Though high-school teacher Jason Knight had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and dreamed of opening a cookie and ice cream parlor, he also didn’t know “anything about making ice cream,” as he once explained to the Winston-Salem Journal. Intrigued by his friend’s dream and eager to support him on this endeavor, Edgar Everett—a chiropractor by trade—joined forces with his college pal, and the two immersed themselves in all things sweet, from ice-cream-making seminars to baking classes; thus Cookies + Cream was born, sating sweet cravings with batches of freshly baked cookies and housemade ice cream.
In the years since handing a freshly minted waffle cone to his first customer, Jason has spent countless hours perfecting the recipes for 45 different flavors of ice cream, including inventive options such as banana macadamia chip, cinnamon stick, and caramel latte. Warm, fragrant clouds of baked cookies and brownies escape the kitchen and flood the shop, and milkshakes and sundaes cool down mouths overheated from fielding crank phone calls from auctioneers. Guests can get their treats to go or snuggle into the seating area as they sip their coffees and plug into the shop’s free WiFi. Jason and Edgar also host fundraising events on a regular basis. For example, Doggy Day is a benefit for Stepping Stones Canine Rescue replete with doggy ice cream, face painting, and pet caricature drawings for pups able to laugh at the size of their snouts.
Café Roche is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).
Dairy Queen offers a cool, frosty respite from harsh summer heat with a variety of frozen ice-cream delicacies. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms dissolve flavor lockouts with classic candies, cookies, or fruits blended to unmatched thickness with soft serve ($3.59 for a medium) spun in a specialty centrifuge for maximum creaminess. The waffle-bowl sundae delivers vanilla ice cream nestled in a chocolate-bedecked waffle-cone bowl with a choice of tempting toppings ($3.95), and the milkshake ($2.59 for a medium) puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability and willingness to fit into cup holders and miniature siege cannons.
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All Blue Ridge's 13 daily flavors of ice cream are scooped by hand, in order to avoid the lingering metal taste and brain freezes caused by robot servers. Flavors are constantly changing; some favorites include Brandy Alexander, coffee Oreo, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Gelato flavors morph and evolve as well, from tropical lime one day to honey lavender the next. One-scoop servings of ice cream are $2.40, whereas single-shot gelato is $2.80; put a bigger sweet tooth down with a double-barreled cone of ice cream for $3.60 or gelato for $4.20. Pour scrumptiously molten toppers such as caramel and hot fudge over your frigidly solid-state cream or gelato for a $4.25 sundae, or get the biggest bang for your buck with a large sundae for $5.25. One daily sorbet and sherbet flavor is also available, and you can upgrade your delivery device to a waffle cone for $1 extra.
Every day, custardologists at Wolfies hand-mix 20 batches of creamy frozen treats, displaying their colorful creations for customers to stack into cones or sprinkle with toppings, earning the sweeterie a feature in the New York Times. Freshly churned custard has less fat than does ice cream and less air than a flat tire on Mars, helping to create Wolfies' signature ultracreamy scoop. Great filler for cones ($4.50/two scoops), pints ($6), and milk shakes ($4.50/16 oz.), Wolfies' 50 regularly appearing flavors include hazelnut, blueberry, and mango. The menu tempts sweet teeth by arranging the embellished custards in three-scoop banana splits ($5.53) and coffee-blended Wolf Caffes ($4.50/16 oz). The Screamwich ($3.50) realizes the dream sandwich of childhood with its filling of rich custard enclosed in chocolate-chip cookies with crusts cut off for optimum enjoyment.