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Maryland Dishes up the Ice Cream 

 

Maryland Dishes up the Ice Cream

Americans are passionate about their banana splits and milkshakes. According to an article in the August 2001 edition of Bon Appetit, the United States literally tips the scales when it comes to producing ice cream and other frozen treats. Americans produce more than 1.6 billion gallons of these desserts each year.

And guess who started it all? A Marylander named Jacob Fussell. Way back in 1851, he was the first guy to open a wholesale ice cream business. Fussell, a milk salesman, began using excess cream to mass-produce “ice cream” for the residents of steamy Baltimore. He soon tasted sweet success, devoted his dairy to making ice cream rather than selling milk, opened factories up and down the East Coast and became “the father of the ice cream industry.”

Today visitors to Maryland can pay homage to Fussell by visiting one of his old delivery trucks, on display at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. But maybe a better way to celebrate ice cream is to sample a scoop or two. Here’s a list of some places in Maryland to get a “double dip” – great ice cream and a special atmosphere. This list is by no means comprehensive, but it should perk up some taste buds. And remember that many sites are seasonal, so call ahead to be sure they’re open.

For more information about travel to Maryland, call 800-719-5900 or visit the state’s tourism web site at www.visitmaryland.org.  

A Sampling of Ice Cream Shops and Stops
 

CENTRAL MARYLAND

Anne Arundel County

 

Storm Brothers Ice Cream Factory
Founded by Thomas and Sveinn Storm in 1976, this ice cream shop is a favorite stop for visitors to Annapolis. The ice cream is the “hall of fame” for two regional brands, providing the best flavors of both Jack and Jill and Hershey’s. There’s nothing quite like eating a scoop of “Muddy Sneakers” (white chocolate ice cream with caramel swirls, candied peanuts and chocolate chips) or “Mud Pie” (coffee ice cream with a chocolate swirl, plus caramel and nuts) while watching the passing boat traffic along “Ego Alley.” Besides serving cups and cones, Storm Brothers is happy to provide pints and quarts for patrons with big appetites – or more than one mouth to feed. 130 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-263-3376  

Baltimore City  

Lee’s Ice Cream
Lee’s promotes itself as the inventor of Oreo ice cream. Their version is brown rather than white because of the way it’s processed, and patrons rave that it’s a much more satisfying experience than what “cookies and cream” is at most other outlets. Another specialty is “Arbuckle’s Delight,” an old-fashioned chocolate chip ice cream tribute to Wendell S. Arbuckle, the world-famous ice cream authority who helped the founding family develop their process. Lee’s hot fudge sauce has been noted by Good Housekeeping as a “top chocolate innovation” on the continent. The factory supplies its own Lee’s store as well as at least seven other outlets across the state (see Need Ice Cream, below, and the St. Michaels Candy Company on the Eastern Shore). Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion, 301 S. Light Street, First Level, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410-727-8776  

Need Ice Cream
Could there be a more perfect name for an ice cream shop? This one sells Lee’s ice cream in such dazzling flavors as blueberry, coconut, peach (made only from fresh Maryland peaches, so it’s seasonal), butter pecan and cookie dough. There’s always a selection of sorbet, fat-free yogurt and sugar-free/fat-free yogurt, too. The shop is located in Roland Park, just a short drive north of the Inner Harbor area of the city. There are plenty of restaurants around, so this site caps off a perfect evening out. Be sure to pick up one of their magnets or bumper stickers bearing the famed slogan: “Need Ice Cream. A question. A statement. A destination.” 506 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210, 410-261-5555  

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop
It’s just not a meal in Little Italy unless it’s capped off with dessert at this pastry shop. Though the cannoli and Italian cookies are tempting, the gelato – served in a dish that could double as a fishbowl – is the real showstopper. The gelato is also a major component in many of the shop’s dessert concoctions. A great way to try these out is to stop by on a Monday night between 6 and 9 p.m., when it’s all the dessert you can eat and all the coffee you can drink for just $10.95. And if it’s your birthday, be sure to take a photo ID. You’ll get a free dessert out of it. 222 Albemarle Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, 410-685-4905, www.vaccarospastry.com; Vaccaro’s also has suburban outposts at local malls, of which Owings Mills and Annapolis malls serve a limited selection of gelato flavors  

