Savor the Flavor | 7 ice cream sundaes worth the drive
We're way past chocolate syrup as the ice cream sundae topping of choice at these spots.
Ed Berner poured chocolate sauce over a dish of vanilla ice cream for an insistent customer in his Two Rivers soda fountain shop back in 1881 making it the first ice cream sundae — if you believe everything printed on a Wisconsin Historical Society marker. It was a moment of innovation, but soda jerks and ice cream dippers around Wisconsin have hardly stopped exploring the flavor frontier when it comes to toppings. Brownies. Crème Brûlée. Bacon. There's plenty of fun to have at these ice cream shops.
Washington House Museum | 1622 Jefferson Street, Two Rivers | two-rivers.org/attractions.php#
Order the sundae that started it all in a replica of Berner's ice cream parlor that's part of the Washington House Museum.
Crash Belt Buster Brownie Sundae
Belts' Soft Serve, 2140 Division Street, Stevens Point | Facebook
Belt Buster Brownie Sundaes — a recent addition to Belts’ Soft Serve, now in its 37th year of serving tasty treats during the summer season in Stevens Point — feature soft serve, toppings and a big house-made brownie. One of the most popular versions is the Crash Belt Buster. House-made peanut butter sauce, peanut butter cups and hot fudge top the soft serve and brownie base. This is a case where you might want to go with a light dinner before dessert. — Nathan Vine, going out reporter, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Vanilla Crème Brûlée Brownie
Blackwolf Run | 1111 W Riverside Drive, Kohler | americanclubresort.com
Fire and ice? A concoction by Blackwolf Run Chef Paul Smitala combines three great flavors into one heavenly dessert. Crème brûlée, Kohler-made Kahlua ice cream is topped with brownie pieces, candied pecans, and hand-piped whipped cream. With such delicious decadence, it’s no wonder it’s the best-selling item on the menu. The restaurant, inside the Blackwolf Run golf course clubhouse, also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — but be sure to save room for dessert. — Phillip Bock, community engagement reporter, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Crazy Sweet Ice Cream
201 W. College Ave., Appleton (entrance on Appleton Street) | crazy-sweet.com
Call it downtown Appleton’s “sugar rush row.” Three tiny side-by-side sweets purveyors offer candy, ice cream and cupcakes. Crazy Sweet Ice Cream, the middle one, has just 10 seats. The best part of this unfussy, locally owned shop is its view from four bar-stool-height chairs along the window facing Houdini Plaza. Go weird with a “Breakfast in America” sundae with bacon crumbles and maple syrup, or “The Beer Belly” sundae with draft beer jelly beans and beer nuts. Pick your own Cedar Crest ice cream flavors to customize a dish. Sundaes are served in a to-go bowl in case you couldn’t snag a seat and have to walk with it. — Maureen Wallenfang, business reporter, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Zesty's Frozen Custard and Grill | 2639 Lineville Road, Howard; 508 Greene Ave., Allouez; 3718 Riverside Drive, De Pere | zestyscustard.com
Chocolate frozen custard. Hot fudge. Crushed Oreos. It's a three-headed choco monster creation any chocoholic will gladly attack. However, the gooey mallow makes this sundae more than a one-dimensional chocolate overload assault. If you're more of a peanut butter and chocolate junkie, you'll want the Peanut Butter Explosion made with peanut butter cups, peanut butter and hot fudge. There are plenty of more similar concoctions where those came from. — Daniel Higgins, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin food and drink reporter
Classic Banana Split
South Pier Parlor | 434 S Pier Drive, Sheboygan | facebook.com/southpierparlor
Step back in time with a classic sundae in a turn-of-the-century-themed ice cream shop on Sheboygan’s south pier. Hot fudge, a split banana, a scoop each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, all topped with pineapple, hot fudge, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. South Pier Parlor features Petersen's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream, an award-winning staple in the Chicago area since 1919, as well as classic soda fountain drinks and fudge. — Phillip Bock, community engagement reporter, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Door County Sundae
Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard | 4054 Wisconsin 42/Main Street, Fish Creek | notlickedyet.com
Hot fudge and cherries are hardly strangers to the sundae. Tart cherries? Now you know you're in Door County. Add pecans over the hot fudge, tart cherries and frozen vanilla custard, you have a nice twist on a classic that lives up to its name. There are other sundaes with playful names like, Mr. Potato Head topped with crushed potato chips, Snowball Inferno with "molten Door County cherries," and Do You Want To Build A Snowman with vanilla custard "Olaf" in a pool of melted blue moon topping. If it's not peak ice cream time, snag a chair near the creek separating Not Licked Yet from Peninsula State Park and enjoy the lush green scenery. — Daniel Higgins, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin food and drink reporter