The FUSSYlittleBLOG saw fit to arrange a Tour de Hard Serve Ice Cream just about two weeks ago. Man, has it already been two weeks? I was looking forward to trying some oreo hard serve as my flavor du jour, but naturally Daniel B. couldn’t make it easy and in an unsurprisingly fussy twist, he contacted each of our stops to find the common flavors and limited our selection to only those available at all stops. So long oreo ice cream for me. Normally I’d appreciate the shortened selection, but man, I had my stomach set on 5 scoops of oreo.
Instead, I went with coffee, which proved to be an unpopular flavor compared to butter pecan, but more popular than maple walnut (which had no takers). I went with a kiddie sized cup at all of the locations. I was interested to see who would do the “typical” coffee flavor, which isn’t normally very coffee flavored, but rather more of a buttery-sugar kind of flavor with just the slightest nod toward coffee. Delicious, definitely, but not what is traditionally associated with coffee.
The first and nothern-most stop was The Farmer’s Daughers’ Drive-In in Saratoga Springs, NY.
I even made it early, with about 10 minutes to spare. That is insanely early for me, haha!
Coffee numero uno! A nice portion – probably about half a cup, which is what a portion of ice cream normally is. I liked the bitter aftertaste that lingered with this ice cream – very much like real coffee. It was a bit airy & had a few ice crystals in it, but the folks running the stand were quite nice.
The Ice Cream Man was just down the road. For real – like, not even 5 minutes away.
They have a ton of flavors. Peach sorbet sounds pretty good to me!
The kiddie portion seemed larger here than at Farmer’s Daughters’. A bit richer/less air, but no bitter coffee notes.
Their outdoor seating area was quite nice – lots of wooden benches in some woods.
Third stop was The Snowman in Troy. The 30 minute drive was a nice break to ramp up the ole’ appetite again.
The portions grow the further south we go. This is only a bit smaller than Snowman’s small, and about $0.50 less, at $1.75. I still couldn’t finish it, but ah well.
This was probably the most traditional not-really-coffee-flavored-coffee ice cream on our whole trip. Quite buttery, creamy, and lots of brown sugar notes, but very light on the coffee flavor itself.
The Snowman has their ordering system down – the whole group was able to order quite quickly.
Next up – Mac’s Drive-In in Watervliet. They are probably my favorite looking stand. So cute – love those bright red and white stripes.
Holy crap, servings like this are why kids today are so fat. This was the largest portion by far, and was easily 3/4 of a cup of ice cream if not a cup. Dude. That is too much ice cream for a little kid. Parents, share a kiddie size if you bring your wee ones here.
Flavor wise, on the light side. A little more flavorful than Snowman’s, and still on the traditional more-buttery-than-coffee-y flavor of coffee ice cream. I had to toss this after about 1/3 of it; it was so much ice cream, and even then that was after picking at it for a while. (BTW, Mac’s makes a BANGIN’ coconut ice cream – try that!)
The final stop on the tour was Moxie’s. They have a very limited season, so the time to go is nigh.
Their portions are better – one scoop is really one scoop. Also, the priciest among the tour.
Flavor-wise, this was the weakest of the stops. The coffee flavor was more in the background, and tasted more like vanilla with some coffee mixed in. I’ve yet to give Moxie’s vanilla ice cream a try, and maybe that’s more up my alley since I haven’t really had an ice cream from them that’s made me really want to go back. They’re enjoyable, sure, but the flavors don’t really sing to me, and instead seem buried behind cream flavor.
Quite an enjoyable late morning through early afternoon! I’d say to go with your favorite flavor at each of these stops, because measuring by one flavor alone may not be the best way to go it. Coffee may not be the strong-flavor for each of these ice cream stops. The oreo at Snowman is definitely better than its coffee. And their coffee oreo is even better than both.
At any rate, let this tour serve nothing more than a reminder to go forth & consume some ice cream while we have the chance!