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2BThe Daily Tar Heel Thursday, September 6, 1984
By MARYMELDA HALL
In Chapel Hill, when it's hot,
it's hot. And eager businessmen
have capitalized on that heat to
market one of life's simpler plea
sures ice cream.
Swensen's Ice Cream Factory
on 133 W. Franklin St. has been
tempting Chapel Hill residents for
several years now, with ice cream
made right in the store. Interested
customers can actually watch their
favorite flavor being mixed.
One of Swensen's most famous
creations is their cookies 'n cream
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ice cream. According to employe
Cindy Hunt, cookies 'n cream
originated in the Chapel Hill store.
"Cookies 'n cream is made with
Oreos," Hunt explained, "and we
were going to call it Oreo ice
cream. But Nabisco made us
change the name because they
were afraid of the repercussions if
it didn't work." Nabisco may have
putout their own Oreo ice cream,
but Swenson's still had the first.
; Swenson's has a full range of
flavors including rich chocolates
and a potent cappacino, as well
as sundaes and other ice cream
specialties; But what 's the favorite
flavor? At least among freshman
girls, said Hunt, it's definately
cookies n' cream.
Swensen's is open Monday
through Thursday from 1 1 a.m. to
1 1 p.m., Friday and Saturday until
noon, and Sunday from noon to
Freshman girls are not the only
ones with a passion for ice cream.
Haagen Dais owner Bradley Stan
ley also likes ice cream enough
to open a shop. "I had a coffee
chip milkshake with chocolate
syrup at a Haagen-Dazs in Geor
getown," she said, "and that did
Stanley knew then that she
wanted to open her own Haagen
Dazs, but it took time to get
started. It took me three days to
get up enough nerve to ask for a
part-time job scooping ice cream,"
A graduate of Duke University,
Stanley returned to the South to
begin her business. She chose
Chapel Hill because of the close
community atmosphere and the
interaction between campus and
Cookies n cream Is also a
favorite at Haagen Dazs.
Strawberry milkshakes made with
a fresh banana are also popular,
Stanley said, especially with the
lacrosse team. The fruit ice flavors
sell well during hot weather, she
added, and ice cream like maple
walnut, honey and carob, which
have no added sugar, are also a
big draw. Haagen Dazs also sells
ice, cream cakes and cookies, made
with fresh cookies from the Cookie
Haagen Dazs is open noon to
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Gelato d'Oro is the new kid on
the ice cream block, opening July
4 of this year. Gelato dXro is a
small store nestled beside the
Varsity Theatre, with cozy tables
and enticicing ice cream.
Employe Don Payne explained
Gelato's appearance in Chapel
Hill. "(The owner of the store)
took a trip to Italy and liked the
gelato," Payne said. "He thought
it might do well in North Carolina,
expecially in a cosmopolitan
community like Chapel HU1."
Gelato d'Oro features such
exotic flavors as Chiaccio Kiwi
(kiwi ice), Piemonte Marroni
(Italian chestnut) and Martinica
(dark chololate rum). An almond
egg marsala is one of the most
Payne makes the ice cream
every day at Gelato d'Oro. "We
use a lot of imported ingredients,"
he said. Some of the recipes are
unique manager Jim Steel
created the cappucino. The waffle
cones are also made in the store,
right up front where customers can
. Gelato d'Oro is open from 10
a.rh. to 10:30 p.m. and until noon
Baskin-Robbins has been satisf
ying Chapel Hill's sweet tooth for
12 years. And although the store
may feature only 31 flavors at a
time, owner Phil Berdowitz said
Baskin-Robbins has developed
about 535 taste-tempting varieties.
These include skating pears,
Scotch on the rocks, world-class
chocolate, and the latest, peanut
"The most popular flavor is
pralines 'n' cream, Berkowitz
said. Almost every month a new
flavor is invented, and five or six
varieties are changed in each store.
Baskin-Robbins offers cones,
cups, shakes, and sundaes. Ice
cream cakes and pies are also
popular items, as are the little pink
spoons available for tasting.
A new Baskin-Robbins feature
is the special diet a low-calorie,
low-sodium dessert. The vanilla
flavor has only 147 calories, yet
doesn't taste dietetic. And the new
special diet can also be substituted
into a diabetic meal plan.
Baskin-Robbins offers their
concoctions in any combination
the customer chooses. As Berko
witz explained, "If you can tolerate
it, we can make it."
Baskin-Robbins is open from 1 1
a.m. to 1 1 p.m. daily.
The Yogurt Pump offers
another alternative to ice cream
frozen yogurt. Known as Frogurt
in the 1970s, frozen yogurt has
made a powerful comeback in the
1980s, and the Chapel Hill Pump
opened in December 1982.
Why the new interest in frozen
yogurt? According to manager
Gary Guyman, "Frozen yogurt
has active bacteria in it, giving it
nutritional quality. It has about
one-half the calories of ice cream,
it's 99 percent fat-free, and it tastes
The Yogurt Pump is open 11
a.m. to 1 1 p.m. Sunday through
Wednesday, and 1 1 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Thursday through Saturday.
Chapel Hill offers a wide variety
of frozen delights to choose from.
Sampling them all would be a
delicious, but sinful, way to spend
the school year.
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