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Apr 3, 2009 01:57 PM

Good soft serve ice cream?

I'm having a pregnancy craving for some soft serve ice cream ...really good, creamy, non-fake tasting (read: not TCBY), non-healthy soft serve. If anyone has had the delicious Cadbury soft serve in England, that's what I'm envisioning. I live in Somerville but am willing to travel. Any thoughts?

On (semi-)related note, is the Pinkberry knock-off place still in Harvard Square? And can anyone say if it compares with the real thing?

Thanks so much!!

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  1. Celebrity Pizza & Ice Cream, Watertown.

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        1. re: Prav

          Yes Javaberry is the bomb. I wish I had one right now. I love their ice cream cones.

      1. re: Luther

        Please tell me the ice cream counter hasn't opened yet for the season or something like that so I will go home and eat dinner like a sensible person instead of driving to Watertown.

        1. re: djd

          Sorry, but they're open and serving year round!

      2. Chilly Cow in Arlington has great soft-serve frozen custard.

        Yes, Berryline is still there and I love that place! Haven't had the original Pinkberry, though.

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        1. re: Pia

          Don't know if fabled Abbotts Frozen Custard of western NY state (now with a location in Needham) does so:

          1. re: Pia

            I have to second Chilly Cow's frozen custard. The chocolate especially is absolutely sublime; but I don't think this is what the poster is looking for in "soft serve".

            There is a place called "Dairy King" on the Revere Beach Parkway in Everett, diagonally across from the Wendys.. It's actually a combination florist/ice cream stand (I know, right?). I'm the only one in my family who really doesn't like soft-serve, but as a non-soft-serve fan, Dairy King has really good ice cream. Texture and flavor are excellent. When I complimented his product, the young owner explained that he uses a mix that has twice the butterfat of most soft-serve mixes, and that is what makes the difference.

            As I said, I prefer hard ice cream to soft, but this is a place to check out.

            1. re: sablemerle

              Dairy King carries Richardson ice cream for the hard ice cream and does a banana spits starting at around $7. Its pretty comparable to Louie's in Somerville. I keep wondering, though, every year if they are going to open because the owners tried to get the permits to run a used car dealer on that lot (it was rejected). Jay's in Malden is also a decent option and has those flavored yogurts which start with the hockey puck. I am not a huge fan of the chilly cow custard, though I am in the minority on that.

              Folks that say they use a product with twice as much butterfat are being disingenuous. I am more familiar with commercial ice cream base, which I believe can be used in soft serve machines (there are powders and other options), and it comes in 10/14/16% butterfat. But that is for plain ice cream base, chocolate for instance is usually 10%. So they are probably comparing their product against low fat products (which are around 5% butterfat). But just about everyone sources hood ice cream base, possibly 10%, corn sweeteners, stabilizers, maybe UHT (more expensive).

              1. re: itaunas

                Is this open this season yet? It's the place with the big multicolored sign advertising 64 flavors or some ridiculous number?

                1. re: Parsnipity

                  Yes, according to Johnresa below its open and their sign says 64 flavors or something, although it seems like less. I wish they would upgrade some of the ingredients, but enjoy their banana split which is also part of the sineage.

                  I have seen the Richardson delivery truck running around a lot. Which makes me think of Alexander's in Medford which has a small ice cream counter/parlor at the front of the store. Never had the soft serve there though...

              2. re: sablemerle

                Dairy King IS very good. I also like a place that is a drive through on 3A about 1 mile from the Fore River Bridge on the left heading towards Hull. I always look forward to it on the way home after a day at the beach. It's called Michele's...330 Bridge St which is also 3A. They also have coffee, etc.

                1. re: sablemerle

                  Does frozen custard taste different from ice cream? All my memories of the stuff date back to prehistory, a.k. childhood (also I think I'm mentally mixing up custard and Junket).

              3. If you're in Somerville, head directly to Louie's, on Broadway near the McGrath Highway. Excellent soft-serve. Also, Dairy Barn in Randolph if you're down that way.

                I recall seeing soft-serve on the menu at Christina's in Inman Square, but I think it must have been in a dream. (Yes, many of my dreams revolve around food.)


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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I agree with MC about Louie's and Dairy Barn. I also like the soft serve at Bubbling Brook in Westwood. One note: Check ahead with Louie's, as they don't seem to have very consistent hours.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    >Yes, many of my dreams revolve around food.

                    Hahahaha. Yes, I think it was a dream. I've been to Christina's um pretty often over the last ten years and have never seen soft serve there...they would rock it though.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Went to Louie's last night—the close-to-my-heart-for-non-culinary-reasons Ipswich Dairy Queen has in fact reopened(!), but I was truly too full of clams and onion rings for it—and I pity the scooper guy, because the way my face fell when he said "the chocolate soft-serve machine is broken" must have been tragic to watch.

                      I enjoyed my mint chocolate-chip and Dutch chocolate cone fine, but sadly, there is NOTHING like chocolate soft-serve. Especially after clams. Le sigh!

                      1. re: djd

                        Hah! I had the same experience about two weeks ago. My son got a vanilla soft-serve, which was very good, but I just shared a few licks of his. Really wanted to try the chocolate.

                        I think Carvel's is a bit creamier, but Louie's was pretty close. Both have a nice vanilla flavor...not artificial-tasting.

                        Dairy Maid in Middleboro pretty good on our way to the Cape this weekend, although I think Carvel and Louie's have a bit more body (read that butterfat!)

                        1. re: bear

                          Second trip to Louie's yesterday and again no chocolate soft-serve. Also they were out of most of the hard flavors. With two days of the long weekend to go? This is starting to get dismaying.

                    2. If you in the mood for a ride, Skip's drive-in in Merrimac, MA, off rte 495N, great soft serve, burgers and Susy-Q's fries, totally awesome and BAD!

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                      1. re: treb

                        is Skip's open for the year yet?

                      2. Wow!! I should have asked with more than a week to go until my due date! I'm thinking I now have some summer plans with the kiddo. I think soft serve might be a great first "real food!" :)

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                        1. re: ClippyZ

                          Don't worry, you'll have some 'grace time' after the event to enjoy those great summer tastes.