When John Ritter thinks back to 1948, he can almost taste the frozen treats he churned out during his after-school job at the local ice-cream parlor. Now, after a 35-year career as a film animator, he helps others to enjoy similarly sweet memories at Ritter's Frozen Custard. Here, friendly staffers handcraft each batch of frozen custard, an ultrapremium ice cream as smooth as a jazz record dipped in chocolate. At the counter, guests can sample the flavors of the day, which range from tart blueberry to gooey, crunchy mocha-almond fudge. Scoops of classic vanilla—along with more than 25 toppings—fill specialty creations such as brownie sundaes, hand-dipped malts, and freezer-ready ice-cream sandwiches.
• For $5, get $10 worth of ice cream treats and food at the Dairy Queen or $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks from Orange Julius on Michigan Street in South Bend. • For $5, get $10 worth of ice cream treats and food at the Dairy Queen or $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks from Orange Julius on South Bend Avenue in South Bend. • For $5, get $10 worth of smoothies and fruit drinks at the Orange Julius in the University Park Shopping Center in Mishawaka. Dairy Queen and Orange Julius fill empty bellies with smoothies, ice cream treats, and a savory menu of hot meals. Dairy Queen's specialty Blizzard blends slurpable soft-serve ice cream with candy, cookies, fruit, or deep-fried snowflakes ($3.69 for a medium). Craft a DIY drink or opt for ready-mades such as the heath-bar Blizzard, which wakes up taste buds by pairing cappuccino ice cream with crispy chunks of shattered toffee. Alternatively, incinerate hunger with the half-pound FlameThrower Grillburger, a beef boulder spicily slathered with DQ's original FlameThrower sauce, blanketed with fiery pepperjack cheese, and striped with hot jalapeno bacon before being crowned with lettuce and tomato atop a toasted bun ($4.99).
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