Humidity’s up. The sun is strong. Days are getting hotter. It’s ice cream season. Sue Gleiter of PennLive Patriot News scoured the Commonwealth for the best combinations of chilled dairy, sugar, and flavors.
Bucks County’s solo appearance on her best-of list is Uncle Mike’s Homemade Ice Cream in Warminster. It’s been recognized on a national level as well, scooping its way to the #1 2019 spot of USA Today‘s nationwide assessment.
Uncle Mike dishes plenty of premium homemade flavors, as well as sundaes, milkshakes, floats, ice cream pies, and cookie ice cream sandwiches. Available flavors include lemon cookies and cream, Reese’s Delight, Tom’s Peanut Butter Brownie Blitz, and Really Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
Ice cream owes a lot to Philadelphia and its environs. Chilly Philly Ice Cream lists several of the dessert’s local innovations from:
- 1795: African American slaves, escaping from French San Domingo to Philadelphia, bring with them the Gallic flair for the dessert, served to the aristocracy after the Revolutionary War.
- 1843: Nancy Johnson receives a patent for an “artificial freezer,” which later becomes the industrial ice cream churn.
- 1900s: Jack and Jill ice cream gets its start, with treat sold from a box slung over the shoulder of its founder.
The remaining list of best ice cream in Pennsylvania is at PennLive Patriot News.