This week, we have been counting down to our favorite All-American food. Barbecue, pie, hot dogs, beer… it’s hard to find many things more All-American. But there is one clear winner — and it is something that appeals to most everyone, big and small, everywhere. Our No. 1 choice is none other than ice cream.
What is it: This frozen dessert, typically made from dairy products including milk and cream and often combined with fruits and other ingredients and flavors and sweeteners, has been pleasing foodies of all ages across the globe. Ice cream comes in many flavors and forms and can be custom-ordered to please just about any palate. Frozen treat varieties popular today include frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato and can be served in bowls, cones and topped with candies, fruits and more. We opted to find some of the best traditional hand-scooped ice cream in the Miami Valley.
Where we went: Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs; (937) 325-0629; www.youngsdairy.com. Young’s Jersey Dairy is located on Route 68, one mile north of Yellow Springs and eight miles south of Springfield. Hours vary by season. Summer hours, through Aug. 18, are Sunday to Thursday, 7 a.m-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to midnight. The Dairy Store serves up more ice cream and treats than you could possibly imagine, in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner items ranging from pancakes to burgers to deep-fried cheese curds. The Dairy Store has indoor seating for 180 guests. A large covered front porch features picnic tables, with more located just to the side of the Dairy Store (toward the barn). A restaurant is also on site, The Golden Jersey Inn, offering home-cooked specialties.
What we had: I have a weakness for peanut butter and chocolate, so it will come as no surprise that my eye was immediately drawn to the The Single Dip Buckeye Sundae ($4.25) on the menu. The sundae features a scoop of chocolate peanut butter ice cream, topped with hot fudge, peanut butter, real whipped cream, Reese’s Pieces miniatures and a homemade Buckeye (a peanut butter based confection dipped in chocolate). Heaven!!! Need I say more? This treat offered the perfect peanut butter to chocolate ratio, but I will say it was a bit too rich to eat every bite (and that’s coming from someone who loves PB and chocolate). But the Buckeye Sundae is perfect to share. Good thing I didn’t order the Double, which I considered. A milkshake version of the treat is available as well.
My husband, not a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate ice cream combo, opted for the more traditional Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae ($3.75), featuring a homemade brownie topped with one scoop of vanilla, hot fudge, real whipped cream and a cherry (peanuts come standard with the sundae, but he requested his sundae without). A delicious classic.
My daughter, 9, ordered a single scoop of cookie dough ice cream served in a handmade waffle cone dipped in chocolate ($4.25). “It reminds me of cookies and milk,” she said after devouring the ice cream. I did manage to sneak a taste with my spoon and agree it was creamy and delicious with scrumptious bites of cookie dough. The waffle cone was a perfect complement. My son, 5 and traditionally not a big fan of ice cream or frozen treats, ordered a single scoop of orange sherbet in a bowl ($2.85). While he hesitated to take the first bite, with a little encouragement he took a spoonful and within minutes was literally licking the bowl clean. The sherbet offers a simple, refreshing taste and is a great lactose-free option, among a few others, on the menu.
Young’s ice cream alone is worth a trip to the dairy farm. The ice cream is made right there on the farm. It is made from a 15 percent butterfat mix (pasteurized milk, cream and sugar mixture). This ice cream is smooth, creamy and rich and available in an abundance of flavors.
Other ice cream options: Young’s ice cream flavors do change frequently. Some flavors that are more traditional and top-sellers and are offered year-round, while others come and go. Expect to find about 50 varieties at any given time. Young’s offers a flavor of the week. July flavors of the week include:
- Week of July 1 - French Vanilla
- Week of July 8 - Black Raspberry
- Week of July 15 - Cake Batter
- Week of July 22 - Chocolate Fudge Brownie
- Week of July 29 - Vanilla
Learn about Young’s ice cream flavors, ingredients and see a full flavor of the week schedule for the year at http://youngsdairy.com/homemade-ice-cream/
While you’re there: Be sure to get an up-close-and-personal visit with the goats, cows and other animals that live at the dairy barn. Other family activities include putt-putt and a driving range, batting cages, a three-lane fast slide, a play area for small children featuring a corn pit and slide, Tyke’s Tractors, a straw pit and bale climbing, plus an inflatable obstacle course and a kiddie train ride.
Michelle Fong is one of Dayton Daily News’ Dining Divas, who are on a mission to find the best dishes in the Dayton area to share with readers. Where should the divas go next? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.