On one of my lovely long drives into work over hill and dale I spotted a sign saying “Teaberry Soft Serve” and my heart went all a-flutter. I *love* Teaberry and I *love* soft-serve ice cream. Sadly, the place with the sign was not open at 8am. I have no idea why not, ice cream is a dairy product, perfect as yogurt for breakfast!
Anyway, that sign kept haunting me and Saturday I couldn’t take it any more. I loaded my kids up in Kitten (my Kia Soul, not hamster-driven) and went on a drive to see if I could find the place again.
Along the way we stopped at Sledworks to do some antiquing and we also stumbled across a tractor parade. Yes, a tractor parade. I’m not sure what else you would call a long line of tractors in a field with people standing by watching. (We actually had to double-back for that one after we got our ice cream… that’ll be another post.)
So I managed to find the place but now the sign said “Soft Serve Cappucino”. Ruined my day but the nice girl behind the counter did make me a teaberry milkshake so I still got my pink, minty goodness.
Where was this magical place with the teaberry goodness? Twin Kiss Creamery in Shermans Dale, PA. I remember long ago there being a stand-alone Twin Kiss in that area, in front of an IGA if I remember correctly, but that was in the 80s or 90s and lots has changed in Perry County since then.
So if you happen to be wandering through Shermans Dale, stop in at the Twin Kiss Creamery for a treat. You can check them out on Facebook here.
So I moved to Dauphin in 2001 and I really didn’t want to move there. It is kinda out there, ya know? BUT, then I found out that less than a mile from my house was a 3Bs.
3Bs is a local ice cream chain that serves Hershey’s ice cream in HUGE portions, shakes, sundaes, slush puppies, sandwiches and sodas.
There are 3 locations of 3Bs currently: Linglestown just off of Route 39, Duncannon on 11/15 and Dauphin on 225 just off 322. The Duncannon location also has soft serve, not sure about Linglestown. We don’t in Dauphin and that is OK by me.
You can find them on Facebook here.
Below is kids sized cone being enjoyed by Butterfly Girl
I had a very long drive into work last week, if you live along 322 this happens a few times a year. 322 ends up backed up, 11/15 is backed up so you hotfoot it over to Duncannon from the East Shore and take a nice drive through Perry County to make it to your office on the West Shore.
It’s just a Dauphin thing, we do it all the time.
BUT, on my trip I saw a sign that made me pull over. “Teaberry Soft-Serve”. Oh man, I love teaberry. Alas the ice cream shop was NOT open at 8am (but I did make a return trip and got the milkshake above, no soft serve though.)
I asked some of my PIttsburgh Co-workers if they knew about Teaberry Ice Cream, but City Boy had never heard of teaberry and Mr. W only knew of Clark’s Teaberry gum. Funny thing is Clark’s Teaberry was made in Pittsburgh until operations went to Mexico (the parent company is still there) so I’m not sure why City Boy had never heard of it. Guess he just doesn’t get out much.
Just made me wonder where in PA Teaberry is famous, certainly in my neck of the woods in Central PA and in Schuylkill County where my Mom’s family is from.
If you don’t know about it, Teaberry is a flavoring used apparently only in gum and ice cream. There is a teaberry plant that grows in these parts that gets red berries and supposedly this is how this all came about. The flavor of teaberry is a mild wintergreen, a little sweet. My kids think it tastes like Pepto-Bismol or those pink lozenges my grandma always had on her counter.
Below is a wonderful combination – a vanilla and teaberry cone (this is the SMALL folks) from 3Bs in Dauphin. Read about them here.