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May 7, 2007 07:42 AM

Westchester Ice Cream Spots???

Now that summer is almost here I'm looking for a great mom-n-pop ice cream place. No Carvels, Cold Stones, or other chains please.

I prefer places that make thier own ice cream with fresh REAL ingredients. (If I see one more tub of pistacio ice cream dyed green I'm going to scream!)

Also, know of any place that carries "sweet cream" as a flavor? SO hard to find!


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  1. Ugh, I can't remember the name but I know there's a good/cute ice cream place in Nyack, great area to stroll around too.

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    1. re: cfliegler

      I think your talking about Temptations Cafe. Great Joint.

      1. re: cfliegler

        That's Rockland, not Westchester, but I would second Temptations. Love the peppermint stick ice cream.

        1. re: marmite

          the ice cream at temptations is *amazing*. as a very discriminating chocolate fan, i have to say that their "killer chocolate" is to die for- intense moussey flavor and really smooth texture. if you're not a chocolate fan (well first of all i don't think we will get along) try the coconut almond joy, a close second. i think temptations is supplied by "jane's homemade", a small company based in the hudson valley.

      2. Main Street Sweets on Main St. in Tarrytown (a few shops down the block from Lefteris Gyro) has delicious homemade ice cream. Try their Nutella flavor if they have it!

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        1. re: lizrdkng67

          I lived in T'town until recently, and also thought Main Street Sweets was all "homemade" ice cream. But not long ago, I saw an ice cream delivery truck parked outside during the day. I forget the name on the truck, a brand I had never heard of, but it appeared that at least some of the MSS ice cream was delivered by a third-party source.

          That said, I've enjoyed the ice cream quite a bit there and look forward to comparing it to Sweet Central in Peekskill, where I now live.

          1. re: Dave the H.

            Remember the Woody Allen movie where he pulls Marshall McLuhan out from behind a billboard to tell the next guy in line he doesn't know what he is talking about? I'm having that kind of moment. It happens that my husband is the guy who makes almost all of the Main Streets Sweets ice cream, right there in their basement (if he can't get there, one of the family members who own the place makes it). My husband's family owned Sweet Cravings in Hartsdale, of blessed memory, and my sweetie still has the touch. The truck you saw was delivering ingredients. Do go in and enjoy the ice cream that is indeed made on the premises! They had a fire in the store a few weeks ago, so they are now featuring a new flavor, called "holy soot" -- heavy on the chocolate.

            1. re: VFresser

              Your hubby's ice cream rocks! Looking forward to trying "Holy Soot"! Please tell him to keep up the good work!

              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                That's the name, Sweet Cravings. Thanks VFresser, your ice cream was outstanding.

        2. Great Mexican paleta (ice cream pop) shop in Port Chester - Paleteria Fernandez. Regular and unusual flavors - from pistachio and oreo (more oreo taste than you can even imagine) to mamey, dulce de leche, chongo and even avocado. A few flavors are available in scoopable ice cream too. They also have frozen juice pops, various horchatas (rice drinks) and fresh mango with or without salt, lime and hot sauce. Everything is home made and extremely fresh. It's on Main Street.

          Longford's Own Made Ice Cream - one in Rye and one in Larchmont - are okay and they have something of an "old-fashioned" feel to them - don't know about "sweet cream".

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          1. re: laylag

            yeah, paleteria is my "go-to" ice cream place in westchester. Great stuff, portable if you wish, and an amazing variety. Blackberry, avocado, pistachio and dulce de leche are my favorites.

            1. re: laylag

              Longford's is a scam. They use a commercial base that includes carrageenan (seaweed thickener) and other additives. The base comes in half gallon containers that they pour into the machines. I like the Blue Pig in Croton for best American style ice cream, but the Paleria Fernandez is tops for bright flavors and exoticism.

              1. re: nrxchef

                Eww - nrxchef - I'm so glad you posted this. As I posted above I also thought it just okay and don't like their "sold by weight" policy but additives and carrageenan in an ice cream shop billed as "own made" is simply unacceptable. Thanks.

                1. re: nrxchef

                  That is what they use in their "soft serve" machines, not in the homemade 'hard' ice cream.

                  1. re: momof3

                    momof3, I went on the Longford's website and they oddly don't mention it being natural (soft serve or hard) or that it doesn't contain addititves. They mention the high quality of the fruit, chocolate, etc, etc. but nothing that would contradict nrxchef's comments. Do you have solid information otherwise?

                    1. re: laylag

                      I have the base ingredients supplied by Longford's. They do use carrageen which is a seaweed extract used to stabilize milk products. Here is the list :
                      Tahitian Vanilla & Vanilla

                      16% Super Premium Ice Cream

                      Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Skim Milk Powder, Sucrose, Corn Syrup, Guar Gum, Mono Diglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, and Carrageenan.

                      All other flavors

                      Ingredients: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Nonfat Dry Milk, Stabilizers (Mono-diglycerides, Cellulose, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan), Vitamin D2.

                      I am not thrilled about the corn syrup or the "stabilizers" either.
                      Ice cream has never claimed to be a health food.

                      1. re: momof3

                        Not a health food because it's high in fat, sugar and calories but I don't expect in an "own made" labeled ice cream parlor to have the additives you described. That's supermarket ice cream.

                        1. re: momof3

                          Own made--with chemicals and stabilizers!

                2. This thread has some good suggestions... my favorite is Ossining Pizza's gelato shop next door-- unbelievably good!


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                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    I second Paleteria Fernandez. Yummy & very fresh. They make everything right there.
                    North Main St. in Port Chester (next to Kevin's nail salon).

                    1. re: LHorch

                      Just went to Paleteria Fernandez this weekend and have to thank the Chowhounds for this tasty rec. I had the milk and cinnamon flavor and it was extra special creamy delicious. The strawberry and cream flavor is also super fresh and exquisitely fruity. This place is definitely worth a visit (and cheap too!)

                  2. Here's The Scoop on New Rochelle Rd in Chester Heights is amazing! They serve Longford's ice cream and the whole atmosphere is just really fun! They don't have many plain flavors but the quality of Longford's ice cream is like heavenly! I just had this new flavor that they had... it was Sweet Cream ice cream with chunks of chocolate covered graham crackers... soooo good!

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                    1. re: MikiLovesSugar

                      This place has closed but Main St Sweets has moved into its locations.