Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Really Cool Spot in Hot Springs - Scoops

If you're looking for the perfect summer time treat, boy do I have a place to recommend to you! Thanks to KATV viewer Allen Rhein - I found out about Scoops Homemade Ice Cream 4043 Central Avenue.

Scoops offer 24 varieties of slow-churn ice cream with creative flavors like Turtle Tracks - a caramel-based delight with fudge, pecans, and chocolate chips swirled in. Owner Bill McCrystyn refers to it as being akin to a turbo-charged Snickers bar.
Banana - made with 5 pounds of bananas and a little extra dash of vanilla to give it a pudding flavor.
Peppermint that actually tastes like a candy cane; Maple Walnut - McCrystyn says he only uses nuts from growers and doesn't get them wholesale; and Cafe Latte, made with espresso. My personal favorite was the Strawberry Cheese cake with bits of graham cracker crust. Hmmmhmmm.
Scoops has been in business for 8 years and has quite a devoted following - in the Spa City and beyond. On the day we visited, met some folks from Mississippi who had been in town a week and had already returned to the ice cream parlor 3-4 times. One said, "This is the best ice cream that I have ever put in my mouth." And here's where the interview took a humorous turn. (The group was actually staying a a church member's time share - so this will help you appreciate the comment) She said, "We thank the good Lord, He's good all the time and this is even better. Well, I don't mean better than the Lord." I followed up, "I get it, you got a double dose of good stuff!"
Scoops calls its banana splits the Trough. One look at the photo above and you understand why - soft-ball sized scoops of the creamy confection. The man who scarfed it down says it was serving as his breakfast, lunch and dinner that day!!!!!
Anyway, Scoops is located in the same strip mall as the Radio Shack just down the street from Wal-Mart. Scoops aren't cheap but as I told you, they are ample 6 1/2 - 7 ounces. It's must try on your next Spa City visit. Oh, by the way, they also do smoothies, shakes, malts, sundaes and cones.
Thanks again Allen for the tip. If anyone visits, let me know what you think.
(501) 525-3119
Hours Sun-Thur 12 pm - 10 pm
Fri - Sat 12 pm - 11 pm

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