Happiness Now: “Ice Cream Shops”

What's in a name? Sweetness, flavor and refreshment! Travelers to Pennsylvania and residents alike are familiar with some of the state’s iconic ice cream shops, but there is more to discover and enjoy this summer as the temperatures rise. Check out some of Pennsylvania’s best ice cream shops that boast memorable names and can’t-miss experiences, and be sure to pay a visit to your longstanding favorites, too.

It’s in the name:

Sweet Jeanie’s Ice Cream Parlor — aka “the happiest place in town” — is an old-fashioned soda fountain and ice cream parlor in Grove City. The 1948 soda fountain compliments the beautifully restored 1906 building where the ice cream is made on-site. They also recently added grill items to their offerings, which sounds like the perfect summer pairing!

Need help finding Petrucci's Ice Cream in King of Prussia? Keep your eyes peeled for the giant wooden chicken by the roadside. Their frosty desserts (ice cream, gelati, and water ice in numerous flavors and combinations) are perfect for cooling down on a hot summer night — as are the frozen, chocolate-covered bananas.

Miss Mollie’s Soft Serve offers ice cream delights galore, plus hot food just a few miles from Raystown Lake. Miss Mollie’s offers unbelievably huge, custom-crafted banana splits, and customers can mix and match to get the unique soft-serve ice cream delight they crave. 

Buff's Ice Cream & Lunch in Brookville offers old-fashioned ice cream, milkshakes, and sundaes. The sweet treats don’t stop there – Buff’s also offers homemade candies! 

Marg and Ernie Hild opened Hank’s Frozen Custard on June 4, 1952. Marg’s father Henry — nicknamed Hank — served as the inspiration for the shop’s name. The machines they use to make the custard are the original ones bought by Ernie in 1952 when he opened the business. 

Get your sweet treat fix after enjoying lunch at Jordan’s Soft Serve, a small, local, family-owned restaurant in Kittanning.

KICK stands for Kristin’s Ice Cream Korner. This Kittanning staple is family-owned and operated, serving both soft-serve and homemade hand-scooped ice cream. Their flavors are made fresh in-house, and are guaranteed to have you coming back for more! Try an original flavor like Maple Bacon Bourbon or Raspberry White Chip! 

Just two miles outside of Moraine State Park, you’ll find a 13-foot custom-made snowman building made out of fiberglass. The Snowman serves refreshing shaved ice treats in 24 flavors. You can order regular shaved ice, or go for something a bit different with the Bumble slush drink or the Yeti — shaved ice mixed with chocolate or vanilla ice cream and topped with whipped cream.

Ice cream icons:

No need to wait for Throwback Thursday for a trip to the past. The nationally lauded Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia combines the charm of a turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor with to-die-for homemade ice cream. 

The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is known for a wide variety of homemade ice cream flavors and is over 150 years old. The Berkey Creamery also offers an annual course in January for those who want to learn about the ice cream-making process. The course has attracted such industry icons as Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, and Haagen-Dazs, as well as many more well-known brands. 

Some of the yummiest ice cream in Lancaster County can be found at the Amish-owned Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland. Watch the Jersey cows being milked, interact with friendly peacocks, and best of all, enjoy one or more of their 16 creamy homemade flavors in a picturesque farmland setting.

After a day exploring beautiful Ligonier, visit the Ligonier Creamery for a sweet treat! This homemade ice cream is made with locally-sourced high-quality ingredients. Favorites include Gob Cake Ice Cream, Chipper Sandwich, Coffee Bar or traditional Banana Split. 

With flavors such as Wild Maine Blueberry, Indonesian Sumatra, and Double Dark Chocolate, Sweet Willows Creamery in York County is a paradise for ice cream lovers of any palate. True ice cream enthusiasts will want to tackle The Weeping Willownator – a whopping 12 scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, eight toppings, two whole bananas, chocolate and rainbow jimmies, peanuts and a cherry on top.

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