5) F’real Milkshake, Green n’ Go Convenience Store
I don’t know whether it’s the ice cream or just the awesome milkshake-making-machine, but this stuff is seriously cool. The consistency is great (especially since you get to pick your own), and there are a variety of different flavors. Add in the convenience of it being right on campus, and you’ve got the makings of a great frozen treat.
4) Cookies n’ Cream milkshake, Chickfila
This is good all year round, but I especially like in the wintertime when Chickfila introduces the Peppermint Cookies and Cream shake. With or without peppermint, though, this shake makes a wonderful addition to an already delicious Chickfila meal, the perfect complement to those salty waffle fries. And who doesn’t love the whipped cream and cherry on top?
3) All Lovin’ No Oven, Cold Stone Creamery
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Cold Stone, first of all, go and find one. Right now. This post can wait until you come back. Cold Stone Creamery takes rich, delicious ice cream and mixes in a variety of ingredients, allowing you either choose one of their signature flavors or create your own by choosing your own mix-ins. My personal favorite, All Lovin’ No Oven, mixes Cake Batter ice cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, fudge, and whipped cream in a delicious combination that brings back all those memories of licking the bowl clean after Mom just made cake or cookies. Or, you know, after you made them at home last week.
2) Super S’mores Gelati, Rita’s Italian Ice
When I worked at Rita’s during high school and my first two years of college, I had lots of time to experiment with different flavors, combinations, and mix-ins that the general public didn’t necessarily get to try. By far my favorite of these was my version of the S’mores Gelati, traditionally a layering of S’mores flavored Italian Ice and either chocolate or vanilla frozen custard. My version took things a step farther and added crushed Nilla Wafers and hot fudge to the mix. Combined with the marshmallowy flavor of the ice, these completed the s’more-like taste of the treat, with the Nilla Wafers standing in perfectly for graham crackers.
1) Peanut Butter Ripple, Hoffman’s Ice Cream
A traditional family-owned ice cream shop, Hoffman’s has been the place to go for ice cream in the Westminster area for decades. (It’s actually the place where I had my first ice cream cone on my first birthday, so I’m kind of partial to it). With its cozy, family-friendly atmosphere and large parking lot, complete with a wall that’s perfect for sitting on to enjoy your ice cream in the summer, the place itself is definitely ideal. And then there’s the ice cream, especially my favorite flavor, Peanut Butter Ripple, a glorious blend of vanilla ice cream and huge chunks of fresh, creamy peanut butter. It’s actually great when it’s combined in a double scoop with Cake Batter ice cream, which sounds strange, but the salty peanut butter forms a great complement to the overwhelmingly sweet cake batter, making it my number one favorite local ice cream treat.
Do you know of an Westminster ice cream shop or dish that didn’t make the list? Let me know about it in the comments!