is heaped on sugar cone or smothered in sprinkles and chocolate
syrup, we love our ice cream. We eat 24 quarts of it per person
per year – more than any country in the world – and about one-quarter
of that total is consumed on those be-good-to-yourself visits to
an ice-cream shop.
The Harrisburg area is blanketed with ice-cream shops. When The
Patriot-News Co. Recently polled readers on their favorite ones,
, no less than 31 different shops were mentioned.
|Out of 31
shops we came #1 and #3
From the crunchy-topped
"jigger" parfaits at Mount Grena’s Jigger Shop to the
banana splits at Annie’s in Campbell town, midstaters clearly know
what they like and where they like to go to get it.
Some people would almost rather fight than switch away from their
trusty ice-cream shop, judging by the nature of some of the calls.
"I’d walk to Carlisle for a Massey’s frozen custard,"
claimed one caller, Harrisburg’s Sharon Madden.
For others, a visit to a favorite ice-cream shop is more than a
sweet treat but a family affair or a walk down memory lane – or
both, as Newville’s Gladys Henry relates:
"I’m 61 years old, and as a small child, my dad would take
us to "The Igloo" on a hot summer evening or for a Sunday
afternoon drive. This was always a big treat for my brother and
me. I’ve taken my four children and eight grand-children to "The
It also was clear from the poll’s
is not just the opinion of one reporter, it is base on opinion
of 236 people!
and letters what midstaters value most in an icre-cream shop.
Time and again, the phrases "friendly
service" and "cleanliness" came up.It’s
obvious we also like lots of different choices of flavors. The more
And more than a few readers said it was "big helpings at a
reasonable price" that led them to their favorite place.
So just which shops topped the poll?
Three stood out.
The top vote-getter was Ice Cream
Heaven, a tiny, two-window, takeout only shop at 6220 Derry St.,