When you drive around New England, you’re bound to stumble upon an ice cream shoppe within a pretty limited amount of time. If you’re crossing Pennsylvania by interstate, you need to plot a route and hope that your information is correct. We got close and asked for directions and were told that Buff’s was just on the other side of the creek. There I found a Teaberry cone.
Route 80 goes the entire length of the state of Pennsylvania, but doesn’t pass through any cities other than Scranton. Even State College is too significant a detour when all of the daytime hours are going to be spent in the car. A little pre-planning and I located this spot as a place that was close enough to 80 so as not to be too far out of the way. Plus I figured we could make a bathroom/gas break out of things if we needed.
If it weren’t for the weathering apparent on the sign outside of this place, it would be easy to think a time warp had landed us back in 1985. It’s got a retro olde timey feel, but seems like that first revival of classic Americana. This place is full of apparatus and candies that you half expect to be covered in an inch of dust. I was only bummed that I didn’t see any of those Pennsylvania Dutch lemon drops that I recall from country stores in my childhood.
This really is a Dairy Queen land. Most places don’t provide any other options, so finding a home made ice cream place in this territory is a treat. Walking in, the scent of nuts is strongest and there is a heated carousel with more nut options than you find outside of Fenway Park on game day. They do seem to charge for everything here, aas this is the first time that I’ve been charged extra to get a sugar cone.
Teaberry seems like a good flavor to try here, heck, I’m actually surprised that I don’t see Beemans gum by the register. The pink hue to the ice cream is obviously artificial, but it is the same color choice that Beals uses for their take on this same flavor. The results are sweeter, with less of the bite of the mint in the taste. It’s more like eating the gum than chewing on actual teaberrry leaves (they grew rampant in my backyard so I used to chomp all the time). The cream has got a bit of an icy mouthfeel, but I figured that might be the case as this place doesn’t seem to do as brisk a business as it might if it were in New England. All told a great treat to find in the middle of nowhere and a worthy stop if you ever make this trek.
Downtown Brookville is restricted to one street and there seemed to be a few places I would check out if I were less harried. The aforementioned creek runs parallel to this street down the hill a few blocks. There are lots of hills as this is about as high in elevation as the Appalachians get. Oh, and as an added bonus, Buff’s makes their own root beer (lots of vanilla, moderate bite) and probably makes a mean float.
Cone – child $1.30 1-scoop $1.85 2-scoop $2.85 3-scoop $3.85 (sugar cone +$.25)
Sundae – child $1.60 small $2.25 medium $3.40 large $4.60
Milkshake – small $2.95 medium $3.95 large $4.95
Buff’s Home Made Ice Cream & Candies
Open year round
Monday-Saturday 11a-9p Sunday noon-9p