Actually screaming for ice cream makes throats so sore that they are no longer able to scream, despite being even more in need of ice cream. Acquire tasty treats quietly with today’s Groupon: for $3, you get $6 worth of ice cream at The Hop. Today's Groupon is valid at both Ashevile locations.
The Hop dishes out brain freezes in a wide variety of unique flavors, created using local ingredients whenever possible. Saddle house-made waffle cones with scoops ($1.85–$3.60) of ice cream in tastes that have included everything from salted caramel and Nutella to spinach raspberry-swirl and carrot cake. Reformed soda jerks can plunk sweet scoops into their soda of choice to relive their drugstore days with a frosty ice-cream float ($3.70) or classic fizz ($3.70), and vegans can indulge their own creamy cravings with dips and sundaes served sans dairy ($2–$4.75). Toppings of hot fudge, caramel, and butterscotch accessorize chilly treats alongside a smorgasbord of fresh fruit, nuts, and candies ($0.75 each), and real-fruit smoothies, such as the pineapple, coconut, and banana-blended Tropical Temptation, restore viscous vigor to health seekers ($4.05).
Should sugar cravings continue to persist, tamp them with one of The Hop's specialty signature desserts, such as warm slice of pie a la mode or the warm Brownie Delight, topped with ice cream, hot fudge or caramel, whipped cream, and a cherry ($5.40). Never ones to forget four-legged confectionary compatriots, the shop also caters to canine tastes with Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream––an original yogurt-based blend of all-natural ingredients made without added sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives, or mailman byproducts.
The Hop’s dairy mavens look no further than their own stomping grounds when culling the fresh, local ingredients they use to concoct their gourmet ice cream. Since it’s illegal to scream for ice cream in a crowded building, servers sate fierce cravings for the glacial delight by plunging creamy scoops into organic sodas, piling them into housemade waffle cones, and drizzling them with the shop’s own hot fudge and chocolate syrup. In addition to indulgent confections, The Hop caters to health-conscious gourmands with vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free ice creams made from scratch, as well as fresh-fruit sorbets and fair-trade coffee.
In addition to appeasing sweet teeth, The Hop also serves as a welcoming hangout spot where guests can enjoy free, family-friendly events, including live music, magicians, and jugglers scheduled every Tuesday. The cheerful, carefree setting also hosts birthday parties replete with a build-your-own-sundae bar and face painting.