It's summer, it's hot (well it's kind of warm) and it's ice cream season! There's nothing that says summer like walking around eating an ice cream cone. If you scream for ice cream, head outside and indulge your craving.
(539 Liberty Ave.) This place delivers a double scoop: their fabulous ice cream in crazy yummy flavors, and the fact that buying ice cream there actually helps someone's dream come true! Here's how it works. "Dreamers" submit an online application for the opportunity to tell their story while scooping ice cream. Selected dreamers choose an ice cream flavor from 100 options including Banana Cream Pie, Death by Chocolate, Movie Popcorn, Red Velvet, or Strawberry Cheesecake to represent their cause. At the end of the month, they receive a portion of the sales from their flavor! Hmmmm, great ice cream and a cool cause. Hand me a napkin!
(936 Penn Ave.) If I had two sons their names would be Ben & Jerry! This is probably the Cadillac of ice creams. The shop is located in the Cultural District. There's lot of unique flavors like Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, Save Our Swirled (raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and raspberry swirls), The Tonight Dough (Caramel and Chocolate ice creams with chocolate cookie swirls and gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough.) What's not to like?
(901 Penn Ave.) A nice little local chocolate and ice cream shop. This small, bright, pink, sweet shop is full of the best kind of creativity…creativity with chocolate and ice cream. Originally from New York, owner Chris Weck learned the ins and outs of the chocolate biz from his uncle who owns a shop in Chicago. My favorite is the blackberry cheesecake ice cream. Give it a try but use caution: it can be addicting!
(2801 Penn Ave., Strip District) James and Mary Klavon first opened Klavon’s in 1923 as a neighborhood apothecary and ice cream shop. Still reminiscent of an old-fashioned ice cream shop, Klavon's has original marble countertops, stainless steel fountain equipment, revolving stools, and an old wooden phone booth. The ice cream is fantastic, all from Penn State Creamery, which some of the flavors reflect such as Peachy Paterno and Alumni Swirl. They also have sundaes, sodas, floats and splits.
(626 Smithfield St., Downtown) No we're not talking hot dogs, we're talking ice cream! There's a walk-up window where you can get soft-serve ice cream. My colleagues and I refer to it as "WWIC" – Wiener World Ice Cream! Uttering this acronym at the office makes everyone run for the door. Suggestion: get it in a cup with sprinkles (jimmies). They put sprinkles on the bottom, adding more between each swirl of ice cream. Sprinkles in every bite. Oh yeah! Just make sure you check your teeth afterwards if you get the sprinkles!
Ice Cream Hut (5 Market Square, Downtown). Add a little twist to your day and head over to Market Square to get a frosty treat. There's a walk-up window serving soft ice cream. $2.50 buys you a cup or cone of no-fat chocolate yogurt, low fat vanilla ice cream, or a twist of both.
Ok, I need to end this blog so I can go and get some ice cream! Where is your favorite place for a sweet treat?
Suzie McGrane is an avid Pirates fan, has a sweet tooth, is a world traveler and has a big disco ball in her cellar. She’s been known to dance around her office on Friday afternoons.