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Going for the cold:

A tour of area ice cream parlors

A tour of area ice cream parlors

September 28, 2007|By HARRY NOGLE

With Indian summer still to come, we're not out of ice cream season yet. Here are a few of the many area spots to grab a cold, soothing treat.

Situated at a perfect location on a corner in the town of Maugansville, the Maugansville Creamery serves Hershey's ice cream in a parlor with seating for about 10.

On a hot summer evening, customers can sit at the picnic tables and tables outside and enjoy 72 flavors of ice cream in cones, cups and sundaes. The business also serves soft-serve ice cream.

"On weekends, the parking lot is full and customers will be lined up to the door," said owner Theresa Litten. Theresa and her husband, David, have operated the Maugansville Creamery for almost five years.

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One customer favorite at the Maugansville Creamery is the "Extreme Sundae," called "extreme" for the "large amount of ice cream in a serving," Litten said.

Many customers order a "Lollipop," which is layers of flavored ice and ice cream in a tall cup, Theresa said.

"Our all-time customer favorite is probably the Peanut Butter Cup Craze," Litten said. "This is a vanilla ice cream sundae with hot-fudge syrup, then peanut butter sauce, topped with crushed peanut butter cups," she said. "Of course, it is topped with whipped cream and a cherry."

Customers can also purchase pre-made and custom-made ice cream cakes, and prepacked ice cream in pints and quarts. There are Italian ices, along with a cholesterol- and fat-free cold treat of Hershey's ice cream and Italian ice called a "Via Veneto." Tropi-Kool "Smoothies" are served in 20 flavors.

In addition to ice cream, hungry customers can order stuffed pretzels, Frederick Fudge and Monkey Joe nuts.

The Maugansville Creamery is open Monday to Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m.

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard got its start in 1950 when J.V., Richard and Delbert Meadows opened a small custard stand in Duncansville, Pa.

The Hagerstown Meadows, located at 222 E. Oak Ridge Drive, in the South Pointe Shopping Center, is operated by Tim Illig and his son, Michael. Open since June 2006, The Meadows reflects a nostalgic '50s theme, and offers a drive-through, walk-up windows and a parlor. Large photographs, booths and rock 'n' roll music add to the theme and atmosphere of the parlor. Customers can sit at outside benches.

More than 50 years after the first Meadows opened, The Meadows still serves its original recipe.

Owner Tim Illig believes that it is the taste and flavor of his frozen custard that makes The Meadows special.

"We do one thing, and we do it well," Illig said.

Because the custard is made fresh daily, The Meadows offers vanilla, chocolate, and two additional "Flavors of the Day." For something a little lighter, The Meadows offers a fat-free, no-sugar-added vanilla yogurt or another low-fat yogurt flavor that's available that day. A monthly calendar lists each day's custard and yogurt flavors. The Meadows also features weekly specials.

Treats include cups or cones, sundaes, shakes and frosts, Arctic Swirls, pints and quarts, cakes and drinks. The Meadows is open daily year-round from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bones & Cones on the square of Hagerstown at 2 S. Potomac St. offers "tantalizing desserts for discriminating customer and their canine companions."

In an attractive store with high tin ceilings, hanging lamps, wood and mosaic tile floors, Bones & Cones just looks like an ice cream parlor!

Glass display cases reveal pastries and desserts, and wooden shelves hold pet treats.

Customers can sit at antique tables with swivel-out seats and enjoy handmade waffle cones filled with homemade hand-dipped ice cream from the South Mountain Creamery - and order frozen canine treats.

Owner Valerie Minteer said Bones & Cones offers "tempting treats for people and their pets."

There are 18 flavors of ice cream served in cones, dishes, shakes, sundaes and splits. The sundaes are served with hot, homemade toppings. Waffle cones are baked in-house and can be dipped in chocolate.

In addition, dessert lovers can indulge in chocolates, pastries, cookies and ice cream drinks.

"We are very health conscious," Minteer said. "We have our own pastry chef and all of our cookies, cakes and desserts are baked on the premises so we can control what goes into them. We make our own whipped cream, and we use no preservatives."

Coffee, tea and other beverages in many varieties are available.

While purchasing sumptuous desserts, animal lovers can also treat their pets to gourmet doggy and kitty treats such as "Bark Bars," "Pooch Passions," and gingerbread and cheddar cheese biscuits.

"We bake pet cupcakes with all natural wheat flour," Minteer said. "Customers are as concerned for the health and well-being of their pets as they are for themselves. And we are, too."

Bones & Cones is open Tuesday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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