Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Pop's Ice Cream!

As the weather heats up, my soul cries for ice cream (despite being lactose intolerant) and I eat it almost every day during the warm, southern months.

Following my graduation last Friday, I wanted ice cream due to the lackluster dessert offerings at McCormick and Schmicks.  So, I typed in "ice cream" into the GPS and we ended up at Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Old Towne Alexandria.  The atmosphere is definitely old school, nostalgic, 1950s-ish and I was smitten.

I love that the daily flavors are written on a snappy chalkboard behind the counter.  In addition to ice cream, Pop's offers sundaes and milkshakes.  But, I came for the ice cream, so I stayed on mission but was slightly overwhelmed with all of the options.  I love trying different types of ice cream before ordering.  I do this for two reasons.  First, it allows me to try something, without commitment of a whole serving in the event that its not my cup of tea or if its good, but just too intense.  Secondly, trying a flavor allows me to catalog for future visits, which in a perfect world would decrease my indecisiveness and expedite the ordering process.  Of the offerings I was most intrigued by mango, chocolate, and red velvet.  I tried them all before committing to red velvet. The mango  was fruity, flowery, but not very mango-y and the chocolate was standard.  Given the not-very-mango, mango and  meh-its just chocolate, chocolate I decided on the red velvet ice cream.  I got one scoop, which was more than generous and I opted for a cone instead of a cup.  I figure...when in Rome!

I'm a southern girl, so I grow weary when cakes, ice cream, and other sweets claim to be "red velvet" as what it normally means is red-colored chocolate.  Pop's did red velvet justice!  This ice cream was sweet, creamy, milky and did not instantly melt, but was not hard as a rock.  Now what made this ice cream epic was the pieces of red velvet cake, yes icing and all, that was incorporated into the ice cream itself! I could taste the moist cake and it was indeed red velvet--meaning subtly chocolate and somewhat sweet.  The cream cheese icing was sweet and obviously containing copious (and velvety) amounts of cream cheese with a hint of vanilla, just like my grandma and aunt would make.  My one complaint was the cone, it was a bit stale and lacked crunch, but the flavor was sweet and maple-y, demonstrating the promise it held earlier in the day.

So, if you're every wandering around Old Towne, I encourage you to stop into Pop's Old Fashioned Ice Cream because ice cream is love, at least in the summer.  You can find their nostalgic little shop at 109 King St in Alexandria, Virginia.


  1. oh how I do love Ice cream......thanks for sharing!! I with you on the Mccormick and schmicks

  2. Dennis, thanks for the comment :) I've also concluded that McCormick and Schmicks is a happy hour only place because the dinner was just okay, but the price was a bit much.


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