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Jun 25, 2013 05:13 PM

ISO Ice cream stands where kiddie size does not mean a scoop the size of a baby's head

I was happy to discover Orchard Hill Ice Cream in Billerica, adjacent to Augusta Market and Griggs Farm. The kid sized cone is a manageable scoop about 2" in diameter, for less than $2. They have both hard ice cream and yogurt, and their soft serve, which is 95% fat-free, comes in dozens of flavors. Better yet, it's really close by. Good quality ice cream is abundant in eastern MA but most places go overboard on portion size, with correspondingly high prices,

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  1. I had to laugh at this while I wholeheartedly agreed! My family was at Richardson's and split a single kiddie scoop between my husband, I, and our two kids...whenever I order one I always think,"Whose kids actually eat that much ice cream?"

    Question, is this phenomenon common throughout the country or just the Boston area?

    It's been a while since I've been to one, but I recall the ice cream scoops at Tosci's to be a reasonable size...and they have interesting flavors to boot.

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    1. re: Ladycale

      Ladycale - my kid. She can eat me under the table in ice cream consumption (this is no small feat). 7 years old, tall, and pretty lanky.

      Lizzie's in Needham has a "mini" size.

    2. Not an ice cream stand, but JP Licks' "Kiddie" and Toscanini's "Micro" come in Dixie cups.

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      1. re: Prav

        One reason Orchard Hill Farm may be so affordable is that it's not paying for prime real estate the way JP Licks does in Harvard Square and Charles Street.

        Separately, why can't more ice cream shops adopt Toscanini's model and use a more neutral term like "Micro"?

        1. re: Velda Mae

          At least it's not like Cold Stone Creamery :) From their website:

          Like It™ - approximately 5 oz.
          Love It™ - approximately 8 oz.
          Gotta Have It™ - approximately 12 oz.

          Blech, 12 oz. of artificially-flavored crap, with more junk incorporated into it to hide the taste.

          I think we have a pretty good ice cream scene in Boston!

          1. re: Velda Mae

            Really? There's an issue with the term kiddie cone now? Oy

            I don't always eat ice cream, but when I do I always appreciate when places go overboard on portion size!

            1. re: Gabatta

              This may sound stupid, but I didn't know for a long time that adults could order them -- I thought it was like a lot of children's menus where they're only offered to people under a certain age. Nope, just a size.

              1. re: antimony

                Precisely why I prefer to name a scoop for it's size, not for its target audience.

                And, in fact, there are places that only sell kiddie cones to kids, just like restaurants have age limits on their kids menus.

                1. re: Velda Mae

                  Which ice cream shops wont sell a kiddie size to an adult?

            1. re: enhF94

              +1 :-)

              I always get the kiddie size too when going out w/ friends for ice cream. I'm actually satisfied w/ about a tablespoon or two to cool my tongue off since I'm not too mich of a fan of ice cream.
              I remember going to Kimball's w/ coworkers years ago and their "small" size was ridiculously huge and I had to ask for a kiddie size which was still too big for me. I should have just asked for sample spoons :-P

              1. re: enhF94

                Aw, shucks! Wasn't it Miss Piggy whose advice is to never eat anything bigger than your head? Some folks seem to have taken that as a legitimate portioning guideline.

                Remember the Howard Johnson style conical scoop? That was a good size and seemed to me to minimize dripping. You ate around the bottom first, before it melted, and then could take your time with the peaked center.

              2. Don't go to Kimball's in Westford if you want reasonable portions. The kiddie sizes yesterday were outrageously large. The small was ridiculous. Lots of happy people, though. That's just too much ice cream for me.

                1. Scoop size???? Isn't that why parents assist?

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                  1. re: treb

                    You mean by eating most of the kiddie cone before giving it to the kid? Otherwise, no good way for the parents to re-portion when the smallest available size is way too large, unless when the family goes out for ice cream they bring along their own scooper and extra cones - which would be ridiculous, IMO.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      "You mean by eating most of the kiddie cone before giving it to the kid?" It's a parents duty right!! How many food groups have you eaten for/from your kids over the years? remember eating those Cherrio's on the baby high chair?