Food & Fun: Handel’s Ice Cream

I love ice cream. I eat it in warm weather and I eat it in cold weather…it makes no difference to me. Over the years I have identified many favorite places to get it and many different flavors that I really enjoy. For instance, if I am in Evansville I will absolutely get some ice cream either at G.D. Ritzy’s (O-O-Oreo or Kentucky Pecan Fudge) or Lic’s (Chocolate Almond). If I am in St. Louis, the choice is Ted Drewes. If I am in Oklahoma, it’s Braum’s and so on.

When I am at home there is basically one place that I go for ice cream: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. Handel’s has been making people smile since 1945 and they have been rated in USA Today, People Magazine and countless travel guides as one of the best ice cream shops in the country. They have many flavors that I enjoy: Banana Cream Pie (yes, with actual chunks of pie crust), Buckeye, Snappy Turtle and Chocoholic Chunk. But there is one flavor that far and away takes the cake for me: Spouse Like A House.

I know, great name for a flavor huh? Here is the description: Vanilla malt ice cream with a ribbon of peanut butter and whole chocolate covered pretzels that have been stuffed with peanut butter. I will give you a moment to take that in…..

I have taken this flavor to, what I consider to be, a new level. There are a couple of the Handel’s workers who remember me for my special creation. It is an experience that you will not soon forget! If you love peanut butter & chocolate, I highly encourage you to try it. Make sure that you have a glass of water nearby though!

BT's Special Creation

BT's Special Creation

I have them fill a cup with Spouse Like A House. Then, they cover it in Reese’s brand peanut butter syrup. The final touch: chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Again, I will give you a moment to fully take that in…..

It is, in my opinion, the finest combination of ice cream, chocolate and peanut butter that you will ever find!!

I hope that you will find some time to give it a shot sometime soon. It’s not on the menu but if you describe it, they will make it for you.


4 Responses to “Food & Fun: Handel’s Ice Cream”
  1. Ruth Arthur says:

    If you get close to Penn State, visit the Creamery on campus for ice cream. The ice cream short course is very famous. The guys who started Ben & Jerry’s took the course before they started that business. They still send all new managers there for training. My favorites are Peachy Paterno and Peanut Butter Swirl.

  2. Chris Philbeck says:

    I love your passion for ice cream. However, in my humble but most accurate opinion there is only one ice cream and it’s called Blue Bell. It’s the third highest selling ice cream in the country and can only be purchased in 13 states. Mom and pop ice cream parlors try their best but they can’t match what Blue Bell produces in the factory. While I was in Texas I just enjoyed a new flavor called Butter Crunch (homemade vanilla with bits of Butterfinger candy bar). There’s just no better ice cream. That’s why the jingle is, “Blue Bell, the best ice cream in the country.”

    By the way, I was born and raised in Oklahoma and Braums can’t come close to Blue Bell.

  3. Sally Moore says:

    I was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and a typical date in the 50’s was a movie at the Newport theatre and an ice cream cone across the street at Handel’s which was, and I understand still is, down an alley. There was a traffic jam in that alley on Sat. night you wouldn’t believe. Handel’s ice cream (chocolate pecan being the favorite) can’t be topped, and now that there’s one here in Virginia Beach, I feel like I’ve come home.

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