February 24, 2017
Flint’s Twistee Treat, Orlando, Florida
Open all year
The great thing about Florida is that ice cream is always in season! And we needed to chill after our flight from Newark (which was a smooth ride, on time, with no turbulence or problems). As we drove along the Florida Turnpike, we could not help but to reflect on the sound barriers bordering the highway – The Florida sound barriers are etched with palm trees and birds, a refreshing change from the sperm-etched sound barriers along New Jersey highways. I guess that says something about each state, but I am not sure what.
Flint’s Twistee Treat in Orlando Florida is a classic ice cream stand with a roof that looks like a giant ice cream cone. They serve “six flavors” of soft ice cream. To me it was actually three flavors – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry – and twist combinations. The music played through speakers located at the ordering window, so we had to put our head through the window to order. I felt a little like Droofus the Dragon. I got a strawberry-vanilla twist and Don got chocolate-vanilla twist. The serving size was quite generous and the ice cream was quite good with creamy, soft texture. Seating was outside at tables with benches.
February 18, 2017
Sugar Shack, Middletown, New York
open all year
Some towns have beautiful, bustling downtowns, some look more like ghost towns. Middletown, New York is somewhere in the middle, especially in the winter. We figured that a year-round ice cream shop here was either very good or very new (political correctness is not my forte). We were quite pleased to find the Sugar Shack was the former – very good.
The Sugar Shack is reminiscent of a classic ice cream parlor with tables and booths, colorfully painted and nicely decorated with a few candy canisters on the counter top and freezer display cases showcasing the ice cream choices. One wall had art work from a local school that was changed every month. The picture seen on the wall behind us is a ‘sugar scull’ whatever that means. The Sugar Shack presently serves soups, salads and sandwiches, and plans to have a full kitchen open next month. For pre-ice cream appetizers I had soup and Don had chili – both homemade and amazingly good. Their ice cream was Hershey’s or Perry’s and their were lots of flavors to choose from (even vanilla). I had a butterscotch sundae with Peppermint Bark Moose Tracks and Brownie Sundae ice cream. Maybe a weird combination, but I enjoyed it! There were lots of other toppings to choose from. We had a nice chat with the owner who was very friendly and passionate about her business. This place is worth s visit.