Yesterday I relished my first ice-cream-stand ice cream of the season. On the site of what was five foot high snow drifts two months ago, myself and 10 others waited in line for scoops of Captain Dusty’s in Beverly Farms. . And, the Peanut Butter Fudge was worth it. Ice cream stands and frozen yogurt eating are in my top-ten of life’s most enjoyable delights. I’m certainly partial to certain establishments, but I love trying different places too.
Although I’ve been around the North Shore for about four years now, I first noticed Chandler’s Old Fashioned Ice near the North Shore Mall this winter. A little internet research turns up that they’ve reopened after renovating for some years. I suppose I’ll be checking them out pretty soon.
Ice cream is a recurring theme of mine. I wrote about in this recent post when I first noticed Terry’s Ice Cream in Marblehead. I haven’t been back yet, but I will be soon. And last summer I attempted to eat every one of Dick And June’s Frozen Yogurt Flavors. There are over 30 and I managed 18. (That posts marks the start of the endeavor, but I ‘m proud to report I lost 5 pounds over the course of the summer, but my running friends and pick-up soccer had more to do with that than the Frozen Yogurt.)
In case you’ll be doing a little exploring, here is my Google Map of Ice Cream places of the Central North Shore. Most of these places are within a ten minute drive from my house, many I can walk to. For me, this is an important part of ice cream as well. So, if you know a place which serves up homemade ice cream, local ice cream, or is just a fantastic place to get ice cream and it’s in the Beverly, Salem, Danvers, Peabody area let me know. (Please, no suggestions of Friendly’s, Dairy Queen, Rita’s, Ben and Jerry’s, or any other large scale ice cream places.)