Ice Cream: Soft-Serve
Nothing says summer like a chocolate-vanilla swirl.
One Sweet Swirl
Our favorite summertime indulgence? A soft-serve twist in a cone from the Original Boston Frosty, located at the corner of Arlington and Boylston streets on the Common. The truck, which celebrates its 25th season this summer, serves upward of 500 cones on a busy day. â€śWe see the same faces every year,â€ť says owner Peter Costa. â€śIâ€™ve got kids that used to come up to the truck in a stroller, and now they drive up to get their ice cream.â€ť
The most popular offering from the truckâ€”which also serves up root-beer floats, banana splits, orange freezes, and so onâ€”is, of course, a simple swirl cone. â€śItâ€™s vanilla and chocolate. Thatâ€™s it,â€ť Costa says. â€śIs there any other ice cream flavor?â€ť
Why Soft-Serve Means Summer
By Leah Mennies
I have nothing against hard ice cream. I was raised in a home where ice cream wasnâ€™t merely some special-occasion treatâ€”it was something to be consumed daily, a natural extension of dinner. The second weâ€™d clear our plates from the kitchen table, my sisters and I would run to the freezer and grab the half-gallon tubâ€”usually Breyers vanillaâ€”and weâ€™d take turns spooning hunks into small ramekins. Nowadays, I squirrel away pints of J. P. Licks Brownie Brownie Batter in my freezer, and eat it nightly out of those very same ramekins, which I stole from my parents when I left for Boston University.
So, yes, hard ice cream is a wonderful, essential part of a well-balanced, happy life. But for me, things begin to change come summertime. My family used to spend summer weekends in the Pocono Mountains, in Pennsylvania. A couple of miles down the road sat the Junction, an orange-and-white-striped shack with a massive, neon-lit cone-shaped sign. On those weekends, it was my job to take down the family requests on a yellow Post-it note, and wait in the long line with my grandfather to order a variety of vanilla, chocolate, and swirl cones, with the occasional addition of rainbow sprinkles (or, if my mother was feeling especially lenient, a dunk in the molten, quick-hardening chocolate). It was at the Junction that I developed my infatuation with the soft-serve cone, and where I learned that, during the summer, anyway, soft-serve is superior to hard ice cream. Sure, I recognize that endorsing a product with an ingredient list that reads like the back of a bag of crappy candy may sound suspect. But I donâ€™t careâ€”itâ€™s simply a statement of fact that when itâ€™s hot out, hard ice cream has nothing on its humble swirled sibling.
You canâ€™t craft boutique batches of soft-serve in your kitchen, you canâ€™t buy it by the pint, and the truth is that the quality of the ingredients doesnâ€™t really matter that much. In all its airy creaminess, soft-serve was created for one thing and one thing alone: to be consumed outdoors, in sweltering weather. In other words, itâ€™s just not summer until a cake cone of chocolate-vanilla swirl is in my hand.
Youâ€™ve got to search hard to find great soft-serve in the Boston area. We did the work for you.
Celebrity PizzaÂ | Watertown
In addition to soft-serve cones, floats, and freezes, you can find the elusive hard-chocolate dip here as well.
Area FourÂ | Cambridge
The restaurant makes its soft-serve from scratch, in rotating flavors like salted caramel and passion fruit.
Off the Menu
The GallowsÂ | South End
Baby-size cones of vanilla soft-serve are available to cap off a poutine-heavy mealâ€”all you have to do is ask.
Check out our complete summer ice cream package.
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