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Welcome Spring with ICE CREAM!

It’s no secret that one of my all-time favorite food is ice cream. Yes, I would choose ice cream over any other food in the world. If there were no calories involved or no health risks in over-consumption, I would begin my day with eating ice cream and then, every other meal of the day as well. I’d snack on ice cream too. But in my real world, I can only treat myself to ice cream occasionally, and when I do, I just don’t want ice cream…I want really good ice cream.
So I’m going to let you in on my two favorite places in Pittsburgh that serve great ice cream and have a great atmosphere to boot!
1) The Milkshake Factory located on Carson Street on the South Side. 

image courtesy of / the Milk Shake Factory

The line is usually out the door, especially in the spring and summer. But don’t let that hold you back. The line usually moves at a decent pace, but even if it doesn’t, standing in line there is usually pretty pleasant. There’s a candy counter featuring gourmet chocolate that you have to walk past before you get to order. I get happy just looking at all the chocolate and I usually order something to take home (like ice cream isn’t enough). Coconut clusters are my favorite! Everyone standing in line usually seems to be in a good mood, after all, if you are about to eat some really good ice cream, how can you NOT be happy? Also they’ve got a TV tuned into the likes of old “I Love Lucy” reruns, which are always entertaining.

The Milkshake Factory is obviously known for their thick and delicious milkshakes (seen above, so you definitely want to try one. They have a lot of awesome flavors. My favorite is the Mint Chocolate Chip. My favorite sundae is the Carleton, with loads of peanut butter, chocolate and nuts ladled over vanilla ice cream. Just writing that makes my mouth water, which might be easily quenched with a Root Beer Float from the Milkshake Factory. On my many visits, I have found the staff to be very attentive and never seem to try and rush customers who might be overwhelmed with all the choices. If you haven’t been there yet, you are missing out. Once you taste a dessert at Milkshake Factory, you will be back for more!
2) Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor located on Penn Avenue in the Strip District.
Not only do I love ice cream, I love to eat it in a unique place, creating a memorable experience. Words can’t describe the atmosphere of Klavon’s. Walking in the door is like stepping back into a 1920’s corner drugstore. The building is perfectly persevered with antique woodwork and a gorgeous old pristine floor. The antique phone booth (non-functioning), revolving counter stools, and wooden shelves of penny candy (but no longer a penny in price) make the atmosphere really special. I love eating my ice cream out of an old fashioned glass, made especially for ice cream eating. There’s a lot of choices on the menu, once I tasted the classic Pecan Ball, it became my favorite, and no matter what, I order it every time I’m there AND I’m never disappointed. The very generous scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream is dipped into chopped pecans and then covered in hot fudge or chocolate sauce. Whipped cream and cherry top this delicacy. I’ve tasted a lot of Pecan Balls in my day, but I would say that Klavon’s is the best I’ve ever had. I’m sure the atmosphere definitely enhances the flavor!!
Do you have a favorite place to go for ice cream in the Burgh?

P.S. If you eat a bit too much ice cream and you need a place to work out in the Burgh, check out the article we wrote here, and also check out this one for healthier food alternatives when you’re not crushing ice cream! 🙂

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