Any excuse to go out for ice cream is a good one – just ask Grenville! Of course,we had a friend visiting the F&P this holiday weekend and when he offered to treat, then NO excuse was needed. Just get in the car and go, so we did and headed right to our favorite local ice cream shop – the Sugar Shack.
Ice cream is the feature on the menu and it’s only Hershey’s Ice Cream. And, also frozen yogurt and sherbet. for any non ice-cream lovers (whoever they may be).
If you’re thinking this is the same company that makes chocolate – it’s NOT. Hershey’s Ice Cream was founded by the Hershey brothers, Jacob, Isaac, John, Paris, and Eli in 1894 – no relation to the The Hershey Company founders. The company operated from the Hershey family's Lancaster County farmhouse and was one of the first to offer consumers pre-packaged ice cream pints. Ice cream was packed in metal-lined wooden containers that the brothers designed and built. The containers were loaded into trucks with ice packed around them to keep the ice cream fresh and cold. Salesmen traveled daily routes to deliver to customers in the county and surrounding areas.
In the 1920s, the company merged with the Holder family's Bethlehem-based Meyer Dairy Company, but kept the Hershey name was taken over by the Holder family. With their shared names and cities of origin, Hershey Creamery and Hershey Company (founded by Milton S. Hershey, no relation to the brothers) have had an uneasy relationship marked by lawsuits over trademark issues. In the mid-1990s, the companies settled their most recent legal battles with Hershey’s Creamery agreeing to add a disclaimer on its products, website, promotional items, and releases to state, “not affiliated with Hershey's Chocolate".
So, now you know the difference.
But, I digress (as usual). When you’re at the Sugar Shack, There’s lots to look at inside while waiting for your order. See if you can detect a “theme” to the decor. (No, this candy is not made by the “other” Hershey company.)
The house specialty here is its signature banana split. We had one of these a couple of years ago for an anniversary treat. Yes, it’s as large (and good) as it looks.Hard to believe that we passed on this treat and settled on sundaes instead cause we still had Grenville’s ribs to enjoy for dinner. This was just an appetizer! Isn’t ice cream the best comfort food?