Monday, July 12, 2010

The Lewisburg Freez Creamery and Deli Part 1

I was really excited when I found out we were getting a Lewisburg Freez Creamery and Deli five minutes from my house. I have been having a love affair with the Lewisburg Freez on I-15 for 7 months of the year for three years. My major qualms with the original Freez are that they only accept cash and it is on a busy street with hardly any seating. The first time I tried out the new Freez, I ended up going twice in one day. I was impressed that they passed two little tests:

1. They made a milkshake for me that was not on the menu and didn't give me a hard time about it. It was mint cookies and cream flavor and it was delicious.
2. The second time I came in (3 hours later) they didn't say, "Hey, weren't you just here a bit ago?"
(No one likes to be called a greedy guts, even if they DO go out for ice cream twice in one day.)

Things I liked about LFCD:

  • Plenty of places to sit (indoor and outdoor with some shade)
  • Lots of parking
  • Real food available
  • Real ice cream available (instead of just soft serve)
  • Very clean
  • Takes credit cards
  • Lets you taste the ice cream before you purchase it

Things I didn't like about LFCD:

  • No kid-size milk shakes
  • The peanut butter swirl ice cream tasted like vanilla with a drop of peanut butter (Turkey Hill's is better)
  • The staff seems confused with the menu, prices and who was in line first
  • They need an "order here" sign and a "pick up order" sign to help with the general flow of the store
  • A staff member takes a very long time to fill your order while other staff members who could help just stand around doing nothing
  • Sometimes they don't have labels on the hard ice cream and so they have to tell you what each flavor is, it seems like it would save time to just label them

My first suggestion for LFCD is to sell kid-sized shakes, after all they sell the other kid-sized items that are sold at the original Freez. My other suggestion is to put 10 times more peanut butter in their peanut butter swirl ice cream or at least change the name to something more fitting like "Hint of Peanut Butter."

A small milkshake costs $2.50. A kid's milkshake at the Freez on I-15 costs $1.75. My kids and I love the kid's size shakes, they provide just the right amount of shake without overwhelming you. My kids ordered a small shake each and then saved half in the freezer at home because they couldn't finish in one sitting. A small is way too big for the average child.

The hand scooped ice cream I had was Strawberry Cheesecake flavor and it was excellent. It was strawberry ice cream with dice-sized chunks of cheesecake in it. I also tried Birthday Cake which tasted like white cake mix batter with tons of sprinkles and Sticky Bun which tasted similar to D & L's sticky buns in Mifflinburg. On a scale of 1-10 with generic store brand ice cream at 1 and Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs at 10, I would rate the ice cream at LFCD at an 8. It was very creamy with a moderate amount of chunks. I should mention that for $1.75, they give you a very generous scoop of ice cream.

Some of the other flavors they carry are Black Raspberry, Vanilla, Teaberry, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate with Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Pecan Praline, Mint Chip, Fudge Swirl and Cookie Dough. It looks like they carry 16 flavors at a time.

I had a great idea for a date night with four other couples. We're going to order the The Big Bubba: 10 scoops of ice cream, 5 toppings, cookies, brownies, whipped cream . . . and all dig in at the same time. It costs $24.95 so each couple will only have to chip in $5. We'll see how that goes in Part 2.


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Yes, my sentiments exactly! :) Great review!