Is there anything better than a good scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day? In Wilton Manors alone there are four options, from gourmet creations to frozen treats from national chains.
2301 Wilton Dr.
This is not your grandma’s ice cream. Well, actually, it’s closer to what your grandmother had as a kid than anything else out there. All of the ice creams at Wilton Creamery are made in small batches. DJ, the ice cream chef (or as I like to refer to him, The Wizard of Ahhhs) comes up with such incredible flavors as cherry-Armagnac, saffron and apricot and cinnamon dulce de leche.
He also does more traditional favorites, such as turtle, cookies and cream, a killer combo called “He’s Not Worth It” that has to be tasted to be believed. DJ creates the recipes and sample batches, then sends them out to a creamery to be created. At any time you stop in you will probably have 60 or 70 ice cream options. He’s a control freak. Well, more like a quality control freak. Everything is fresh, no ice cream is kept more than two weeks, and if he finds one ice crystal in a batch, he dumps it.
In addition, DJ creates toppings you won’t find anywhere else. The seasonal menu includes hand cut fresh fruit (some soaked in moscato), basil/balsamic strawberries, house made maple/honey walnuts, cannoli cream and other fresh creations as well as your usual favorite various candies and cookies. There are also special sauces including a killer house-made sea salt caramel, jalapeno sauce, blue cane rum and butterscotch. They also have nearly a dozen flavors of whipped cream. If you prefer a fountain creation, try their version of a Dreamsicle; with orange, pineapple and vanilla ice cream topped with crushed pineapple and oranges.
The best deal is to get a small, medium or large, cup and they’ll add as many toppings as you want for just a buck or two more. In addition to ice cream, there is also a vast array or sherbets and sorbet as well as vegan, sugar free, gluten-free and non-dairy options. They even have dog friendly ice cream.
2031 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
If you thought Hershey’s was just about candy, you’re as nutty as a bowl of cashew crunch. Double Dippers is a Hershey’s ice cream franchise and features 40 flavors of ice cream at any one time. They make their waffle cones and bowls fresh every day. In addition, they’ll create any kind of sundae, milk shake, malt or banana split. Root beer and Creamsicle floats are also available. How dog-friendly is this place? Dogs always get free licks. No web site but it does have a Facebook page.
Five Points Plaza
2607 North Dixie Hwy.
Frozen yogurt sounds healthy, so go ahead and have some. Menchie's opened its first store outside of Los Angeles, California, in, 2007. Within one year the business was a huge success and they had folks asking to open franchises. Now there are more 350 locations around the world. The success comes not only from a tasty product but also from training all employees to make your visit a pleasant experience. Also, if you want to know the nutrition information on any product, just go to the chain’s website and you will find, not only the standard nutrition label, but logos which also indicate whether a product is kosher, contains dairy, is gluten-free or free of high fructose corn syrup.
The flavors in all categories are truly mind boggling. Imagine cookie dough, monster crisp, Irish mint, fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookie, fresh shredded coconut and bananas, Greek vanilla bean, harvest pumpkin, java latte, key lime pie, peach, pineapple upside down cake, pomegranate-acai, pistachio, chocolate, salted caramel, spiced chai latte, strawberry, apple pie, berry or toasted marshmallow. And those are just the fat-free flavors! When you add in low-fat, tart sorbets, sugar free and low carb creations, the list is mind-boggling.
1950 Wilton Dr.
In a city filled with queens, Dairy Queen has been dishing up soft serve cones, sundaes and banana splits since the spot opened its Wilton Manors store in 1953. Yes I said, 1953. If they’ve been doin’ it for 60 years they must have it right! Now if only they could speed up the service, so there wasn’t always a long line.