Hungry in Harrisburg: A community blog

Join recent transplant Joelle Shea as she discovers food in central Pennsylvania for the first time. Get information on the restaurants she tries, as well as recipes and cooking tips.

I Scream for Custard

Written by Joelle Shea, Community blogger | Jun 20, 2012 1:57 PM

Since summer is in full swing and temps are supposed to peak in the 90s today, let’s talk ice cream. And custard. And Italian ice. All of those perfectly cold treats that help us manage summer heat.

I frequent (thanks to the recommendation of my parents) Han’s Frozen Custard.  They are new to me - because everything in Central PA is at this point – but you may know them from their former locations at the Broad Street Market and Williams Grove Rd. Han’s serves homemade chocolate and vanilla custard and a great assortment of homemade ice cream and sorbetto also. Don’t miss the turn for their parking lot, it sneaks up on you- they are on Gettysburg Rd. in Camp Hill right across from Pizza Grille.

The gelato  at Alvero’s in Harrisburg is offered in the perfect variety of tart, sweet, fruity and nutty flavors. And you can pick up decadent cookies, cannoli, and freshly made bread while you are there as well.  As I think about all that Alvero’s has to offer, I realize I may have to dedicate a whole post to the family owned gem in Old Uptown.

My sister recommends Maggie’s Italian Ice in Mechanicsburg, and I’ve had their ice cream and custard as well. The Husband – ever the carnivore – prefers their hot dogs and chili dogs over ice cream, but I love him anyway!

Coworkers swear by Meadows Custard, a franchise with shops across central PA and in Maryland. I’ve been to the shop on Jonestown Road a couple of times and have always found the staff friendly and helpful.  You can check their “flavors of the day” before heading to the store, which is a useful feature for those of us who want to dream about dessert all day. And I mean all day.

Of course there is the nearly ubiquitous Rita’s Water Ice and the chain options like Dairy Queen, but where do you go for your summer treat? What is your favorite ice cream shop in the area?

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