Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches & Frozen Custard

Kango’s all too happy to pack away his Snuggie and get geared up for frozen treats season. And boy, are KangoGift’s new partners taking Kango back to his days as a mere joey, chasing ice cream trucks and asking a Kanga here or there to the local ice cream parlor.

To the great excitement of many of you, we’re adding Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt (of the Rancatore ice cream family – owner Joe Rancatore’s brother runs Toscanini’s) and Abbott’s Frozen Custard (a century-old and beloved NY state institution that’s finally found its way to the Boston area).

For 25 years, Joe’s been making small batches of ice cream for which Lucky Magazine hailed him “a local hero,” and his homemade hot fudge and butterscotch sauces are what The Boston Globe calls “simply the best around." Ranc’s focuses on the classics, making customers happy with scoops, sundaes, frappes, and ice cream cakes. Best of all, they make old-school ice cream cookie sandwiches, with flavors like Hydrox (a.k.a. the original Oreo). All good reasons why they made #1 on the list of Boston’s “Best Ice Cream Parlors” by Gourmet Magazine. Check them out in Belmont or Lexington.

Just the mention of Abbott’s Frozen Custard joining KangoGift has elicited giddy squeals from former NY Staters. Legend has it that Arthur Abbott perfected the frozen custard at the turn of the century, traveling with small carnivals along the eastern seaboard (and peddling his dessert to support his other love - horse races). Frozen custard is more like soft serve in consistency, and devotees will tell you this is “God’s ice cream.”

Abbott’s has been slow-churning their custard onto cones and dishes and whipping them into shakes, floats, flurries, and frozen novelties like the Custard Wheel and Nutty Dip. Hey, even the Obamas were spotted making a Father’s Day trip to a frozen custard shop, so get with it and go visit The Boston Channel’s Chronicle’s “Summer’s Best Treats.”

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