It's hard to visit the adorable town of Essex and not notice the Essex Ice Cream Cafe. Essex has the cutest main street, right on the shore of Lake Champlain, and the shop is situated right in the middle of it.
They have a huge variety of hard ice cream flavors, including one called Superman that's bright red, yellow, and blue.
They also have one named after Champ, Champy Chocolate. And they have no fat and no sugar options as well.
But the friendly employees said the most popular flavor is Cappucino Crunch, so I gave that a try.
It was delightful! Not too heavy, and with a little bit of crunch — just the way I like it. I can see why it's popular!
What would you drink alongside Cappucino Crunch ice cream? The cafe also specializes in coffee products. They serve coffee, espresso, cappucino, iced lattes, and all the other coffee drinks you could possibly imagine, including a milkshake with espresso.
And they sell bagged coffee if you want to take some home!
If you're not just looking for dessert or coffee, the cafe still has you covered. They have a handful of lunch options that look super tasty.
The eats are not the only reason to visit this cute cafe. It's a family landmark with a great atmosphere, and the poll in the middle of the shop encourages families to mark their progress as they visit each year.
You've got to love a business that includes such a homey touch!
The cafe also sells a bunch of fun products, like ice cream-shaped bubbles:
Things like coozies and coffee mugs with the cafe's logo on them:
And there's a whole wall of fun T-shirts:
The place has a slight bacon obsession, with bacon-related shirts, mints, and candy:
And there's fun little things throughout the store like a teddy bear named Ice Cream Sheriff:
There's also one of those cool rides kids can play on for a quarter, specialized for the shop!
And this guy at the door to greet you and, as you leave, to tell you to come back soon!
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