There are times when screaming for ice cream is ill advised, such as during the GRE or in a crowded theater full of lactose intolerants. Yelp appropriately for creamy confections with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice-cream treats at Taharka Bros. in Mt. Washington. This Groupon expires October 31, 2011.
Taharka Bros. is a community-minded shop that aims to unite all walks of life under a joy-sustaining parachute of premium sorbet and chilled and churned dairy. Each single or double scoop of ice cream ($2.95 single; $3.95 double) outfits itself with a fresh seasonal flavor culled from local fruits, classic parlor flair, or a choir robe forged from fudge, and may be lovingly shoved into a regular or specialty cone, such as one dipped in chocolate. The Berger cookie milkshake ($4.95) blends spherical treats with the customer's dip of choice, creating a chewy beverage more subtle and sophisticated than corn juice with extra kernel pulp.
As part of an initiative to aid underserved populations and give back to the community at large, each Taharka Bros. locale employs young urban gentlemen to work behind the scenes, passing along valuable business and entrepreneurship skills. Each ice-cream purchase supports Taharka’s gracious goals, so customers can let their hearts warm up even if their brains are temporarily frozen.
Gathered around Shaquille O’Neal in front of the chalkboard scribbled with the day’s ice cream flavors, the staff of Taharka Bros. is positively beaming. While the visit from a basketball legend brings a crowd of admirers into their shop, Taharka’s ice cream wizards have no problem attracting throngs of fans sans the help of Shaq’s presence. Voted one of Baltimore's "Great Milkshakes" by The Baltimore Sun in 2011, and crowned "Best Ice Cream" by Baltimore Magazine in its Best of Baltimore 2010 edition, devotees are drawn in by the eatery's "irresistible ice-cream menu," which includes decadent flavors such as honey graham and salty caramel. Adding to the draw is its ability to "satisfy [your] ravenous social conscience" with its management training program that "offers the chance for urban youth to get a foothold in the workplace." Throughout the day, the entrepreneurial young staffers hone business skills as they hand-make batches of frozen confections using fresh ingredients such as fruits and magic beanstalk beans plucked from local farms. The sense of community and teamwork that goes into the creation of every scoop reflects Taharka Bros.' support of initiatives that uphold civic involvement, social justice, and cultural exchange through the arts.