Don’t miss the Strawberry Banana Ice Cream at Jack Frost Dairy Bar in Marion.
The tagline for Jack Frost Dairy Bar in Marion says it all: “Ice cream made the same homemade way since 1954? It’s a fact.”
The old-fashioned way was that of founder J.G. Burgin, who hand-stirred fresh ingredients into small buckets of rich, creamy, made-from-scratch soft ice cream — strawberries, for instance, or fresh blueberries or chocolate. But you can also get bubble gum, cotton candy, and nutty coconut.
Chelsea Preston, a junior biology major at North Carolina State University, heads straight for the Dairy Bar whenever she comes home from school. Her favorite? A double-scoop bowl of strawberry banana that has “large whole chunks of mouthwatering fruit mixed with homemade vanilla ice cream,” she says.
Floats, milk shakes, sundaes, and parfaits are available, along with frozen yogurt. The service is walk-up, and the dining room is a leafy expanse and several picnic tables. Jack Frost doesn’t open when it’s cold, closing around November and re-opening in mid-March.
Jack Frost Dairy Bar
2449 Sugar Hill Road, Marion, N.C. 28752
phone: (828) 652-1178
web: visit jackfrostdairybar.com
David Bailey is an award-winning restaurant critic and food writer who lives in Greensboro.