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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream. There is no season for this tasty treat, and Shira will bring you to the ends of the earth, or at least your nearest dairy, for this frozen delight. Whether homemade or not, the ride will be worth the extra calories. This monthly column has become one of the highlights of every issue - we hope you enjoy it too.

Claude's Creamery

289 Delaware Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071 • 610-826-CONE • Mon-Thurs 11:30-8 • Fri-Sun 11:30-9


ClaudesBikePalmerton, PA sits along a route that we often take when traveling south from the Delaware Water Gap. Cherry Valley Road leading to Smith Gap Road then on to the state game lands are most enjoyable. It was on one of our recent jaunts that the hunger pangs hit just as we were passing Claude’s. It happened to be a bonus that, in addition to food of substance, they were a full service ice cream parlor. h happy day.

Parking can be found on the street or behind in a large parking lot. You enter through the ice cream portion for enticement then can make your way to the seating areas, both inside and out. They have a nice patio with umbrellaed tables.

The food du jour here is the hot dog, which you can have almost any way you’d like. Let’s start with a plain old Spillane’s dog on a toasted New England-style roll. As much as I searched, I could not find the origin of a Spillane hot dog, and I’m pretty sure that it has nothing to do with the detective Mickey Spillane, but I could be wrong. If anyone out there can give me an answer, I’ll owe you a dog.

Moving along, there are many options and here are a few: Californian with lettuce, tomato, onions,ClaudesDogs pickles, mayo and American cheese, New Yorker with sauerkraut, NY onions (what makes them different? Again, I don’t know) and brown mustard, or the Coney Island with white onions (instead of NY onions?), Coney Island chili sauce (that’s from NY) and cheddar cheese with mustard. You can opt for a sausage sandwich, either hot or mild with peppers, onions and marinara sauce or some Polish kielbasa.

If you are feeling creative, there is a VERY long list of topping, both free and premium at $.50 each, such as jalapenos, chipotle mayo, homemade pickles, mac ‘n cheese and American Easy Cheese (what could THAT be?). You can get a couple of dogs and a fountain drink for about five bucks – now that’s a deal.

Dogs done, let’s have some dessert. Claude’s proudly serves Hershey’s premium ice cream, of which they have 48 flavors and some daily specials. If you’ve visited shops that carry this brand, you’ll know that it is high quality, delicious and pretty consistent, no matter where you get it. I’ll just highlight some of the flavors that piqued my interest: Deep Dish Apple, Bourbon Brown Butter Truffle, Peanut

ClaudesShiraButter Pretzel, Sea Salt Caramel Cookies and Cream, Cappuccino Crunch, Vanilla Volcano (with real vanilla beans), Cup-O-Joe and Butter Brittle Crunch. Of particular interest were Teaberry – pretty much a Pennsylvania thing – and Magical Unicorn. First, if you actually find a magical unicorn, why in the world would you grind it down to make ice cream? Second, if you read a description like this, ‘Enchanted purple and white sweet cream ice cream, swirled with sweet and sour cherry and blue raspberry rainbows, bedazzled with star-colored lemon candy flakes’ and aren’t a 5-year-old girl, would you still ordered it?

They have soft serve, with Flavor Burst, which has become a popular item, as well as their Crunchi Cream and Claudehoppers – sort of their versions of a DQ Blizzard – soft serve with an assortment of mix-in options. You can get your plain cone, waffle cone, sundae, shakes and floats, as well as Italian ice or gelato. Can’t decide on a flavor? They will offer up a tasting spoon, with a smile, so you will be satisfied that you’ve chosen wisely, grasshopper.

If you are travelling the backroads in this area, Claude’s makes for a nice stop for a small bite or just a break for some delicious ice cream. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the ice cream trail!ClaudesOldManCone