Baltimore County  

Moxley’s
An ice cream shop named for the owner’s dog? Why not? And with ice cream this tasty, Moxley the dog sure seems to know what he’s doing. Flavors change regularly, but peppermint stick, pumpkin pie and “Mojo” (a jazzed-up version of cookies and cream) are among the temptations here. The location, within easy walking distance of spicy Thai restaurants, peppy Italian places and the local movie theater, makes it a perfect end to an evening out on the town. 25 W. Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, 410-825-2544, www.moxleys.com 

Carroll County
 

Baugher’s Country Restaurant
As if the country-style dinners inside (think turkey and stuffing, meatloaf, and the like) and the fresh produce stand out front aren’t enough, Baugher’s also boasts some terrific ice cream. Get it in a cone -- or order a slice of fresh fruit pie, top it off with a scoop or two and attack it with reckless abandon. Flavors run the gamut from the standards like vanilla and chocolate chip to the popular fruit flavors, including peach, cherry and raspberry. 289 W. Main Street, Westminster, MD 21158, 410-848-7413, www.baughers.com 

Hoffmans’ Ice Cream
This old standby is a favorite among students at nearby McDaniel College and citizens from the countryside within a 30-mile radius. On a warm July night, the line stretches out the door and into the parking lot, but nobody seems to mind. All the ice cream is handmade, with flavors ranging from strawberry cheesecake to peanut butter ripple. 934 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157, 410-857-0824, www.hoffmansicecream.com


Harford County
 

Bomboy’s Home Made* Ice Cream (*Editors: This is how Bomboy’s spells it.)
The Bomboy family made a name for itself by providing handmade chocolates to the town of Havre de Grace for nearly 25 years. In 2001 the chocolate shop moved to bigger quarters across the street, leaving the smaller shop for son Charlie to transform into an ice cream parlor. With a hefty supply of chocolates from the family store and a degree in ice-cream making from Penn State, he has the materials and know-how to develop such custom flavors as “Duck-Duck-Goose” (caramel-based ice cream with caramel streaks and a ribbon of milk chocolate-infused creamy peanut butter) or “Hokey-Pokey” (chocolate malt ice cream with chunks of chocolate fudge). 329 Market Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078, 410-939-2924, www.bomboyscandy.com 

 EASTERN SHORE  

Cecil County


Canal Creamery
Overlooking the C&D Canal, the busiest canal in the United States, the creamery offers both an unbeatable view and a fabulous selection of frozen delicacies. Get a scoop of “Happy Days” (peanut butter, fudge and peanut butter cups), “Bananas Foster” (bananas, caramel and rum flavoring) or one of 13 other flavors, settle at an umbrella-covered table outside and then just watch the ships pass by. On summer weekends, there are sometimes free musical concerts in the small Pell Gardens right across the street from the creamery, so visitors can get added entertainment at no extra charge. 9 Bohemia Avenue, Chesapeake City, MD 21915, 410-885-3314

Woody’s Ice Cream
Woody’s Crab House has long been a favorite among crustacean connoisseurs. When owner Peter Wood added an ice cream parlor next door to the beloved crab house, he quickly hit a sweet spot among visitors. The 20 flavors include seasonal favorites like apple, pumpkin and “Fourth of July” (a blend of red, white and blue ice creams). So after enjoying hot, steamed crabs, diners can partake in cool satisfaction of old-fashioned ice cream sodas, milkshakes, made-to-order sundaes and banana splits. Any child who eats at the crab house gets free ice cream for dessert. Now who could ask for more? 29 S. Main Street, North East, MD 21901, 410-287-3541 

