July is National Ice Cream Month. What better excuse for exploring ice cream parlors
in Lancaster County. And, in my opinion,
the best tasting ice cream is the kind made from scratch by small, local businesses. Yes, Friendly’s and Ritas and Baskin Robbins
dot the landscape throughout much of the U.S.
We’ve all been to these places and know what they look like. Yes, they are good, but I like to support local,
“mom and pop” businesses that are passionate about what they do. After all, no one screams ice cream like Americans
– we are the top consumers of ice cream in the world!
especially if I missed it.
Staffed mostly by high school kids and spotlessly clean, there is one rule you
must follow. Reminiscent of Seinfeld,
you must step up to order and step back to wait!
moving. Enjoy your sundae or cone on the
picnic benches near the stream. Bring
the kids, their water shoes and maybe a fishing line. They’ll have a ball. Boehringers also serves burgers and fries. My favorite ice cream flavor here: Chocolate Almond Amaretto–but the Peach and
Lemon are great, too.
special flavors will be waiting for you, but there’s always a sugar-free ice
cream, sorbets and sherbets. This is a
great location to grab a cone and walk the streets of downtown Lancaster. I love the waffle bowls here.
serves up food as well, but the hot fudge sundaes served in thick parfait
glasses are my favorite. I have no idea what they are feeding their
hanging baskets out front, but the flowers are spectacular! With over 140 flavors throughout the year,
their selection of home-made ice cream may be one of the largest in Lancaster
County. They also serve sandwiches and
have a candy shop in the back.
Shore, this location has been around for about 30 years. There’s also one in Lititz. They offer burgers and fries too, but we go
for the ice cream. Lots of flavors to
choose from, including soft serve with a bazillion toppings.
restaurant–with a tree growing in the middle of the deck. It’s a terrific stop after biking the
Cornwall Rail Trail. Opened in 1895, the
Jigger Shop serves up meals and colossal sundaes – some of which are served
flaming! There’s a Baked Alaska sundae,
a beignet sundae and a gigantic one that will serve six people. Definitely put this place on your list.
County favorite, this pristine Amish farm is surrounded by corn fields. It boasts
wonderful views, a peaceful setting, and incredible ice cream. They keep the ice cream a pure experience
here – you have a choice of about 10 flavors, served in a dish or a cone. The best entertainment is sitting and watching
the Amish buggies go up to the drive-through window. They sell five-gallon buckets of ice cream
and I can remember my dad taking 6 of these back to Ohio! My favorite flavor is coconut. Kids love to watch the milking of cows and the
feeding of the calves, and there’s usually a peacock around, too. There’s a large deck with picnic tables. When we first started going here, Lapp’s was
just a tiny little room where they scooped the ice cream – and the line of
customers stretched outside and around the building!
Hardware Building, this restaurant serves a full menu of food, but its ice cream
concoctions are the main draw for me. If
you’re lucky, you may catch one of Lickity Split’s food trucks around,
too. They feature Leiby’s ice cream and
creative sundaes like Plowed Field and Sweet Road Apples. And something called Philadelphia Water. If you drink their Cowabunga Shake (6 Pounds
and equal to 2 ½ regular shakes) in 10 minutes or less, you’ll get it free. Don’t forget to take your picture out back in
the photo booth – props and disguises are included in the fun.
takes up one little spot on the gigantic buffet, we had to include Shady on
this list because they usually carry 3 sugar-free varieties, making my husband
very happy. Be sure to check out both
ends of the smorgasbord as they can be different.
Splits and Giggles, Lancaster – This is a tiny
neighborhood parlor, whose menu is almost bigger than the building! There are only two tables inside, but they
serve up soups, sandwiches and 24 flavors of Hershey ice cream, sorbets and
Italian Ice – and usually have a sugar-free flavor or two on hand.
school, and they know a good thing. There’s
a rotating selection of Turkey Hill Ice Cream combined in a dizzying array of
flavors, toppings and sizes, including several sugar free choices. Enjoy your ice cream inside or at the walk-up
Hill which is available everywhere (read our previous blog to learn more about
the Turkey Hill Experience), and Hershey brand, which is available almost everywhere!
spot in Lancaster County. What’s my
favorite? I haven’t decided. I’m
Special thanks to my mom for accompanying me to most of