What is a trip to the beach without ice cream? The Calabash Creamery in Calabash County, NC offers some of the most delicious ice cream I’ve tasted. So good, in fact, that we visited twice in one day. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that!
After a sunny dolphin-watching cruise, we stopped by the Creamery. We were all a little tired and the kids were hungry. The menu was long and creative, and I decided to order the salted caramel ice cream. It was the perfect blend of sweet and salty. You might even say it was life-changing. My kids went with bubble gum and black cherry. We enjoyed our ice cream cones in the large rocking chairs lining the front porch of the creamery.
Later in the day, we debated ordering dessert at the restaurant where we were having dinner. Before the dessert menu arrived my husband grinned sheepishly and said, “Want to go back to the Creamery?” The agreement was unanimous - a rare occurrence with a five and seven year old.
For our second ice cream of the day, I went with a sugar cone of Plantation Prailline. Think sophisticated butter pecan. My husband ordered salty dog which was chocolate ice cream with salted peanuts and pretzels. Yum! The kids picked black cherry ice cream again, but topped it with gummy bears. If their smiles were any indication, they made wise choices.
The philosophy at The Calabash Creamery is “to serve the best ice cream, made from the best ingredients with the most friendly service.” I’d say they live up to that philosophy. They only use fresh ingredients, which is why you will only find flavors like cantaloupe, sunset peach, and strawberry during the summer months. They also say the secret is in the cream. 16% butterfat cream, that is! It’s okay. You’re on vacation. Even if you go back twice!
Disclaimer: Our latest trip to the Brunswick Islands included a complimentary stay at the Sea Trail Plantation and Golf Resort on Sunset Beach and passes to several activities on the islands courtesy of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, but the opinions expressed herein are my own.