SCO reveals the most scrumptious summer ice cream places
Ah, warm weather. It instills a pleasant sensation of happiness in everyone, especially students ready for the summer. It also implants a desire for cool, creamy ice cream that epitomizes the perfect summer dessert. Soon people everywhere will be searching for a smooth, edible haven from the sweltering summer heat, and Silver Spring has no shortage of venues for ice cream. As always, SCO has done the research and generated a list that separates the merely edible scoops from the tantalizingly delectable ones.
Most Variety - Coldstone Creamery
821 Ellsworth Dr.
Best Flavor - York Castle Ice Cream
9324 Georgia Ave.
A sweet aroma, proof that the ice cream is made on premises, envelops visitors who stop in this café of tropical delight. The high quality of York Castle ice cream is unquestionable because of its freshness, although partakers must be prepared to pay the price for superior taste. One scoop costs $3.79 and a pint is as much as $6.99. However, the creaminess and intense flavor found in all ice creams at York Castle is worth the price. Especially tasty are the specialty tropical flavors unique to the café such as Guava, Ginger and Mangoberry, a cool mango flavor with a hint of strawberry. Classics such as Coffee Chip and Oreo are not to be missed, and the shop earns points for distinctiveness in their creation of a Grape Nut flavor that contains actual pieces of the cereal. Perhaps the most scrumptious flavor, however, is also one of York Castle's newest and most creative inventions. Harambe, as it is called, contains a blend of only those flavors native to the areas once home to President Obama. The combination of Coconut and Pineapple represents his time in Hawaii, Orange and Banana represents his connection to Africa and Rum reveals his residence in Chicago. The result is a fusion of tropical flavors that offers a fruity relief from the summer heat.
Most Interesting - Ben and Jerry's
903 Ellsworth Dr.
Best Overall – Moorenko's Ice Cream Café
8030b Georgia Ave.
Often overlooked despite its bustling location on Georgia Ave., Moorenko's takes the cake – or ice cream cake – among all the local ice cream places in terms of quality, price and originality. With fun and scrumptious flavors ranging from Cotton Candy to Black Raspberry, the little café exhibits breadth in variety while maintaining the crucial element of creamy, cool flavor. The cost to experience this tastiness falls just below the price of York Castle ice cream, making it a little on the expensive side yet still doable considering the plentiful flavor and topping options. Nut-lovers go for the smooth Salted Caramel flavor that contains a perfect balance of salted nuts dipped in sweet caramel within Sweet Cream ice cream. For those who enjoy the simple yet elegant, try the Cinnamon or Pistachio White Chocolate. The chunks of white chocolate that mark Moorenko's unbelievably flavorful version of Pistachio ice cream place it a notch above York Castle's Pistachio. Realistic, delicious flavors are what Moorenko's does best, as seen in the Black Raspberry and Peppermint Stick, playfully colored pink, blue and yellow. Wire ceiling decorations and colorful, fruit tablecloths complete the fun ambiance of the café.
Looking for even cheaper cones? There's always Chick-fil-A, where Icedream cones are less than $2.00, although they have a consistency resembling that of finely crushed ice. Or, unknown to many, Potbelly serves fairly inexpensive ice cream, but the variety does not extend much farther than Chocolate and Vanilla. Indulging in truly delectable ice cream sometimes requires sacrificing the few dollars that were previously set aside for a trip to the pool, but the gratifying sensation of swallowing a creamy, sweet spoon of ice cream is well worth it. Happy scooping!
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