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Jun 23, 2007 06:54 PM

Soft Serve in Orlando

Hey All,

I'm looking for an ice cream stand in Orlando, ideally one that's family owned. I live in the College Park area, so somewhat nearby would be nice. I just moved from upstate NY, and it seems like there were (summer only up there) ice cream stands everywhere, sometimes way out in the sticks. I've found the Carvel by the Mall of Millenia, and obviously there's the Coldstone/Marble Slab, but I'm looking for something that'll likely have a name like Tastee Treat or Somethingoranother Freeze.

Anyone have any tips?


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  1. I live in College Park as well, about two blocks from the Baskin Robbins. Sorry to say I don't know of any local/family ice cream around us. Jeremiah's Italian Ice on Aloma in Winter Park is my personal fave and they have good soft serve in a number of flavors

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    1. re: catlike

      I've always looked for one when I was down in Orlando as well and haven't found one yet. I just don't think those types of stands are popular in the South; I haven't been able to find one here in Atlanta either.

      When I lived in Chicago there were 3 locally owned places within 15 minutes of my house. I'd kill for a Cherry dip cone during these hot summer days.

    2. There are some Tasty Treats in town. A popular one is on Ocoee at the corner of 50/West Colonial and Maguire Road. Also in Ocoee, a small frozen custard stand is family owned. I can't remember the name, but it's on 50/West Colonial in the same shopping center as Positano's (not the Apopka Positano's) and Burger King. It may be called Mel's Frozen Custard. The vanilla is delicious.

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      1. re: rudykins

        Actually, it's Twistee Treat, not Tasty Treat.

        1. re: rudykins

          Yes, the Twistee Treat in Ocoee is great! Probably what you are looking for but far away from where you are. All kinds of soft serve flavors including swirls - and really reasonable prices. I love getting the vanilla/mint swirl sundae.

      2. Closest Twistee Treat to you in in Goldenrod -- 3000 N Goldenrod Rd, Winter Park, FL 32792, (407) 671-8809

        However there is one on the South Orange Blossom Traiil, not a Twistee Treat, near the Citrus Bowl. Can't remember the name, but comparable. Also, all Dairy Queens sell soft serve ice cream,


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        1. re: Bob Mervine

          Thanks so much all for the suggestions, i'll definitely give them a shot and being new to town, plan to contribute to the board as much as I can.

        2. Too bad Coney's Swirls and Curls is closed. That would have been the closest thing to the kind of stand you're talking about, and it was right there on Edgewater. I think it closed fairly recently ...

          (I grew up in downstate Illinois, and our local was Jarling's Custard Cup ... ahh, the black-and-white. Childhood nirvana.)

          1. If you make it to Port Orange (Daytona area) you'd really like Ritter's Frozen Custard.

            Take I-4 to I-95, south to Exit 256. Turn left (east) and make another left at big intersection w/Dennys and Dustins on the left (Clyde Morris Blvd). Go about 2 lights up to Herbert Street, and Ritters is on your right. DO NOT go on a Friday night. :-)