In Praise Of Suburban Ice Cream

One of the Philadelphia area’s great ice crea stands is located way out on the Main Line… and it’s a chain. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt is a small Ohio-based chain whose Berwyn outlet just got a shoutout in the Inky. Rick Nichols was impressed by it:


The ice cream is made fresh - with Handel’s cream base from an Ohio dairy - on the premises daily, a claim that can be made by Cold Stone Creamery and Capogiro, the gold-standard gelateria in Center City. Conversely, Philadelphia’s old-time Bassett’s now has its ice cream made at a plant in Johnstown, Pa.Fresh ice cream does make a difference. The flavors are more potent, the texture creamier and more pliable. Handel’s is perfectly medium-bodied; airy, but not flyaway thin.This leads us to one of Handel’s talking points, that it adds fruit and nuts by hand and “whole” so that they retain their integrity and flavor. Indeed, in the masterful black cherry ice cream, I watched Buchanan dot circles of plump, sweet cherries the size of small plums between layers of extruding ice cream.

A stand that truly delivers [Inquirer]
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt [Official Site]

One of the Philadelphia area’s great ice crea stands is located way out on the Main Line… and it’s a chain. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt is a small Ohio-based chain whose Berwyn outlet just got a shoutout in the Inky. Rick Nichols was impressed by it:

In Praise Of Suburban Ice Cream