Sunday, 25 March 2012
I consider myself a well-seasoned ice cream eater. How did I become one? My father is diabetic and let's just say he earned it. If a Dairy Queen exit sign presented itself on the highway, we needed to stop for gas. If there's a Carvel in a neighborhood, my father never forgets it's exact location. He is an ice cream expert.
I am not as bold of an ice cream eater as him. We were once pulled over by a local police officer for swerving. My father was attempting to "steady the wheel" while eating two cones.
I'll never ever forget our night trip to Wildwood, NJ. He tracked down the DQ location. I have never seen a person eat a small chocolate cone (the healthy part), two banana splits(one is enormous), and a large chocolate milkshake in the course of 20 minutes.
Despite the countless trips to DQ and other well-known ice cream shops, the Hobby Horse Ice Cream Parlor stands alone as my family's favorite.
This small business thrives during the summer months on the island of Ocean City, NJ. When my large family crowds our beach house we usually take at least one nightly trip eight blocks away for Hobby Horse. Typically the younger kids pile into the mini van and I have to take dessert orders from the people staying behind.
The shop serves hard ice cream mainly, specialty sundaes, with an abundance of different toppings, soft serve, pie, candy, and several diabetic ice cream options.
Whatever you choose, there's plenty of seats available at tables inside or outside to sit, relax, and eat ice cream. Occasionally you might witness a person dressed as Winnie the Pooh greeting customers out front.
At Hobby Horse I choose one of these three treats.
1. Peanut Butter Banana Milkshake
The PB Banana milkshake is mentioned in the "11 Favorite Peanut Butter Eats" post. This fattening yet completely delicious shake's greatness is hidden in a plain foam cup. The milkshake tastes better than the above picture looks. It's creamy, warm, peanut buttery, and extra thick, the way I like it.
I discovered this shake because my brother-in-law Tim requested it, hoping they made it. The ice cream scooper admitted that this was his favorite shake. He made it from peanut butter ice cream and bananas. It became my favorite shake when I stole a sip from Tim.
2. Snicker's Bar Pie
I talk about this in my "The Best of Snickers" post as the ultimate snickers treat. I only buy the pie from Hobby Horse.
If you're an observant person, you'll notice the display fridge next to the waiting line with slices of Snickers and Peanut Butter Cup Pie. The PB cup pie is rich and tasty too, but it can't compare to the Snickers pie.
My sister also loves this pie. As a wedding gift, my brother specially ordered a whole snickers pie just for her. I think her husband comes secondary to the pie.
If I'm not in an ice cream mood, I defer to pie. When no Snickers pie sits in the fridge, it's a sad dessert day.
3. Eric's Turtle Sundae
I have eaten the banana split, brownie sundae, customized my own creation, but the Eric's Sundae is my number one dessert option at Hobby Horse.
This decadent dessert draws similarities to the Pecan Mudslide available at Dairy Queen. Instead of soft serve, the Hobby Horse uses hard vanilla ice cream(not vanilla bean) or your choice from the infinite amount of flavors, with pecans, hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.
I don't know who Eric is, but his sundae is now mine.
What's your favorite ice cream shop? What's you're favorite sundae, milkshake, or dessert?