Friday, August 1, 2014
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The Scoop: Zwahlen's Ice Cream

Evelyn Campbell, 2, shares her homemade vanilla ice cream with M&Ms and whipped cream with her mom, Amanda Campbell, who will soon share her banana berry sundae with Evelyn at Zwahlen´s Ice Cream in Audubon. (DAN GERINGER/DAILY NEWS STAFF)
Evelyn Campbell, 2, shares her homemade vanilla ice cream with M&Ms and whipped cream with her mom, Amanda Campbell, who will soon share her banana berry sundae with Evelyn at Zwahlen's Ice Cream in Audubon. (DAN GERINGER/DAILY NEWS STAFF)

The deal: Co-owners Melanie and Marty Low are celebrating their 10th year this month at their homemade-before-your-eyes ice-cream and chocolate shop in a Swiss-style chalet. The biz is named after Melanie's great-grandfather Johannes Zwahlen, who came here from Switzerland to be a dairy farmer. "Once you have cows," Melanie said, "you're halfway to making ice cream."

Where: 670 Shannondell Blvd., Audubon, 610-635-0115.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.

'Let's do something we love': Ten years ago, Marty researched going into the oil and lube business. "But after a month," Melanie said, "he comes to me and he says, 'I just can't get excited about oil and lube.' I said, 'Let's do something we love.' What do we love? Ice cream!"

Only 3 flavors but . . . Vanilla and chocolate daily, plus flavor of the day. But customers choose from 30 mix-in flavors to create their own ice-cream Avalanches - and launch their taste buds to infinity and beyond!

Inside: You'll find a natural-wood, Swiss chalet ambience with fireplace, wintry photos, mounted skis and a huge Zwahlen family tree painted on the front wall. Seating for 65, plus lots of garden seating outside.

Prices: Cones: child $1.75, small $2.50, regular $3.20, large $3.75. Avalanche: $4.75 to $5.25. The Yodeler ice-cream cookie sandwich: $3.75. Tubby Turtle: $5.50 (vanilla smothered with hot fudge, caramel pecans, whipped cream and a cherry on top).

What we ate: Peach Melba - incredibly creamy, homemade peach ice cream with a raspberry swirl. After one scoop, we kept looking around for the cow to personally thank her.

What we wanted to eat: Three-scoop Banana Blitz, but we'd have needed a designated driver.

What we'll eat next Wednesday and Thursday only: Nutty Blonde, Zwahlen's blond brownies, chocolate chip sauce and toasted walnuts in peanut butter ice cream.

How's them apples? Besides ice cream, Zwahlen's offers a full line of homemade chocolates and an orchard of Granny Smith apples covered in Belgian chocolate and assorted nuts. There's a white-chocolate one designed as a Phillies baseball, and there's Big Papa, named after a beloved customer whom Melanie called "a big teddy bear of a man with a weakness for Almond Joy."

 


A summertime journey across the Philadelphia region in search of great ice cream and other frozen treats. Reported this week by Daily News staff writer Dan Geringer. Have a fave we should try? Email conradl@phillynews.com.

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