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Taggarts Ice Cream

1401 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton, OH - (330) 452-6844
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/17/2010 8:02:00 AM
Here might be the best hot fudge anywhere. It is the consistency of chocolate syrup, not too thick; nor is it intensely sweet. Bittersweet is the descriptor that comes to mind, but there is nothing bitter about this sophisticated super-fudgy warm sauce that is ice cream's best friend. You'll get a bright red maraschino cherry nestled in the whipped cream crown, but the real cherry atop this soda fountain marvel is its spill of pecan halves. They are roasted to a crisp, which brings out their buttery richness, and they are salted with enough brio to provide an ideal savory halo for the fudge and ice cream. The only possible improvement on the package is to make it a turtle sundae, which adds caramel sauce.

Great as the sundaes are, the signature concoction of Taggarts' fountain is something else, known as a Bittner. Invented in the 1930s when a customer dared the staff to make a milk shake so thick that a spoon would stand upright in it, the Bittner is 3/4 of a pound of vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate syrup and heaped with those good roasted pecans.

Beyond sundaes, shakes, malts, floats, sodas, coolers and ice cream pies, Taggarts offers a full menu of sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, soups and salads. Many customers in the old wooden-booth sweet shop were eating such savories and they looked pretty good. On a return visit, we tried a grilled cheese sandwich, which was swell, and a charmingly retro olive-nut-cream cheese on toasted rye. But Taggarts' ice cream concoctions are so good they eclipse all that goes before them.

It's a supremely charming place, dating back to 1926 (the old wooden booths are original).

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Turtle Sundae
Ice Cream Soda
Bittner
Olive Nut Sandwich
Old Fashioned Banana Split
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Superb hot fudge, crisp roasted nuts with just enough salt, homemade ice cream and buttery caramel sauce. Is Taggarts' turtle sundae the ultimate dessert?
"Superb hot fudge, crisp roasted nuts with just enough salt, homemade ice cream and buttery caramel sauce. Is Taggarts' turtle sundae the ultimate dessert?"
Michael Stern





An extreme close-up of the pineapple sauce and chopped pecans, swirled with melting ice cream, on an old fashioned banana split
"An extreme close-up of the pineapple sauce and chopped pecans, swirled with melting ice cream, on an old fashioned banana split"
Michael Stern


Sorry to say, this photo does not do justice to the rainbow of color and flavor that compose the banana split beneath all its whipped cream. This is Taggarts' 'old fashioned' version, made with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream and topped with pineapple, chocolate and cherry toppings
"Sorry to say, this photo does not do justice to the rainbow of color and flavor that compose the banana split beneath all its whipped cream. This is Taggarts' 'old fashioned' version, made with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream and topped with pineapple, chocolate and cherry toppings"
Michael Stern


A taste treat from long ago, reminiscent of tea-room fare and ladies lunch: the olive nut sandwich. 'Back by popular demand!' crows the menu.
"A taste treat from long ago, reminiscent of tea-room fare and ladies lunch: the olive nut sandwich. 'Back by popular demand!' crows the menu."
Michael Stern


On the menu since the 1930s, the Bittner Special was named for a local grocery store whose driver challenged Taggarts' fountainmen to make him the thickest milk shake ever. It's ice cream and chocolate sauce swirled together and topped with roasted pecans.
"On the menu since the 1930s, the Bittner Special was named for a local grocery store whose driver challenged Taggarts' fountainmen to make him the thickest milk shake ever. It's ice cream and chocolate sauce swirled together and topped with roasted pecans."
Michael Stern


From Taggarts' menu: 'A proper soda is a delicate blend of soda water, your favorite flavoring [here, chocolate] and ice cream. Served frothy and slightly overflowing.'
"From Taggarts' menu: 'A proper soda is a delicate blend of soda water, your favorite flavoring [here, chocolate] and ice cream. Served frothy and slightly overflowing.'"
Michael Stern


Originally a bicycle repair shop, this building became an ice cream parlor early in the 20th century. Joe Taggart took over the business in 1926 and his recipes for ice cream and toppings never have been changed.
"Originally a bicycle repair shop, this building became an ice cream parlor early in the 20th century. Joe Taggart took over the business in 1926 and his recipes for ice cream and toppings never have been changed."
Michael Stern


The wooden booths are original. Like the rest of the vintage ice cream parlor, they have been restored to their original gleam.
"The wooden booths are original. Like the rest of the vintage ice cream parlor, they have been restored to their original gleam."
Michael Stern


Taggarts celebrated its 80th birthday in 2006.
"Taggarts celebrated its 80th birthday in 2006."
Michael Stern



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