by Pamela Crabtree
Ummm Ummm Good! Rejoice as July is National Ice Cream Month and there’s nothing tastier on a hot, humid day than a double dip cone or a sundae loaded with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. Unlike many situations in life, enjoying an ice cream treat doesn’t have an age limit.
According to the International Dairy Foods Association (idfa.org), “Ice cream’s origins are known to reach back as far as the second century B.C., although no specific date of origin nor inventor has been indisputably credited with its discovery. Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar.”
America was introduced to the frozen confection somewhere around 1744 with its first advertisement in a New York newspaper in 1777. Since then ice cream has evolved from being a delicacy, for the rich, to a dessert enjoyed by all people. The most popular item remains the ice cream cone, which made its debut in the USA in 1896 courtesy of Italo Marchiony an Italian immigrant.
Drive up for a dip
Though soda fountains and ice cream boys on bikes are more part of history than the present, there are many ice cream stands in our area. Many offer frozen goodies as well as an array of food choices from hamburgers to breaded shrimp and fries.
Many ice cream stands are only open in the warmer weather, closing when cold weather arrives, so when October arrives.
Here are a few drive-up ice cream shops in our area. ENJOY the treat!!!
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt 5908 W. Sylvania Other various locations
Bob Reino and his wife Pat own Mel-O-Crème at 1512 Woodville Road, Millbury, Ohio. Reino says that, “Ice cream cones are our best sellers with sundaes coming in second. Vanilla is our number one flavor, chocolate comes in second, followed by orange sherbet.” Reino boasts “an extensive food menu with 20 different sandwiches.”
“Peak times are after the children are out of school and after 7pm,” adding that even neighborhood ice cream vehicles will stop in to Mel-O-Crème “for lunch and an ice cream treat.”
Freeze Daddy’s 8080 Monclova Rd. | Monclova
Netty’s 4672 Monroe St. Other various locations
Kristin Brewer owner of Frozen Frenzy, 3333 Airport Highway says her “mom and pop ice cream parlor serves 20 flavors of soft serve and hand dipped ice cream with Butter Pecan, Superman and Peanut Butter Landslide being the most popular.” In addition to ice cream they serve chili dogs, chicken wings, chicken sandwiches and chili cheese fries.
Pearsons Ice Cream 3219 Seaman Rd. | Oregon
Tim Temple owner of Timbos at 5437 W. Alexis Road, Sylvania, says “Timbos sells 26 flavors of ice cream and Coney dogs topped with our homemade Coney sauce.” Mr. Temple says their turtle sundae is a popular item and the most popular ice cream flavor is “vanilla… always vanilla.”