Kent County  

Durding’s Store
For nearly 80 years, the staff has been faithfully operating this soda fountain in the small waterman’s town of Rock Hall. The marble countertop and tin roof are just two of the architectural elements that add charm to the location. But what folks really come here for is the ice cream – milkshakes in such exotic flavors as coconut and chocolate cappuccino or sundaes topped with hot fudge or caramel. The most daring patrons opt for “Durding’s Delight,” a wedge of warm apple pie topped with cinnamon ice cream, whipped cream and a touch of cinnamon. 5742 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD 21661, 410-778-7957, www.sailingemporium.com/durdings.htm 

Somerset County  

The Ice Cream Gallery
Who’d have thought that here in Crisfield, the “Crab Capital of the World,” one could find the quintessential ice-cream experience? The shop offers 24 flavors of ice cream representing the Edy’s, Jack and Jill, and Double Rainbow brands – plus Rosati Italian water ice. Flavors run the gamut from the usual chocolate, vanilla and strawberry to such gourmet selections as Butterfinger. Besides the obligatory cups and cones, ice cream is presented in the form of sundaes, shakes, floats and malts. The shop doubles as a crafts outlet for local artisans, and an added bonus is the spectacular view out over the water. 5 Goodsell Alley, Crisfield, MD 21817, 410-968-0809  

Tropical Chesapeake
This is the all-things-to-all-people stop in Crisfield. A small eatery serves oven-baked deli sandwiches, and a gift and clothing store shares the same space. But the draw on a hot summer night is the ice cream. Favorite flavors of the Double Rainbow brand include “It’s a Goody” (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter and chocolate chips), hazelnut truffle and butter pecan. 712 Broadway, Crisfield, MD 21817, 410-968-3622  

Talbot County
 

Justine’s Ice Cream Parlour
On a Saturday afternoon in June, this may just be the most jumpin’ joint in all of St. Michaels – which is saying a lot. Located right on Talbot Street, the main path through town, Justine’s does its share of scoops in cones. But the real appeal here is the specialty milkshakes, which feature such whirled-in delicacies as peanut butter and candy chunks. A true favorite is the “Creamsicle” milkshake (vanilla ice cream blended with orange juice). 106 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, 410-745-5416

Olde Towne Creamery
An old-fashioned ice cream parlor presents ice cream in every conceivable way, including ice cream cakes that are sold by the slice. Flavors include such concoctions as mint chocolate chip, mocha almond fudge and chocolate éclair. House specialties are the homemade whipped cream that tops many of the creations and seasonally inspired sundaes. 9-B Goldsborough Street, Easton, MD 21601, 410-820-5223

St. Michaels Candy Company
This charming shop features candy cases filled with handmade truffles and shelves lined with displays of pottery, cookbooks and home accents. When summertime rolls into town, the sweet selection expands to include Lee’s ice cream in such flavors as fresh peach, fat-free peanut butter yogurt and “Death by Chocolate” (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips). 216 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, MD 21663, 410-745-6060, www.candyisdandy.com 

Worcester County


Dumser’s
For many folks, a beach vacation isn’t complete without at least one trip to Dumser’s. Dumser’s has been part of the history of the beach resort’s Boardwalk since 1939, and its popularity has resulted in a string of locations throughout Ocean City. Hand-dipped flavors include coffee, “Oreo Crush” and “Hawaiian Delight” (a blend of cherries, pineapple and bananas swirled into vanilla ice cream). At the sit-down locations, expand your horizons – and your waistline – with a Super Sundae. Selections include the “Dusty Dumser” (three dips of vanilla capped with hot fudge, crushed malted milk balls, whipped cream and a cherry). Various locations, including three on the Boardwalk, 49th Street and Coastal Highway (410-534-1588), 124th Street and Coastal Highway (410-250-5543) and Route 50 in West Ocean City, www.beach-net.com/dumsersm  

SOUTHERN MARYLAND  

Calvert County  

Tasty Kwik Diner
This old-fashioned diner is decorated in a ‘50s motif – a theme that is further carried out with Thursday-night car shows. Specialties of the house include both soft-serve and hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream in such flavors as “Moose Tracks” (vanilla ice cream swirled with peanut butter cups and chocolate fudge) and even just plain old vanilla. Ice cream can be delivered in the form of simple scoops, or jazzed up in milkshakes, ice cream floats, malted milkshakes, sundaes, old-fashioned banana splits and “brownie boats.” 1541 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick, MD 20678, 410-535-3242  

