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Wentworth's Ice Cream

3697 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT - (203) 281-7429
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/20/2002 3:13:00 AM
Wentworth’s is open year-around and has plenty of tables and chairs inside, but in our book, it’s a summer place. Out back on the lawn, in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant mountain formation, a wood gazebo and a big round table offer seating where, on a balmy evening or a sunny afternoon, cones and sundaes seem like the only right things to eat.

Place your order inside the front room of this big, Victorian-era house by the side of Route 10 and stand at the counter where you can watch the girls assemble what you want. From a plain vanilla cone to some of the most elaborate ice cream/sauce/mix-ins/whipped cream/chopped-nut assemblages you’ll find anywhere, you cannot go wrong choosing from the Wentworth menu.

The ice cream is homemade – rich and sweet, but not cloyingly so, and it is available in a vast number of flavors, a couple of dozen at any one time. There is always an “adult flavor,” i.e. Kahlua Heath, as well as a K-9 flavor (vanilla with broken-up dog biscuits!), plus a few “flavors of the moment” listed until the supply runs out that day. Last time we visited, the flavors of the moment were S’mores and chocolate chocolate chip. A few of our favorites are Creamsicle, double chocolate, toasted coconut, coconut Mounds, and strawberry shortcake. The list of toppings is dizzying, including sauces, nuts, sprinkles, and Gummi critters. The hot fudge is superb, as is hot peanut butter; whipped cream is thick and real.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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""Our support group begins at eight" says a sign on the wall next to the ingredient list of this mammoth Chocoholic Sundae. The bowl contains chocolate and double chocolate ice cream, bittersweet hot fudge, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and sprinkles. And of course one cherry on top."
Michael Stern





Two scoops of Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream topped by hot peanut butter and hot fudge, crowned with whipped cream: does life get any better than this?
"Two scoops of Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream topped by hot peanut butter and hot fudge, crowned with whipped cream: does life get any better than this?"
Michael Stern


Seating inside is on old-fashioned ice cream parlor chairs at tiny tables.
"Seating inside is on old-fashioned ice cream parlor chairs at tiny tables."
Michael Stern


It only recently dawned on us that Connecticut has far more than its fair share of excellent ice cream parlors. In our opinion, only Maine has more better ice cream per capita.
"It only recently dawned on us that Connecticut has far more than its fair share of excellent ice cream parlors. In our opinion, only Maine has more better ice cream per capita."
Michael Stern


The building that houses Wentworth's is about a century old. According to rumors we've heard, the second story used to be a bawdy house. Now, this place is innocence itself.
"The building that houses Wentworth's is about a century old. According to rumors we've heard, the second story used to be a bawdy house. Now, this place is innocence itself."
Michael Stern


Wentworth's of Wallingford
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