I rounded out my weekend in Upstate New York with a stop at a local Stewart’s in Schaghticoke. I may be a little biased (this is where all the milk from my family’s dairy farm ends up), but this local convenience store chain is where you can find some of the best dairy products out there. Don’t believe me? Read the sign!
For more background on my family’s relationship with Stewart’s, visit this previous post. Today we’re going to focus on the ice cream – and there is no shortage of options to review!
I counted 60 flavors on their website as of now, and they’re always coming up with something new. On this stop, I sampled from their limited editions menu, and dad took home a half gallon of one of the classics for us to sample later, for good measure.
I couldn’t resist finding out what Blueberry Pancake would taste like. My impression: wow, that’s a blueberry pancake on a spoon! It had a great fruity blueberry flavor, permeated with real maple syrup that really lasted in the mouth. It was super smooth and creamy. I’m not sure I could eat a whole lot of it, but boy was it worth a try.
I also sampled the Honey Grahams, which according to the menu is “milk and cereal flavored iced cream with graham cracker swirl and honey flakes.” (Whatever that means.) What a sugar bomb! Great consistency, nice and smooth, with the graham swirl and honey flakes well distributed in every bite. (Once you try it, the description does make sense.) But I definitely could not eat an awful lot of this in one sitting unless you want a serious spike in blood sugar.
To balance it all out, dad and I had a nice basic scoop of Vanilla-Chocolate-Strawberry (formerly Neapolitan, for any Stewart’s history buffs). You can’t go wrong here. This is classic Stewarts all the way, with fresh, authentic tasting strawberry fruit; smooth, balanced vanilla; and a rich, creamy chocolate.
Stewart’s does an amazing job with the base ratio of their ice creams, keeping it just rich enough without being heavy and balance well even with the many wacky combinations of mixers they come up with.
You don’t necessarily go to Stewart’s for the ice cream shop experience, although interestingly enough their claim to fame is being one of the first make-your-own-sundae shops, which the founders son’s wife, Phyllis Dake, introduced in 1948. Instead, swing by for a pint or half gallon (or two) to go and enjoy it in a big bowl of your own at home, maybe cozied up in front of the TV.
Total score: 5 scoops