CAPITAL REGION  

Frederick County  

Simple Pleasures
Located near the array of stores that comprise Frederick’s Everedy Square and “Shab Row,” this is the perfect place to take a respite from shopping and refuel with a sugar boost. The homemade fudge is top-notch, but sometimes only an ice cream cone will do. If that’s the case, choose from such creamy blends as chocolate éclair or peanut butter ripple, and select a gourmet cone flavor like chocolate chip cookie or pretzel. The ice cream is a brand called Jack and Jill, produced in neighboring Baltimore. 252 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701, 301-631-5225  

WESTERN MARYLAND  

Allegany County
Queen City Creamery
Bring back the good old days with a visit to Queen City Creamery. Located in historic downtown Cumberland, this 1940’s style soda fountain features award-winning flavors for their homemade frozen custard. 108 Harrison Street, Cumberland, MD 21502, 301-777-0011 www.queencitycreamery.com 

Garrett County  

Lakeside Creamery
Vacationers at Deep Creek Lake spend their time swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and participating in all sorts of other calorie-burning activities. And it’s a good thing, because Bill Meagher’s homemade ice cream is sure to replace a few hundred of those calories. His specialty flavors – including chocolate raspberry truffle, apple pie, and cantaloupe – win the hearts of patrons; the vanilla and chocolate annually claim prizes at the National Ice Cream and Yogurt Retailers Association convention. The specialty of the house is the “Muddy Creek Sundae.” Named for one of the area’s waterfalls, this treat is a blend of premium chocolate ice cream crowned with hot fudge, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a cherry. 20282 Garrett Highway, Oakland, MD 21550, 301-387-2580, www.lakesidecreamery.com  

Washington County


Clopper’s Orchards
Folks who visit these orchards looking for fresh-picked fruit are in for a special treat, because Clopper’s also boasts an outstanding ice cream counter. Three of the 20 flavors – strawberry, black cherry and peach – are literally the fruits of Clopper’s’ labors. The orchard sends fruit to Antietam Dairy in neighboring Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, where it’s transformed into small batches of ice cream to be sold at the farm. Supplies of these flavors are limited, so patrons have to get there at the right time. If they miss the fresh fruit varieties, visitors can find plenty of other flavors, including standards like chocolate and vanilla, gourmet varieties like peanut butter cup and pistachio, and seasonal favorites like apple pie and pumpkin. 23334 Fruit Tree Drive, Smithsburg, MD 21783, 301-824-7106  

Potomac Street Creamery
Located along the road to Antietam National Battlefield, Potomac Street Creamery is a favorite stop for battlefield visitors traveling by car or even by bicycle. The creamery makes its own own, soft-serve version of “Creamsicle” (a vanilla and orange blend) and also scoops popular Hershey’s and Edy’s brands of ice creams in such popular flavors as butter pecan, mint chip and cookies and cream. If a cone doesn’t seem to be enough of a splurge, visitors can opt for a specialty sundae (peanut butter cup is a big seller), milkshake, float, banana split or ice cream sandwich. And for those watching their waistlines, the creamery also dishes up Columbo frozen yogurt. 9 Potomac Street, Boonsboro, MD 21713, 301-432-5242  

Superior Ice Cream and Snack Bar
Superior provides the perfect to-go snack to prepare visitors for a stroll in nearby City Park, considered one of the most beautiful municipal parks in America. A company called Muhlenberg, based in nearby Pennsylvania, makes the ice cream especially for Superior. Popular flavors include cotton candy, “Crazy Vanilla” (vanilla with shockingly bright colors added to it), peanut butter swirl and strawberry cheesecake. Superior specializes in “the works” – everything from cones to milkshakes and then some. 500 Chestnut Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-790-0650  

 

UPDATED 6-05

 

 
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