I love The Village in Claremont. It's so quaint, so peaceful, and there's exactly one of everything. Burt & Rocky's would be the one ice cream shop-slash-candy store. It's toothachingly retro, with freshly dipped candy apples and jars of colorful candy everywhere.
But cutesiness aside, I go to Burt & Rocky's for one reason:
PEPPERMINT ICE CREAM
Their peppermint ice cream won a gold medal in 1997. Where? I forget, but I think the Pomona County fair (largest county fair in the country!).
One bite and I sighed "Oh, it tastes like Christmas." My friends who took a few bites shared the sentiment. The ice cream is Barbie doll pink, minty, and interspersed with small chunks of peppermint candy. The candy is crispy in the center but has sort of melted into a minty goo around the edges.
The ice cream itself is stabilizer free, meaning it has that creamy, full fat, traditional ice cream shop texture and melts so quickly you can barely keep it off your fingers (it was also 80 degrees outside--in November).
$2.20 for a "small" that looks more like a double scoop to me (compared with your average West side gelato shop or Ben & Jerry's, Rite Aid, etc.).
I'm working my way through a quart of Dr. Bob's Scharffen Berger Works due to recs on this board a few days ago, but I find myself longing for Burt & Rocky's both for flavor and texture. Dr. Bob's is good, but I really hate carageen in my ice cream.
And that peppermint...oh, it's to die for. If you like candy canes, thin mints, York peppermint patties, Andes mints, or dinner mints, you owe yourself a trip to Claremont.
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