Dorothy Doremus: Rita’s Vanilla Custard with sprinkles, Kohrs’ Chocolate custard with sprinkles, Carvel’s Flying Saucers, Friendly’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae, Cold Stone’s Mint Ice Cream with chocolate chips and TCBY’s Chocolate soft serve with sprinkles.
Darkphoenix: I’ve a thing for chocolate malts, myself. Somewhat recently I’ve found two places that have relatively perfected that which is The Malt, and neither even really specialize in ice cream at all. The first being a fast food chain by the name of Hardees (a standard malt, perfectly executed), and the second being Ghirardelli’s in San Francisco (a standard malt on chocolate steroids.).
DocMidnite: Though they have renamed it…Dairy Queen used to have the Hot Fudge Brownie Delight. Vanilla soft serve ice cream over 2 moist chocolate brownies, hot fudge and whipped cream. Chocolate and peanut covered frozen bananas are a guilty pleasure.
The place here in NJ where The Sopranos filmed their last scene..”Holstein’s” used to have Lemon ice cream..not sherbert but honest to God lemon ice cream. It was spectacular. Another great memory of my Grandmother as she lived 2 blocks from the place and we walked there often.
Bcool: This one is kind of weird and exotic but what the hell. It’s called a Fire Eating Sundae… the sundae part is normal, just as you like it… the fire eating part is a sugar cube soaked in lemon extract. Then you put the sugar cube on top of the sundae and light it. It’s more for show than function but hey flare is half of fun.
Redladyreba: Gotta go with Bananas Foster for the decadent, yet awesomely cool to watch being made dessert. Bananas are mixed in with some brown sugar, caramel, and booze and then lit on fire for a few brief showy seconds before being poured over vanilla ice cream. Yanno it could probably taste nasty and I’d still say it was an awesome desert just cuz they lit it on fire lol!
Derek Quinzel: Mint Chocolate Chip is the only ice cream I like.
Jaguarin: Coconut …. best!
There you have it, just a few frozen favorites that make our mouths water. A special thanks to all of those who contributed their favorites to my particularly long list. Do you have a favorite we haven’t touched on in this article? Feel free to let us know!