Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Franklin Fountain: We all Scream for Ice Cream!

Green tea ice cream on a waffle cone. 

Franklin Fountain is a veritable shrine to the traditional ice cream parlor.  Its vintage authenticity radiates out of every nook and cranny.  From the porcelain sign that dates back to 1920 to the marble counters and the all white uniforms on the staff, this place looks like the real deal. But looks can be deceiving.  (Remember how pretty my rhubarb relish looked?  Ugh, the flavor just came back to me.  Pause for deep, cleansing breath, nibble some chocolate to eradicate the gross out).  The proof is in the tasting, and, after a few bites of Franklin Fountain's ice cream, we were sold.

The Franklin Fountain sources all of its ingredients from local providers, starting with family owned dairy farms in Berks and Lancaster counties.  Fruits, nuts, chocolates and other flavorings are also sourced from local purveyors.  Of course, we're advocates of locally grown ingredients and supporting family farms, but ultimately, if the results are weak, it doesn't matter whether the building blocks came from next door or Timbuktu.  Fortunately for all of us, the results are stupendous.  The variety of flavors is interesting without being ridiculous.  My daughter had the green tea, which she said was "refreshing, an excellent palate cleanser."  (Can you tell her mom is a food writer?).

The peach, sampled on a previous visit, was fantastic, ditto the blueberry and black raspberry.

Other members of our party enjoyed:
Mt Vesuvius--ice cream, brownie chunks, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and malt powder.

Chocolate coke float

Lightning Rod--brownie topped with coffee ice cream, a shot of espresso, chocolate covered espresso beans and a pretzel.

We couldn't write about this place without mentioning that they were featured on Man vs. Food...in case you missed it, you can watch the episode here.

What's your favorite ice cream place?

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