The ice cream churned in this little log cabin in the woods (sort of) set the bar for what I have long considered the best ice cream on the planet. It is where I first got to see the art of ice cream making in action, and gained a real appreciation for the effort it takes to run a great scoop shop. (It’s not as easy as it looks.)
I worked here for two summers during high school as an ice cream cake decorator and scooper. My crowning achievement was decorating a triple-tiered ice cream wedding cake for a former scooper (only former employees were granted such an extravagant request). I spent hours matching the color of the buttercream frosting to the bride’s wedding colors, a gorgeous burgundy and pink combo, and covering it with perfect little roses and green ivy. But I digress.
The Ice Cream Man is known for its rich, creamy hard ice cream in an impressive rotating series of totally unique flavors. You have to visit often to catch some of the limited addition varieties, like my hands-down all-time favorite Peanut Butter Brownie. Other unique favorites like Almond Joy, Orange Pineapple, and Maple Walnut are always on the board and well worth a try. Seasonal favorites like Hand Melon are special because their ingredients are sourced from locals farms.
You don’t have to try one of their really unique flavors to feel like you’re on an adventure; even the basics take it to a whole new level. I doubled up on the Chocolate Cookie Dough and Brownies ‘n Cream. My dad got a sundae with Caramel Apple. My mom took a double shot of coffee, testing the Coffee Brandy and Coffee Malt.
Since Man’s has came under new ownership a year ago, I feel like the quality has suffered a bit. Overall, everything we sampled was amazing, but there were little nit picky inconsistencies with some of the flavors worth noting.
The chocolate-based Chocolate Cookie Dough was a bit watery and lacked the usual creamy richness I expect from Man’s. Also, mom’s coffee flavors really didn’t have a discernible punch of malt or brandy; though they were great as far as coffees go. I was a tad disappointed with the uneven distribution and dryness of the brownies in my Brownies n’ Cream.
That said, the vanilla base was the same amazing rich and creamy consistency I remember so fondly, and Dad’s caramel apple was a surprising winner. The caramel spice was delightfully subtle and balanced; not at all the candy bomb I expected it to be.
For the fun of it, I also had a taste of the Pumpkin, and was glad I did! Lighter and less rich than expected, it had a wonderfully smooth spiced flavor that I will definitely get a full serving of next time.
Serving : 🍦🍦🍦🍦🍦
Total score: 4 scoops