The Soft and Hard of Ice Cream Windows

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Alix Klingenstein

Swirls and Twirls for locals

I might say that this article is in honour of my husband.  'Why don't you write something about soft serve with summer around the corner?"  He was thinking about the classic- the American neighborhood window business, shall we say.  This thought created an instant memory which was our first foray for ice cream many years ago.  He drove us to Dairy Twirl at 39 Mechanic Street in Lebanon, and I will admit that I can still taste the rich maple soft serve I had chosen that hot July day.  I am usually the boring vanilla selector. There is just something about that gentle egg white colour and the butter, the cream and the sugar- with nothing to intervene and clash. However, I had never been subjected to a maple option and those who know me know that caramel, brown sugar and butter, maple sugar or maple cream are never ever ever to be rebuffed.

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It now seems that soft maple ice cream is THE creemee to choose if you are a Vermonter - THE soft serve of choice in general these days.  

Ice Cream Fore-U  is another delicious choice with a good location in West Lebanon down by Home Depot and the Golf & Ski Warehouse.  They have a playground for children as well.   These people get very creative with their soft serve; apart from traditional chocolate and vanilla, they do black raspberry or blueberry and many rave about their banana.  There are a couple of no-sugar flavours.  As the weeks progress, other options will abound.  Finally, the scoopers are extremely generous and we all know what that can mean for overindulgence.  In fact, you may choose from a baby serving to a quart.  Even our beloved canines have an option.

When we visited the delightful Samurai Soul Food in Fairlee, click here we were reminded of the Whippi Dip just next door as well as The Wright Scoop about three and a half miles south at 6901 Route 5 in Fairlee, Vermont.

Just west outside Woodstock is the beloved White Cottage.  As the years go by post-Irene, the setting just keeps getting better with lots of seating and lovely views of the Ottauquechee River.

I will also add Sandy's in Sharon on Route 14.  We followed a friend last year for whom this stop was ritual as a young man on weekends.  I was most impressed that the woman greeted us in a very friendly manner eventhough we had just pulled up as she was closing.  She lifted her window and switched on another light then proceeded to scoop merrily as we argued over cones and containers!

To update, I have heard from several people and will also mention The Baited Hook on Route 4a as well as Tozier's Restaurant in Bethel who touts the 'Best Maple Creemies' but to call ahead to be sure of supply!  Click here

They all really offer some wonderful combinations, especially the hard specialties and are always a perfect stop for snacking or a dessert.  Why not use the Talk/Comment link below here and give readers your opinion and favourite fusions?

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