Sometimes in the hot, muggy days of summer, only one food has the power to truly cool you down and refresh your taste buds: Ice cream. Whether it’s classic chocolate, vanilla or strawberry or your favorite exotic flavor, ice cream helps to beat the summer heat and is a perfect daytime or evening treat. If you are looking for some new ice cream parlors in your neighborhood, here are five great local places to try around Pittsburgh.
Kalvon’s Ice Cream
2801 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the strip district, Kalvon’s ice cream is a trip down memory lane. This former pharmacy soda fountain has many of its original fixtures while offering your current favorite summer treats. For a taste of nostalgia, try a rootbeer float or ice cream soda, like the strawberry fields made with strawberry syrup, soda water and strawberry ice cream. Or opt for an old fashioned split—the chocoholic delight is every chocolate lover’s dream: chocolate ice cream atop a chocolate fudge bar, topped with hot fudge, chocolate whipped cream, chocolate dust and chocolate jimmies. Kalvon’s also has hand dipped ice cream from the Penn State Creamery with favorites such as UPSU coffee break and death by chocolate.
Scoops Ice Cream
4806 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Scoops Ice Cream in Bloomfield offers a variety of tasty treats, including festive cakes for any occasion, cupcakes, cake pops, push pops, specialty sundaes and slush puppies. Try the nutty buddy sundae with chocolate peanut butter ice cream topped with hot fudge and peanuts. Scoops also offers hand dipped ice cream on a regular or waffle cone. If you want your treat to last a few evenings, you can take home a pint or a quart or order an ice cream cake for an upcoming special occasion.
Krency’s is known for delicious cakes and doughnuts, but it’s the ice cream that really shines. After a fun day at Washington Park, mosey over to Krency’s to enjoy a classic chocolate, vanilla, twist or flavor of the week soft serve on a cake cone. Extra toppings such as sprinkles and chocolate coating are available. Krency’s also has Cyclones, sundaes and milkshakes with chocolate, caramel and fruit flavors and toppings.
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413 Bower Hill Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017
Dari Delite is a small, independently owned seasonal ice cream shop that is the favorite of many locals who leave near the Bridgeville area. Dari Delite offers both soft serve and hand dipped Hershey’s ice cream. You can also enjoy your favorite sundae, cyclone or shake flavor here. Visitors take note: this ice cream shop takes cash only and is open seasonally from Memorial Day-Labor Day.
600 Beaver St.
Sewickley, PA 15143
The Sewickley Confectionery is a great place to go for all things dairy, especially ice cream. At Sewickley Confectionery you can find Perry’s hand dipped ice cream in 32 ever changing flavors. If you are in the mood for something a little more gourmet, the shop offers Gelato from the Mulberry Street Creamery. Death by chocolate is a staple, but the other flavors change frequently, so there is always something new to try.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.