By Rebecca Johnston
Photography by Erin Gray Cantrell & Kathryn Ingall
9776 E. Cherokee Drive
Those looking for something cold, sweet and delicious can find just the right flavors at Sweet Escapes in the Macedonia community.
Set in a curve of the road on East Cherokee Drive, the locally owned and operated ice cream parlor, bakery, and café offers 75 flavors of rich, dreamy ice cream. Among the most popular flavors are C is For Cookie, a blend of vanilla ice cream turned into a dazzling blue in honor of the Cookie Monster and filled with cookie dough pieces, or Garbage Can, vanilla ice cream with seven brand name candy bars and peanuts.
Other popular flavors run the gamut from Watermelon Sorbet to Superman, a hit with children of all ages.
Some of the names of flavors, such as Gold Mine, remind customers of the area, while other treats like the Grizzly Fizz, a blend of sorbet or sherbet and Sprite, honors the nearby Creekview High School.
Owner Wendy Bridle, who has a degree from the University of Alabama in hotel and restaurant management and has lived in Macedonia for 15 years, started the popular neighborhood spot in 2012.
“My sister and I decided we needed a dessert place in our community, and I am not a baker, so I decided to do the fun stuff,” Bridle said.
In addition to the delectable premium ice cream from The Ice Cream Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, Sweet Escapes offers some breakfast items and sandwiches, as well as coffee.
But most people come for the ice cream, with flavors rotated daily in the case in the shop and sprinkled with an array of toppings. Bridle also has a hot air balloon that offers for rent for parties. Check out the Sweet Escapes Facebook page for seasonal hours.
Frosty Frog Creamery & Café
6205 Hickory Flat Highway Suite 112
What better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than with one, or several, of the more than 300 amazing flavors of ice cream, sherbets and sorbets at the ever-popular Frosty Frog Creamery and Café in Hickory Flat.
Take Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, a rich mix of amaretto ice cream and cheesecake filled with chunks of Belgian chocolate. Or how about Cherokee Gold, a mix of banana cheesecake and Butterfinger bits. Add a scoop of Dulce de Leche Bonanza with pralines and Belgian chocolate swirled into ice cream with caramelized milk.
Waffle cones taste great with scoops of Cotton Candy, Blue Moon, and Sidewalk Chalk ice cream flavored with Sweet Tarts.
For those looking for something refreshing, Green Tea ice cream is a sure hit, or try Georgia Peach or Mango ice cream or one of the other multitude of fruity flavors.
For the really adventurous, try one of the unusual flavors such as Elvis Sandwich filled with bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.
The creative genius behind all these luscious flavors are Glenda and Frank Cole, who opened the award-winning restaurant and ice cream spot 14 years ago when Glenda retired from the corporate world.
Frank comes up with the ice cream recipes, often inspired by Glenda’s dessert recipes of all sorts of cheesecakes and other luscious desserts served up at the Frosty Frog.
All their ice cream is hand-crafted in the restaurant using only the finest ingredients from recipes they create.
Flavors rotate with 32 smooth and creamy flavors available each day.
“We always liked to cook and try new things,” Frank Cole says of the couple’s venture into the restaurant business.
The unusual and unforgettable name was their brainchild as well.
“We were looking for a whimsical and memorable name, and we came up with Frosty Frog, we liked the dichotomy of frost and frogs, they don’t usually go together,” Frank said.
From the shop’s logo that Frank designed himself, to cases filled with stuffed frogs and frog memorabilia lining the display cases, the shop’s namesake is evident throughout the restaurant.
For those who can’t be satisfied with just a cone, there are all sorts of tasty treats such as the Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae, with a warm chocolate chip cooked topped with three flavors of ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipping cream and a cherry, or the world’s largest sundae that is plenty for a crowd with 12 scoops of ice cream, four toppings, and more.
The shop is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serves breakfast, sandwiches, salads, and specialty coffees as well as a whole menu of other choices.
The Frosty Frog caters as well, and makes custom cakes and treats for parties and events.
8654 Main St.
The owners of Cupcakelicious say “ice cream and summertime go together like, well, like ice cream and summertime.”
Cupcakelicious in historic downtown Woodstock offers 16 delicious flavors of premium ice cream from Greenwood Ice Cream Company, a nearly 100-year-old formerly family-owned business located in the Brookhaven area of Atlanta.
This local supplier makes and provides ice cream only to hotels, private clubs and top restaurants plus select dipping parlors like Cupcakelicious, owners husband and wife Tony and Toni Tortorici, residents of nearby Canton, said.
The ice cream, served in hand-packed pints, cups, cake cones or waffle cones, is super premium, contains 14-16 percent butterfat and is prepared by Greenwood in small batches for smooth, flavorful richness that is truly special, they point out.
“Each scoop of Greenwood ice cream at Cupcakelicious is at least 4-5 ounces full of chilled goodness. Our hot fudge and caramel sundaes are made with Draeger’s famous hot fudge and homemade caramel sauce,” Tony Tortorici said.
Cupcakelicious also serves cupcake sundaes, your choice of cupcake and any flavor of ice cream and is serving thick, creamy milk shakes this summer.
“We love our customers any time of year. Seeing families, couples young and old, grandparents and grandchildren coming in for their treats is always a special treat for us,” said Toni Tortorici. “We tell everyone ‘life is too short; eat dessert first.’”
Toddlers get their very own mini ice cream cone – compliments of Cupcakelicious – with any other ice cream purchase.
“Often, those complimentary baby ice cream cones are the first ice cream cones a child has ever had. Everyone takes pictures and posts them on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram while the child is blissfully licking his or her way through the cone. It’s fun to see.” she said. “We’re also proud of our staff. They enjoy serving our customers as much as we do!”
The store also features King of Pops popsicles and Mini-Melts Ice Cream in addition to regular or gluten free fresh, made-from-scratch daily cupcakes and custom-made cakes for all occasions, as well as specialty coffees, chocolates and other confections.
“Downtown Woodstock is great for walking around, window shopping or browsing. We’ve got some really great restaurants and terrific boutiques. There’s something for everyone here. We’re always pleased when many of those folks stop in our shop to take a break for an ice cream or cupcake. We truly enjoy being a happy part of their lives,” Toni Tortorici said.
Summertime also means Cupcakelicious will be open on Mondays. Summer hours for the sweetshop are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays.