With all due respect to Komomya's post below I believe this is a significant statement that I wanted to receive the attention it deserves.
Andrew Gifford, of the Gifford family wrote this a year ago in the Santa Fe Writer's Project: http://santafewritersproject.blogspot...
This excerpt details how Cal, formerly the plant manager of Gifford's at Georgia and Sligo in Silver Spring, opened York Castle in Montgomery Hills (featuring Carribean flavors) soon after Gifford's closed. It goes on to note that the "recipe" that was sold was not the correct one. ONLY the ice cream sold at York Castle was the same.
"You can get a scoop of real Gifford’s ice cream today thanks to Cal, mentioned above, who (perhaps unknowingly) contributed his notes to the forged recipes. His York Castle ice cream shop is an unassuming hole in the wall, and it’s the finest ice cream in the area. It’s not exactly Gifford’s, as Cal’s perfected his own technique over the last 20 years, but it’s damned close. He’s also kept the tradition of seasonal ice cream and the famous Gifford’s ice cream logs. The fresh peach ice cream? Yeah, it’s the same. The rum raisin and the peppermint stick? Yep, that’s Gifford’s."
But Cal sold York Castle several years ago and the new owners have changed the recipe.
Recently Cal opened the "new York Castle" on Hungerford Drive where the old Kohr Bros. was. He is selling the exact same flavors, Swiss sundae, sodas, etc. that the original Gifford's sold from 1937 to circa 1980. The Gifford's in Bethesda and elsewhere is NOT the same Gifford's that Washingtonians like myself grew up with.
Go to Rockville. From Manassas, from Lutherville, from Waldorf. This is GREAT ice cream that is "worth the journey." I was in Gifford's the last day it was open; I was in the original York Castle the first day it opened. Rockville is a short distance from Reston to recapture a memory and a taste. I am guessing that he probably has fresh pumpkin on the menu. It was one of the original Gifford's best flavors.
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