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Bruster's lousy Ice Cream

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GDSinPA Jun 30, 2007 07:20 PM

Tried Bruster's Ice Cream in Lancaster for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it just wasn't very good. The staff was pleasant, they had some fun flavors going on, but the ice cream itself was pretty bad. For some reason, I like to think that an ice cream shop that makes their own should at least be half way decent. It should be better than anything commercially available in the super market. Why would I go to this place if I can get a half gallon of yummy Turkey Hill for just a little more? In fact, it wasn't even as good as DQ - how is that possible?

My chocolate marshmallow was way too sweet, not very creamy, and not even all that chocolaty. The wife had some kind of coffee flavor and it was a little grainy and not all that creamy either. She actually contemplated tossing it before reaching the cone. Living in Pennsylvania, I find that there are plenty of locally shops that know what they are doing, so I was surprised to learn that Bruster's started in PA!

I've had Cold Stone a few times and while it's really an over-priced gimick, at least it's half way decent ice cream.

I guess the question is - am I alone in my assessment? Did we get a couple of bad batches or a bad location?

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    Vladimir Estragon RE: GDSinPA Jul 1, 2007 11:41 PM

    I've had the ice cream at the Lancaster Brusters lots of times and liked it just fine, especially the sugar free flavors. I think it's way better than Cold Stone and Turkey Hill, but not quite as good as Baskin Robbins. For soft ice cream, Rita's frozen custard is the best I've ever had.

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      GDSinPA RE: Vladimir Estragon Jul 2, 2007 05:24 AM

      Thanks Vlad - maybe I'll give them another shot. The Rita's near me (Reading area) actually has gone down hill, and I have not been in a while, but I do remember the custard being good.

      I like my ice cream creamy and just didn't find it that way at Bruster's - it tasted more like regular Breyers, which is more crystally and sweet.. You know, Baskin Robbins seems to be popping up again. I don't even remember what it tastes like - maybe that's the place to check out.

      Any other thougths out there on Brusters?

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