Before ice cream, cones were only filled with cheerleading chants and an overwhelming sense of responsibility for organizing traffic. Enjoy a conical dessert with today’s Groupon to Goody’s Soda Fountain & Candy Stores. Choose between the following options:
- For $3, you get $6.50 worth of ice cream and soda-fountain desserts.
- For $6, you get $13 worth of ice cream and soda-fountain desserts.<p>
Each day at Goody’s Soda Fountain, dessert chefs handcraft natural ingredients into small batches of ice cream to populate a menu of flavors that rotates daily. Guests can scale mountains of ice cream in homemade bowls ($5.50–$7) that conjure the flavor of swedish krumkake cookies, blanketed in toppings such as marshmallow, pineapple, and bittersweet, a chocolate topping made with twice as much cocoa as hot fudge. Spoonfuls of a banana split ($7) remind diners of yesteryear, and a black-forest sundae ($5.50–$7), overflows from its waffle bowl with scoops of chocolate-almond ice cream drizzled in cherries and bittersweet memories of a love affair with a melted popsicle. Guests preferring to sip dessert can opt for peanut-butter or chocolate-mint malts ($5.25–$6.25) or traditional egg creams, saccharine blends of chocolate syrup, cream, and soda water ($2–$3). Orbs of ice cream take polar-bear baths in a cool root-beer float ($3.25) or in any combination of ice cream and soda pop, such as real Cherry Coke and chocolate-almond ice cream. All desserts can be crowned with complimentary heaps of whipped cream, sprinkles, and maraschino laurel leaves.
Goody's Soda Fountain & Candy Stores
Within a shingled Hyde Park cottage, an original soda fountain from the 1930s—complete with silver faucets and a mirror-inlaid bar—has dispensed handmade ice cream since 1984. Today, Goody's Soda Fountain & Candy Stores models its housemade cones after krumkake—Scandinavian waffle cookies—and fills them with rotating flavors of ice cream churned in small batches every day. Cold meets hot with toppings such as housemade hot fudge and bittersweet, which contains twice as much chocolate as traditional hot fudge. Goody's also pulls shots of espresso from a coffee bar and fills glass jars with more than 50 flavors of Jelly Belly jellybeans. The shop celebrates holidays with seasonal treats such as Valentine's Day chocolate assortments, chocolate bunnies for Easter, and portable voting-booth snacks for Election Day.
On hand to help navigate the ever-changing selection is a “helpful staff . . . as sweet as the candy,” according to Boise Weekly. Guests slurp up their sweets amid the chocolate-brown and cream-white antique decor or, in the summer, on a garden patio hedged in by flower boxes.