A master salesman must be able to sell ice cream to an Eskimo—a notoriously difficult task, as Eskimo tend to prefer penguin-crafted sherbet imported directly from Antarctica. Defy Inuit intuition and sample a frozen treat with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream and more at Sweet Pea's Ice Cream, located in Highwood.
Serving ice cream from the award-winning Chocolate Shoppe dairy in Madison, Sweet Pea's Ice Cream digs out dollops of rich delights in a nostalgic parlor setting that recalls the golden age of cool creamy indulgence. Icemen cometh to choose from dozens of choice flavors, filling cones and cups with old faithfuls, chocolate and vanilla, as well as creative concoctions, including Mint Avalanche and Door County Cherry ($3.13 for a single scoop; $4.96 for a pint). A Sweet Pea's trademark treat, the dark chocolate-covered frozen banana ($3) covers its fruity base in a decadent outer coating. The parlor also pours liquid leche delicacies in the form of milkshakes ($5.56), brown cows, and sodas. In tribute to the old-fashioned ice-cream joints of yore, Sweet Pea's plays classic movies and television, blasts big band and rock 'n' roll jams, and broadcasts Soviet astro-scientists angrily shouting Buddy Holly songs.
- A little out of the way, but worth the trip. Great end to a weekend drive. – jim, Urbanspoon
Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream
While patrons sit with their cone or banana split, Gene Kelly dances across TV screens and the stereo crackles with big band swing, but this isn't a scene plucked from a Norman Rockwell painting. Sweet Pea's Ice Cream does its best to re-create the feel of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Even the image of Sweet Pea herself is sure to remind visitors of dimple-cheeked Shirley Temple. She's actually the owners' daughter, but her persona talks up the shop's chilly treats, from ice cream churned at a family-owned dairy in Wisconsin to the menu's signature dessert, chocolate-covered frozen bananas. Familiar flavors such as chocolate are served alongside more exotic tastes such as Door County Cherry or Mint Avalanche. Even the hand-dipped bananas come in a variety, such as dark chocolate and peanut butter—a combo bound to send Elvis impersonators into a frenzy.