In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, The Liverpool Review asked you to submit your favorite places to get a cone, sundae or other frosty treat.
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, President Ronald Reagan declared July to be National Ice Cream Month in 1984. The president’s proclamation recognized ice cream as a fun, nutritious food enjoyed by 90 percent of the nation’s population. The U.S. ice cream industry generates more than $21 billion in annual sales and provides jobs for thousands of citizens. About 9 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream. .Reagan called for Americans to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
What could be more appropriate than sharing your favorites with the community?
Vicky’s Tasty Treats
My family and I love to stop by Vicky’s Tasty Treats on a hot day to cool down. It has the best ice cream around, and the atmosphere is very pleasant and personal. We also love to look at the photos on the wall of people we know enjoying their ice cream. My mother especially loves the orange and white soft ice cream twist. We all hope that Vicky’s will be here for a very long time.
The Walsh family of Liverpool
Christopher’s Good Times Ice Cream
My favorite ice cream stand is Christopher’s Good Times Ice Cream in Mattydale near the Hollywood Theater. I love their soft serve– it’s the richest and creamiest ice cream I’ve ever had. I’ve tried at least 10 different ice cream stands in the area this summer, and I can’t find one that beats their soft serve.
Pappy’s Ice Cream
What’s my favorite ice cream place? I’m glad you asked. It’s Pappy’s Ice Cream. And, if you’re not familiar with it, Pappy’s is located on Burnet Avenue, near the Teall Avenue exit, off Route 690. It is owned and operated by Dominick’s Restaurant, so now you have a clue as to the quality of ice cream served there.
Pappy’s is my favorite ice cream place because it serves the best custard (soft ice cream) around. My order is simple: a small chocolate/vanilla twist on a cone at $1.75. Unless you’ve tasted it, you can’t imagine or compare.
My highlight was being at Pappy’s one sunny afternoon when a horse-drawn carriage pulled up. The driver stepped down from the carriage and placed an order for two vanilla (custard) cones with rainbow sprinkles; one was for her passenger. I couldn’t resist asking, “What’s the special occasion?” I was told, “A wedding”. How neat is that? I watched as excited children gathered around but soon it was time for the horse and carriage to head out. It isn’t often that you get to see a horse-drawn carriage, heading down Burnet Avenue, carrying two females with ice cream cones-in-hand — except for maybe at Pappy’s!
Gilligan’s Island (the editor’s choice)
You can’t find better homemade ice cream than Gilligan’s Island on Main Street in Sherburne. I know it’s a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it — they have hard and soft ice cream in about 50 different flavors, plus sorbet, milkshakes, sundaes, burgers and other assorted artery-clogging goodness, and everything is hand-made. My roommates and I used to drive down from Colgate to the stand in the warm weather, so it brings back lots of good memories.
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.