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Stay Chill in 2020

Ice Cream Shops Serve Up Yummy Distractions

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ice Cream at KICK PHOTO BY ANITA BOWSER

By Anita Bowser

The 2020 season got off to a bumpy start for many area ice cream shops when social distancing and pandemic concerns had an impact on operating hours and capacity limits. Fortunately for most ice cream vendors, customers are accustomed to walk up windows, outdoor seating, and drive-thru service. So, adjustments weren't so difficult for most ice cream lovers.


Join us here for a tour of local ice cream parlors. We challenge you to try them all before the season ends. Bon appetit!


KICK

322 Butler Rd, West Kittanning

724-545-3289


For the past seven years, Kristin Hagofsky has been scooping fun and funky flavors at her brightly-colored ice cream shop in West Kittanning. KICK -- Kristin's Ice Cream Korner -- offers soft serve vanilla and chocolate and a changing selection of homemade hard scoop ice cream and frozen treats.


Regulars know Kristin is adventurous when it comes to flavor creations. She welcomes flavor suggestions and is willing to try just about any kind of ice cream. Think Ranch or Pickle flavors.


One of the most popular of KICK's nontraditional flavors has been Maple Bacon Bourbon, which Kristin likes to serve annually about half way through the season. It's just one of many fan favorites at KICK.


Kristin says people seem to love anything with peanut butter. And, it's hard to keep Strawberry Pretzel Salad Ice Cream in stock.


My personal favorites are Shark Attack -- an aqua-tinted ice cream with red raspberry swirls and white chocolate bits; Peanut Butter Explosion; and Allman Brothers Joy.


Taster spoons are always available, and guests are encouraged to try new flavors. Hard ice cream flavors change from week to week, and following KICK on Facebook is a good way to keep track of changes.

KICK offers tasty treats in West Kittanning PHOTO BY ANITA BOWSER

The shop serves a variety of sundaes and shakes. The Cake Batter KICK Shake has been a customer favorite for a couple of years. And, people look forward to ice cream pies, which can be ordered later in the season (generally around the holidays).

12-9 p.m.Tues-Sun; 4-9 p.m. Mon (Present Hours)

12-10 p.m. Daily (Summer Hours - starting soon)


KICK typically remains open until November or December, depending on the weather. Guests should watch Facebook for details.


Widnoon Soft Serve's Ice Cream Nachos PHOTO SUBMITTED

Widnoon Soft Serve

911 Mahoning Rd, Templeton

724-868-2464

12-9 p.m. daily

If you’re passing through, the ice cream shop in Widnoon is a great place to stop. If you’re not passing through, it’s worth the trip. The shop, which has been under present ownership for four years, stays open until the end of September.

The most popular flavor is Peanut Butter Ice Cream. And, visitors love the Ice Cream Nachos, which are piled high with the ice cream flavors and toppings of choice. This treat is totally customizable and can mimic any of the shop’s sundaes or tornadoes. Guests can choose from flavors like Chocolate Over-Load, Reese's Cup, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

For flavor updates, follow Widnoon Soft Serve on Facebook.


Myrt's Cafe serves Oreo Rolled Ice Cream PHOTO SUBMITTED

Myrt’s Café

1841 State Route 66, Ford City

724-763-9629

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thurs; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri-Sun


About 50 years ago, the building that houses Myrt’s Café opened as an ice cream shop. Owners Ronni and Matthew Venturini say they feel they’re taking the place back to its roots.

Maple Bacon at Myrt's Cafe (above) & various desserts below PHOTOS SUBMITTED

For the past year, Myrt’s has served Sunny Rolls Rolled Ice Cream, named for the building’s original moniker Sunny Lane.


Guests can order at the walk up window and watch their dessert being made through closed circuit TV. The Venturinis call it “dinner and a show.”


Popular flavors include Oreo, Maple Bacon, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Hot Fudge Brownie, Fresh Fruit and the flavor of the month. This month, it’s Peanut Butter and Pickle.


For more information about desserts and frozen drinks, follow Myrt’s Café on Facebook, and order online at Orderspoon. Myrt’s will be open until early October.






Jordan's Soft Serve

440 Butler Road, West Kittanning

724-545-1107

11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Daily

Banana splits are the number one ice cream request at Jordan’s Soft Serve. Under the current owner, the shop has been pleasing local ice cream enthusiasts with hefty portions since 1981. Jordan's is expected to stay open until late October. The best way to find out about specials and flavors is by calling the shop. Follow them on Facebook as well.

Sweeties Ice Cream

6273 Leechburg Rd, Leechburg

724-845-9106

12-9 p.m. Daily

The Yinzer Banana Spilt and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are crowd pleasers at Sweeties. The shop has been dishing out ice cream for over 25 years and expects to be open until late September. For details, follow Sweeties Ice Cream on Facebook.

With apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone, here’s a list of other ice cream shops to include in your tour. Before visiting, contact each shop for hours of operation.

Speedy’s Tasty Treats

1000 Main St, Ford City

724-763-3291

Frosty’s Frozen Delights

119 White Oak Rd, Rural Valley

724-783-2214

Sweet Delights

3210 Route 28/66, Distant

814-275-1484

Kittanning Dairy Queen

13637 State Route 422, Kittanning

724-543-1774

Lick ‘n Putt

1805 Route 422 East, Fenelton

724-282-2049

Valley Dairy (Kittanning)

9 Franklin Village Mall, Kittanning

724-545-6277

Lackey’s Dairy Queen

2130 River Rd, North Apollo

724-478-1291


There you have it -- a tantalizing list of ice cream joints across the county. Try as many as you can and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

Anita Bowser is a writer and blogger from Butler. She’s a volunteer at Kittanning Library and has worked as a grant coordinator, reporter, copy editor, content writer and a library director. Her favorite past times include reading, writing and tasting ice cream flavors. Contact her at anitabowserwriter@gmail.com and find out more at www.anitabowser.com.

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