I hope everyone got to take advantage of the fact that it was National Ice Cream Day yesterday! 🍦🍦🍦 I sure did! I spent the day with my sister and her boyfriend and we made a trip to a local candy shop and ice cream parlor that’s over a hundred years old! First tho, we had to have brunch… 😏
I had half a loaf of Italian bread leftover from making my Cheesy Herby Garlic Toast the night before, so I thought what better use than some good, thick slices of French toast! Cooked up some sausage links and voilà… Brunch!
After brunch we made a short trip to Gardner’s Candies… A local store that’s been in business since 1897 in the small town of Tyrone, PA. They have ten locations throughout our state these days, but we visited the original store where it all started…
The downtown Tyrone location is where Gardner’s candies got its start, and this store features a charming old-fashioned ice cream parlour and candy museum, in addition to the retail store. It’s a cool little place to check out if you ever find yourself in Central Pennsylvania!
Gardner’s was started over a hundred years ago by a sixteen year old boy named James Gardner. The candy museum tells its history in the community and has a large amount memorabilia on display. Even photos and a story about a circus train that wrecked nearby back in 1893!
The shop has just about any kind of candy your heart could desire, from old time “penny” candies, to fudge, and of course chocolates. But they are known for their famous Peanut Butter meltaways… A family recipe with a smooth, creamy peanut butter center draped in Gardner’s rich milk chocolate. These are a must try!
The store’s grown over the years but still strive to bring their customers rich quality chocolates just as they did from the beginning. If you can’t make it here to check out the shop, you can still try Gardner’s delicious chocolates via their website, which states they’ll gift wrap and mail their products to anywhere!
As you can see from the above photo, they don’t skimp on anything here! This banana split must’ve weighed a pound or two 😳, and had all the classic toppings like pineapple, strawberries, hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream, bananas (obviously), and a cherry on top! 🍒 I subbed out peanut butter swirl ice cream for the plain vanilla, which I recommend you try!
Look at that thing… It’s as big as my head! I’d recommend sharing, not that I couldn’t push through this baby myself if I were so determined 😼😆, but I felt bloaty enough after eating just half! Anyways I think I conquered National Ice Cream Day, at least for this year… 😉✌️