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July 1, 2011 / erostositko

Flavors of the Fourth

Whether enjoyed on the boardwalk or at your corner sundae shop, summer wouldn’t be summer without a cone of your favorite ice cream flavor.

At least once a week, our summer ritual includes a walk to the Custard & Cakes Creamery (aka The Custard Stand), where I usually get a small twist with rainbow sprinkles.

While this traditional combination can’t be beat, ice cream makers big and small are doing a lot of new and innovative things to introduce new frozen concoctions to the market.

Capogiro Gelato

The best gelato I ever tasted was not in Italy , but right here in Philly at Capogiro Gelateria.  Their twenty-some featuredgourmet flavors of the day (Check out the list here: http://capogirogelato.com/flavors.php) range from Champagne Mango to Thai Coconut Milk to CioccolatoScuro—the darkest of dark chocolate.

Another favorite of mine is the sweet yet tart frozen yogurt, a trend started by the Pinkberry chain in California . Similar shops are popping up across the country, including Phileo, Whirled Peace and Sweet Endings in Philadelphia . At Sweet Endings, staff help you serve yourself, so you can choose as many flavors and toppings as you want, and pay by the ounce, instead of ordering by size. Perfect for an after dinner treat, when you haven’t left room for dessert, but need a little something to hit the sweet spot.

With Summer in full swing, July 4th is the biggest grilling holiday of the year. Since we will be on a boat on the Chesapeake Bay this weekend (sans grill), let me know what you’re cooking up for the holiday. I’ll be thinking about that as we make our way from harbor to harbor, stopping at seafood shacks and sipping on mojitos along the way.

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