Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail leads to some cold spots
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If you're going to be driving through Maryland this summer, you may want to try to cover some of the new Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail.
Announced last week, the trail is a collection of seven dairies that make and serve their own ice cream on site. To promote eating local and the state's $183-million dairy industry, Maryland's Department of Agriculture is providing a map brochure for ice cream lovers to find the seven cold spots.
Visitors can pick up an Ice Cream Trailblazer Passport at any of the creameries (and at marylandsbest.net). Have your passport "stamped" at each creamery between now and Sept. 7 and you can submit it to the ag department to be entered in a drawing for prize pack including a $50 creamery gift certificate, a documentary DVD on "The Maryland Harvest," and "Dishing Up Maryland" cookbook.
The state says that the trail, which also has a geocaching feature, is the first in the country to link ice cream-making farms.
But there are other ice cream trails. You can get a copy of Connecticut's "Sundae Drives" brochure at mystic.org/icecreamtrail, which highlights unusual flavors you can find including, at the Hallmark Drive-In in Old Lyme, a cherry vanilla one called "Hockey Fight," made with "white chocolate chunks as teeth and shredded Bing cherries as blood."
First Published June 24, 2012 12:00 am