Between the fact that my sister-in-law was out of town and that he had witnessed me taking a softball to my noggin the day before, my brother Tim was proactive in getting me up this morning. We were joined at Precint by Tom for brunch. Then the three of us rode around in search of ice cream, ultimately finding a Totally Turtle cone, a chocolate jimmy coated Green Monster cone, and a bowl of Coffee respectively.
It was Tim’s driving that left me spun moreso than any residual effects of my beaning, but when we had nearly given up hope of finding something, this facade with a paintjob made up of cow spots was right in front of us. The best sign of all was that they had even painted the fire hydrant with the same color scheme. The three technicolor benches at the front of the store were the only seating to be seen, this was an old school ice cream stand that relies on the kindness of neighbors.
While a few other spots we located nearby proclaimed that they served Richardson’s ice cream, Dairy Delight calls their ice cream Moolicious. The truth is evident once I look at the menu board; this ice cream is also from Richardson’s. The soft serve here is from Hood, and those looking for Italian Ice can find Richie’s here (though I recommend against ordering the kiddie size on that).
Somehow, Tom didn’t opt to create some sort of concoction combining his ice cream with a nip that could have been easily acquired at the Kappy’s liquor store that occupies the adjacent building. Instead everyone opted for simple choices and no one went through an array of samples before making a selection. Tim’s biggest issue was deciding whether to get chocolate jimmys or rainbow sprinkles. On an overcast day like this the lines were short enough for this to seem to matter.
My cone was the totally turtle – a vanilla ice cream with a caramel swirl, cashews, and pieces of fudge. The caramel did a good job of neutralizing any vanilla flavor and instead left the bulk of the work up to the nuts. The cashews were flavorful, but had begun to lose the fresh crunch to the ice cream. The random pieces of fudge didn’t even make much sense in this mix, but they were almost there as something to chew more than to bring any chocolate flavor to the cone as they didn’t seem to mix together with the other flavors.
After looping around this territory, it was funny to drive back and find that we were just north of Malden Center. We spun around there taking notice of Jay’s Ice Cream at the intersection with Rt 60. Tom ran in and found they too served Richardson’s. It really is a question of ambiance I guess. Are you ok with standing on the sidewalk or do you prefer sitting and easy parking in the middle of a Walgreens lot? Ultimately I’ll take the sidewalk and the character that comes with the paint job at Dairy Delight.
Cone – kiddie $2.50 small $3.25 medium $3.75 large $4.25
Sundae – small $3.85 medium $4.75 large $5.50
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