Tried Bruster's Ice Cream in Lancaster for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it just wasn't very good. The staff was pleasant, they had some fun flavors going on, but the ice cream itself was pretty bad. For some reason, I like to think that an ice cream shop that makes their own should at least be half way decent. It should be better than anything commercially available in the super market. Why would I go to this place if I can get a half gallon of yummy Turkey Hill for just a little more? In fact, it wasn't even as good as DQ - how is that possible?
My chocolate marshmallow was way too sweet, not very creamy, and not even all that chocolaty. The wife had some kind of coffee flavor and it was a little grainy and not all that creamy either. She actually contemplated tossing it before reaching the cone. Living in Pennsylvania, I find that there are plenty of locally shops that know what they are doing, so I was surprised to learn that Bruster's started in PA!
I've had Cold Stone a few times and while it's really an over-priced gimick, at least it's half way decent ice cream.
I guess the question is - am I alone in my assessment? Did we get a couple of bad batches or a bad location?