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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Vermont Journal II: Creemee
photograph by Hallie Cohen
The search for the perfect Creemee ends at the 1 College
Street in Burlington, Ice Cream Bob’s. You drive through the campus of the University of
Vermont and then descend right down to the shores of Lake Champlain where
paddlers launch their canoes into the water. You’ve taken some detours. Al’s French Fry’s on Route 2 advertises a Creemee, but it doesn’t seem like the real thing. It’s
has the maple coloring but not an authentic maple taste (Al’s makes up for it with its
great fries, which can accompany cheese and corn dogs). But Bob’s is the real thing and the
real thing doesn’t always require the maple coloring. It doesn’t need to oversell its
product with faux color; it’s pure whiteness is belied by the olfactory
sensations that are created. Looks can be deceiving when you’re talking creemees. Bob’s is the grail for those who are looking for the correct proportion of soft serve custard and maple syrup that make for the perfect creemee. Burlington Bay Market & Cafe on Battery Street has enough of a reputation with regard to creemees to engender controversy “Did Burlington Bay tell you they use real Vermont maple syrup?” an Ice Cream Bob’s employee is quoted as asking in “Dairy Diary: A Burlington Creemie Tour” (ThreadMagazine, 9/17/12) If you’re ever driving through main street on the Isle La Motte you will pass Island Delights which offers creemees that soar to the heights that an
establishment like Bob’s achieves, but you have to be at the right place at the
right time (which means not arriving before noon on a Sunday when the latter
establishment is closed). Why all the big to do over a Creemee? Let’s just say
that once you get a taste for it, the taste never goes away and continues to
call, the Scylla and Charybdis for soft ice cream lovers cruising through Northern Vermont.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.