We like ice cream, and used a trip to our state capitol yesterday as an excuse to visit one of our favorite parlors, Central Dairy. Their ice cream is, as their advertisements say, “fresh as a Missouri morning,” or as I say, “Oh, man….”
Don’t be fooled by the uninspired façade. The ice cream is good, good, good and good. It is difficult to choose among their 42 ice cream flavors, but the four of us with all our different tastes and textures, were pleased. They also have 6 frozen yogurt flavors, 5 low fat varieties, 5 sherbets and 2 no sugar added versions, but this is America, and we are Americans. None of that sissy stuff for us, right?
|Aubrey and Eric Estrada enjoying a cone.|
There is always a line waiting to get in the door, but the line breaks down as customers dart between each other trying to look into the freezers to make the best selection. The 8 or 9 red-shirted servers somehow always keep track of whose turn it is and get the orders right.
Yesterday, I asked one to help me choose between the Bear Claw – “A dark chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate coated cashews and swirled with a luscious thick golden caramel” – and the Tiger Tracks – “Golden ice cream loaded with chocolate coated cookies, decadent chocolate truffles and stripes of rich fudge.”
She leaned over conspiratorially and whispered, just above the din, “try the Muddy River,” which, I thought, was perfect since we were only a matter of yards from the original muddy river, the “Big Muddy” Missouri. “Gimme two scopes,” I said.
The Muddy River is “Rich brownie batter ice cream swirled with butter fudge ribbon and sprinkled with chocolate truffles and white chocolate flakes,” and boy, is it good.
If you find yourself in Jefferson City, check out Central Dairy on 610 Madison Street. I’m pretty sure that’s why GPS was invented.