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Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop

680 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT - (203) 438-3094
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/14/2001 4:19:00 AM
The Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop looks like an ordinary franchised soft-serve stand, which is what it was years ago. Now it is independent, and proprietor Felix Lechner is fanatical about maintaining the highest soft-serve standards, which he believes contemporary ice cream machines cannot uphold. The machines he uses do not pump up the custard with air; instead, they deliver a dense, creamy product that is smooth as silk and packed with flavor. Felix told us that in order to keep his machines going, he is always on the prowl for old Carvel shops that are being dismantled and sold for parts. Because the kind of high-butterfat machines he uses are no longer manufactured, the old equipment is his best source of parts to keep his own running well.

The menu is huge, including all kinds of sundaes, milk shakes, and ice cream sandwiches, as well as order-ahead ice cream cakes for parties in all sizes. Cones (which are an especially tasty cookie-style) are available with their ice cream rolled in chocolate or multi-colored jimmies or dipped in either cherry or chocolate-flavored coating; but we highly recommend that any newcomer start with nothing but a cup or cone of plain ice cream. Chocolate or vanilla: each is a paradigm for its flavor; and after one lick, no lesser soft-serve ice cream will ever satisfy.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A small chocolate cone, ready to be licked
"A small chocolate cone, ready to be licked"
Michael Stern





If you want a cake from the Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop, order it in advance.  It is 100% better than the kind that come from franchised ice cream parlors.
"If you want a cake from the Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop, order it in advance. It is 100% better than the kind that come from franchised ice cream parlors."
Michael Stern


Many of the house specialties are available frozen, to take home and put in the freezer.  They're swell, but cannot compare to ice cream freshly produced by the soft-serve machine.
"Many of the house specialties are available frozen, to take home and put in the freezer. They're swell, but cannot compare to ice cream freshly produced by the soft-serve machine."
Michael Stern


The secret of Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop's goodness is in the vintage machines used to produce the ice cream.  There's none richer this side of Wisconsin.
"The secret of Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop's goodness is in the vintage machines used to produce the ice cream. There's none richer this side of Wisconsin."
Michael Stern


One thing we especially like about this place is that it is open year-around.  Ice cream isn't only for summer any more!
"One thing we especially like about this place is that it is open year-around. Ice cream isn't only for summer any more!"
Michael Stern



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