Meet South Philly’s Old-Timey Ice Cream Man

D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats/Yelp

What’s your dream job?

Chris D’Emilio asked himself that question a few years ago. And by any standard, he’s made his dream a reality in record time.

But it didn’t exactly happen overnight.

“I was a casino dealer at SugarHouse for six years,” says D’Emilio. Three years in, at the end of a particularly bad night, he sat at the bar, considering his options. “I was thinking, what’s a job that’s a not-job? And for some reason, ice cream man popped into my head.”

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The Top Milkshakes in Philly Right Now

Jack N’ S’mores shake at Frankford Hall | Photo by Claudia Gavin

It’s high summer here in Philadelphia, and that means it’s hot, sticky, and sweaty out — which is the perfect excuse to duck into your favorite air-conditioned establishment for that holy grail of summertime sips: the milkshake. Part ice cream, part beverage, all cooling, creamy deliciousness to help take your mind off the heat.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spots to indulge in a drinkable midsummer sweet treat. With (multiple!) vegan options, gelato frappés, and even (omg) pie-boosted versions, our list will guide you to the perfect milkshake.

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Chill Out At Reading Terminal Market’s Philly Ice Cream Scoop

Bassets Ice Cream/Wikimedia

Reading Terminal Market already showcases a piece of Philly’s (and the nation’s) rich, creamy food history history: it’s the home of Bassetts, the oldest operating ice cream company in the United States.

On Saturday, July 29th, the market is highlighting all that the city’s frozen treat scene has to offer with the Philly Ice Cream Scoop, a day of ice cream-centric fun.

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The Guilt-Free Guide to Cooling Down in Philly: 10 Healthier Ice-Cold Treats to Eat

Summer weather has arrived, people. Which means the season of frozen treats filling freezers has arrived, too. But while a tub of Ben and Jerry’s is a tried-and-true standby, Philly is stocked with all sorts of other — healthier — cool-down treats, too. We’ve scouted out the frozen and iced-snack scene and gathered up a few of our favorites. Here, 10 guilt-free ways to stay cool in Philly this summer.

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Turkey Hill Sorta Kinda Discontinued Phillies Graham Slam Ice Cream

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria. (Logo courtesy of Turkey Hill)

Have you noticed that supermarkets in the area haven’t been carrying the absolutely phenomenal Phillies Graham Slam ice cream lately? (Turkey Hill dropped the official team affiliation in 2015, but it’ll always be Phillies Graham Slam to us.)

Turns out that’s because the Pennsylvania-based dairy producer has cut distribution of its consumer-friendly containers, leaving Phils fans at a loss for what sweet to turn to for comfort in defeat. Read more »

You Can Get Ben & Jerry’s For Free Today

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy Chunky Monkey | Image courtesy Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy Chunky Monkey | Image courtesy Ben & Jerry’s

Rejoice: today is a good day. Why? Because you can get free Ben & Jerry’s.

That’s right, ice cream lovers. If you find yourself already missing the pure bliss that accompanied the first day of spring a.k.a. free Rita’s day last month – which happened to also land on free-vanilla-cone-from-Dairy-Queen day – you’re in for another free treat already.

Visit any Ben & Jerry’s location in Philly to pick up a free cone with a scoop of your favorite flavor. Options include cookie dough, Cherry Garcia (cherry and fudge) and Phish Food (chocolate with marshmallows, caramel and fudge).

Oh, and here’s the best part: you can get in line as many times are you want. No kidding. They’re offering scoops “over and over again. We’re not counting. Really, go for it,” according the website.

So have at it. Find the Ben & Jerry’s closest to you. And while you’re at it, check out the company’s current community action project, which touches on racism in the U.S. and connects customers to Color of Change, an online racial justice organization.

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Let’s Talk About This Photo of Joe Biden Eating Ice Cream at the Flyers Game

On Wednesday night, the Flyers defeated the Capitols in a shootout. Their 10-game win streak ended last Saturday, but they’re currently in playoff position as they prepare for their annual post-Christmas “Disney on Ice” road trip.

And, at their last home game for two weeks, the Flyers had a special guest at the Wells Fargo Center: Joe Biden! On the day news broke that Biden would be setting up shop at Penn for his post-government work, including his “cancer moonshot” initiative!

But whatever. The most important thing is the above photo tweeted from the Flyers’ official account after the win. It shows Biden, with his wife, Jill, enjoying an ice cream cone. We have some thoughts. Read more »

Weckerly’s Creates Barnes Inspired Ice Cream Sandwich

Weckerly's Ice Cream at the Barnes Foundation

Weckerly’s Ice Cream at the Barnes Foundation

It’s not everyday that an art museum and an artisan ice cream brand get together. But that’s the case with the “Barnes Ensemble,” an ice cream sandwich inspired by the Barnes collection and available exclusively at the the Weckerly’s pop-up location at the Barnes Foundation’s Parkway location. The pop-up will operate from Wednesday, August 24th through Monday, September 5th.

The Barnes Ensemble” was inspired in part by the Barnes Arboretum and the Foundation’s commitment to horticultural education and appreciation. The ice cream sandwich includes organic milk from Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Kimberton; and Lemon Verbena from CHICORY, a flower farm, and Farm 51 in Philadelphia.

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5 Ice Cream Shops That are Worth the Drive

The counter at West Chester Coffee & Ice Cream Bar | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

The counter at West Chester Coffee & Ice Cream Bar. | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Franklin Fountain, Old City’s destination ice cream shop, might get all the buzz, but these retro soda shops and on-the-farm dairies are equally sweet spots to get your brain freeze on. We promise: These ice cream shops are all more than worth the trip.

For a country treat: Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm
The coolest thing about this working Chester Springs farm and dairy is that every single cow has a name, and every single ice cream in the creamery is attributed to one of them. So when you pop into the big, bright ice-cream shop on the top of the hill, you’ll be scoring a cone of Melody’s mocha chip or Bessie’s black raspberry. Don’t limit your visits to summer: Come fall, you can score Abby’s apple cinnamon ice cream.
521 East Uwchlan Avenue, Chester Springs.
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