Occupying the same spot on a blacktop parking lot since the 1950s, the walk-up windows at Fran-Ceil Custard jog nostalgic memories of generations past. Although the sweetery has been under its current ownership for the past 30 years, the legacy of the shop's namesake Frances and Celia—wives to founders Tony and Michael—lives on not only in name, but also through the same French-style custard that has filled cups for more than half a century. A rotating menu of weekly flavors, such as pistachio, tangerine, or black raspberry, spirals into cones alongside the original chocolate and vanilla custards, and 13 varieties of hard-scoop ice cream form a decadent base for banana splits, fudge brownie sundaes, and poorly constructed suspension bridges. Over the years, homemade sherbets have been added into the mix, making rotating batches of lime, raspberry, and orange scoops.
Powder-blue trim and lush flowers clustered around a quaint clapboard storefront welcome visitors to Vincenzo's Italian Ice. The dessert parlor swaps traditional ice cream for less-fattening frozen treats, including silky gelato transported from NYC's Little Italy and italian ice sourced from Philadelphia's secret ice mines. In a simple space adorned with shelves of elegant bottles, customers can peer into the glass case to hunt down their favorite flavors of gelato, ranging from malted milk ball to espresso, or to scope out the rainbow of italian ice varieties, from black cherry to coconut.
At Butterwood Desserts, master cake artists diligently shape, bake, and decorate oven-fresh gourmet treats. Like a translation of Goethe's Faust into binary code, the ever-changing bill of fare adds a contemporary twist to European classics, enticing palates with mouthwatering cookies, brownies, and made-to-order pies and custom cakes. The bakery's glass display case houses tempting treats ranging from Belgian chocolate mousse to carrot cake. Butterwood also employs skilled cake architects to help clients celebrate any occasion, from the family car's first birthday to a talking dog's victory in the state basketball championship.