Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Reasons To Be Cheerful: Ice Cream Pleasures
Reasons To Be Cheerful is a "dessert cafe" in West Concord, that opened in June 2011, and which primarily sells ice cream and crepes. The owner, Wade Rubenstein, was once a systems engineer but decided to significantly change gears and open an ice cream shop. The website states: "We make our ice cream in small batches using a natural, hormone free, 14% butterfat ice cream mix from the Bliss family dairy in Attleboro, Massachusetts. Our ice cream is made simply by mixing our sweet cream base with high quality flavorings." Many of their ingredients, if possible, are sourced locally and ice cream flavors vary seasonally as well. It intrigued me so I stopped by the shop to check it out.
Of course I also tasted the Dark & Stormy, which is made with Gosling's Black Seal rum, candied ginger, fresh ginger juice, and molasses. Yes, it tasted very much like the cocktail and would satisfy the rum lover with a sweet tooth. Again, this ice cream was well balanced, with prominent flavors that were not afraid to shine forth. Mmm..maybe a Dark & Stormy sundae topped with a rum flavored caramel?
So while traveling around locally this summer, make a stop in West Concord at Reasons To Be Cheerful and enjoy some excellent ice cream or a fine crepe.