When was the last time you paid $0.99 for an ice-cream cone with a big ol’ scoop of creamy, premium ice cream? And extra scoops were just $0.50? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll get at Stewart’s. They make their own brand of ice cream using local farmer’s milk. You can choose from 48 unique flavors like Raspberry Velvet and Crumbs Along the Mohawk, and samples are free. For $2.25, a two-scoop, make-your-own sundae is the deal of this millennium. A self-serve sundae bar offers every topping imaginable, from cherries to Oreo crumbs to raspberry sauce, and you can pile on as much of as many toppings as you want! Oh, and don’t forget that extra scoops are still only $0.50. How can the owner be making a profit with this?! I need a Stewart’s in my neighborhood!
If all this talk of old-fashioned ice cream and prices has you reminiscing about soda fountains, well, don’t despair, Stewart’s has ice-cream sodas and root beer floats, too! The milkshakes are massive, and of course, you can also order a banana split.
Incredibly, and even better for me, Stewart’s is a 300-store franchise in the eastern New York–southwestern Vermont area. All the locations I have seen have the same, dusty, old-fashioned aesthetic and prices. Not all of the Stewart’s Shops are attached to gas stations, but when they are, the gas is always undoubtedly the cheapest within many miles. By the way, that Raspberry Velvet ice cream really does have a unique, ultra-smooth, velvety texture that is absolutely amazing.
August 8, 2005
From journal Daytripping in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest