On a nice hot summer day, how can you go wrong with a trip to go get some ice cream or some other sweet treat? We may not get the heat of Florida but it sure can get hot up here. I know after a nice long mountain bike ride, ice cream always seems to do the trick and cool me down. Fortunately for me, the Whiteface region has a wonderful selection of ice-cream shops and mountain bike trails.
Stewarts Ice Cream
First stop along the sweet treat tour, Stewarts in Ausable Forks. At first you may wonder how a gas station could possibly have some good ice cream. Stewarts actually has some of the best ice cream around! This convenience store chain can be found all over upstate New York and parts of Vermont. You will not find soft-serve ice cream here, but you will find a large selection of many different delicious flavored hard ice creams. Many are gluten free! When you get ice cream you can’t miss out on the large toppings selection you are allowed to dump on your ice cream all yourself! I always go for the melted marshmallow, chocolate syrup and rainbow sprinkles. When i’m not in the mood to have an ice-cream cone, I have found that they make some of the best milkshakes out of your choice of any flavor ice cream!
To a name a few of my favorite flavors:
Adirondack Bear Paw: Creamy vanilla ice cream, caramel swirl, cashew crunch
Blackberry Gelato: Creamy blackberry gelato, blackberry swirl
Death By Chocolate: Chocolate ice-cream, chocolate truffles, chocolate flakes
Loopy Loop: Fruity cereal flavored ice cream, sugar cookie squares
Sugar House Creamery
Second stop on the tour takes us to the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay, NY. Here you will find two farmers, Margaret Brooks and Alex Eaton and their beautiful farmstead creamery. They make thier own aged cheese, raw milk, eggs, meat among many other things. If you're stoping in for a sweet treat, don't miss out on their fine yogurt and maple syrup collection!
Little Super Market
Be sure to stop into the Little Super Market in Wilmington. I always order a sub or sandwich here! This is one of the few places that actually give you your moneys worth of deli meat! Not only are the sandwiches great but it’s also a perfect stop for dessert. Here they serve the classic soft serve flavors with an extra creamy taste! Bring it all outside and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables out front or take a walk out back to the park located right behind the Little Super Market. If you're out road-biking with a group of friends, this is the perfect place to grab some lunch and ice cream to feel refreshed for the rest of your ride.
Whitebrook Dairy Bar
A personal favorite ice cream shop of mine is the Whitebrook Dairy Bar found in Wilmington! Here you will find high quality ice cream made with 10% butterfat. I like my ice cream to be very creamy which is exactly what you get here at the Whitebrook Dairy Bar. Their menu is filled with a great variety of ice cream flavors, sprinkles and dips. I usually stick to the classic twist but I like to add either Andes Mint Sprinkles or Cotton Candy Sprinkles. A few notably delicious dips to add to your ice cream are: blue lagoon, butterscotch and peanut butter dip!
Last stop is A&W. After a nice hard mountain bike ride I always come into Wilmington to grab a bite to eat! Order up and I usually get a cheeseburger or two coney cheese dogs. With every meal though I have to have one of their amazing root beer floats! They freeze a glass and then take it out of the freezer, pour in root beer and top it off with some whipped cream! It’s a must!