Beaver County is home to many legendary establishments. It’s easy to take for granted all that we have right here in our backyard. While most are closed for the season, it doesn’t hurt to look ahead toward the first spring day these places open back up. The list below is a compilation of the top 5 places to get ice cream in Beaver County.
5. Witch Flavor – Beaver
Witch Flavor, the newest business on this list, opened in downtown Beaver in 2011. Witch Flavor serves up ice cream from the famous Creamery on the campus of Penn State University in State College. If you’ve never had ice cream from the Creamery, it’s worth stopping by Witch Flavor. It really is that good. How does Witch Flavor get the ice cream from Penn State? They simply make the 7 hour round trip trek to bring some of the best ice cream in America back to Beaver County.
4. The Windmill – Hopewell Twp.
The Windmill didn’t land on this list because they sell Hershey’s ice cream. There’s really nothing special about that. But there is something special about their amazing soft serve ice cream, snow storms, and milkshakes. Even Barack Obama made a stop here when he was in town a few years back. They’ve been serving customers for over 50 years. The Windmill is as Beaver County as you can get.
3. Punk’s Ice Cream – Baden
Punk’s Ice Cream, located along route 65 in Baden, is a Beaver County staple. Like the Windmill, Punk’s also offers up amazing soft serve. They have a loyal customer base who keep returning time and time again. In addition to the great ice cream, Punk’s has a friendly staff, reasonable prices, and a neat facebook page that always updates customers on their current flavors.
2. Bruster’s – Bridgewater and Hopewell Twp.
Founded in 1989 by Beaver County native, Bruce Reed, Bruster’s has exploded into a phenomenon in 18 different states. The original location in Bridgewater is adjacent to Reed’s other restaurant, Jerry’s Curb Service. Bruster’s goal, according to their website, is to make people happy. They offer a variety of flavors and products that are consistently great. They even give your dog a free scoop of ice cream! While most ice cream businesses in Beaver County close for the winter, Bruster’s stays open year round.
1. Hank’s Frozen Custard – New Brighton
The king of ice cream here in our county since 1947. When it comes to ice cream, in particular custard, no one does it quite like Hank’s. Most youth in the county today only know Hank’s as it looks today. However, I remember when my grandparents would take me to the original Hank’s in its former building when they had chocolate, vanilla, and their flavor of the day. Now, customers can choose from a variety of flavors in a much bigger and more efficient building that was constructed in 2001. Hank’s is so good it can be considered a delicacy when it comes to ice cream.