For most people shopping for new shoes isn’t really a quest. When you wear size 16, however, there are a very different set of challenges. A day off and a trip to the Wrentham outlets with my dad proved fruitless, but we stopped in Franklin on the way back and I had a Peanut Butter Brownie cone.
What happens when two brothers have two distinct culinary foci? Well, for brothers Marc and Gary Bluestein, they fused their two greatest passions into a single establishment. Split between pizza and ice cream, depending on where you look, this place is either called Spruce Pond Creamery or Franklin Flatbreads, and has been serving this area for 11 years.
For those just after a scoop, there’s an outdoor window, for those looking to sit and eat, there’s a bunch of tables with a good view into the wood-fired oven. For those looking for outdoor perspectives, there is a balcony that overlooks the namesake pond, and there are picnic tables scattered all around the perimeter of the lot. This family-friendly location is easy to get to as well, located just off of 495.
Since we’d been walking around the outlets, we sat inside and ate calzones before heading to the ice cream side of the menu. We spoke with the chef about his favorites, but not only does he make the pizza, but the ice cream as well, so he couldn’t choose. I started with a taste of the Pecan Pie, but my sample was mostly just a lightly-cinnamoned vanilla with pie crust pieces. A taste of the Guiness was nice, but I landed on the peanut butter brownie.
The ice cream was ruled by the peanut butter, not that there are many instances with peanuts where they don’t take control. Thankfully with this ice cream had all of the taste benefits of peanut butter without becoming so heavy and dense as to overtake all other chewing and eating processes. The regularly-sized brownie bites were mixed in on a chocolate swirl, and gave the peanut butter something that amplified the flavors of each.
The calzones here made me wish that we had split a pizza, but we figured the calzone approach would be quicker. It was, and the pepperoni and cheese calzone I had was so packed with meat that most places would have divided that quantity among three such pieces.
Cone – kiddie $2.95 small $3.50 large $4.50
Sundae – small $4.15 large $5.65
Frappe – 2 scoops $4.45 3 scoops $5
Spruce Pond Creamery
Open year round