Nothing can turn a dignified adult into a
kid faster than ice cream and candy. So let’s track down some of
my favorites. Here
are some really sweet shops I have visited in the past few
Borden’s Ice Cream
Shoppe in Lafayette, Louisiana
In 1940, Elsie, the Borden’s cow, and
Borden’s ice cream parlors were all over the country. So when
the one in Lafayette, Louisiana opened it was no special event.
Today, that is the last remaining Borden’s ice cream parlor in
the entire world making it something very special. After all,
“If it’s Borden’s, it’s got to be good.”
What I sampled: Hot Fudge Sunday
Velvet Cream in
Velvet Cream which opened on July 23, 1947
at its current location, 2290 Hwy 51 S., is the oldest,
continuously-run restaurant in Desoto County, MS. Back then it
was more of a hamburger and milkshake joint where local kids
hung out. Hwy 51 was still a gravel road and the business was in
what was once a cotton field. Today,. Highway 51 is busy and
paved and Velvet Cream is one of DeSoto County’s most popular
places to get any kind of ice cream.
They offer 230 flavors of ice cream most of
which are available in several products such as cones, sundays
What I sampled: White Chocolate Ice
Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee
Ice cream is great, Candy is super. Offer
them both and you have a winner in my book. Lofty Pursuits is a
winner all the way. Not only do they serve ice cream and candy,
they make them. Lofty
Pursuits is even more than an Ice Cream and Candy store. They
are a yoyo museum and a interactive museum of vintage toys.
While there you (or your youngsters) can open a drawer and take
out a toy from the good old days to play with. Those kids who
have never experienced rotary phone can dial a 1920's pay phone
there and listen to all sorts of recordings related to famous
persons. The museum
theme is furthered by some 19th century candy making
Lofty Pursuits has special game days where
patrons can compete. For adults there are even some alcoholic
milkshakes and other drinks.
I was there when owner, Gregory Cohen, was
making some hard candies. Just watching was a treat.
What I sampled: Chocolate Soda, Root Beer
Float, Chocolate Sunday and naturally a piece of freshly made
Peterbrooke in Jacksonville
Downtown Jacksonville is not where you
expect to find an ice cream parlor and candy shop but that’s
just where you find Peterbrooke, one of the biggest names in the
candy business. It’s just steps away from The Landing,
Jacksonville’s downtown hub oin the river. Chocolate covered
popcorn is one of their specialties. It’s not all you will find
here however, every kind of specially designed candy and tons of
ice cream to satisfy any sweet tooth. They serve coffee for the
more sober-sided souls.
Peterbrooke was founded by a Jacksonville
woman, Phyllis Geiger, who named the company for her two boys,
Peter and Brooke.
What I sampled:
Mango Ice cream
Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville
If there is a familiar scent about Sweet
Pete’s it because it’s founder is none other than the “Peter”
from “Peterbrooke.” Sweet Pete’s has become the go to place in
downtown Jacksonville for fun, dining complete with bar, rooftop
patio and dessert bar, naturally there is ice cream and candy..
It’s housed in a historic Victorian building, The Seminole Club,
just catty corner from Hemming plaza.
The décor alone is worth the trip. It’s
Mary Poppins meets Alice in Wonderland.
YYou won’t want to leave the first floor but do drag
yourself upstairs where you can watch the candy being made. Also
the ice Cream parlor is on the second floor.
There are lots of kids’ events and some for
adults too. Try the candy making class./p>
What I sampled: Sea Salt Caramel Candy
American Roads and
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