Dinner Out: The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop
By Scott Campbell
It should come as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my column that I am a great fan of desserts. I love all desserts, but a favourite of mine has always been ice cream. So you can only imagine my delight when my editor emailed me and suggested I do a story on Wolfville’s Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop.
The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop is located on Gaspereau Avenue in Wolfville and has been open since March of 2018. Owners Tammy and David Skater pulled up roots in their native Ontario and headed east to make their way in their newfound home. Their daughter had been an Acadia student so they were familiar with the town and loved everything about it, and thought it would be a great spot for their new business venture – and The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop was born. And thank goodness it was.
The hardest decision I had to make during my visit was what to have. Luckily I brought two friends with me and got to try some of their ice cream treats as well. The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop is unique in that there are virtually endless combinations and permutations of delicious ice cream delights. You are only limited by your own imagination.
For my own ice cream treat I simply couldn’t decide on just one so I got two scoops of ice cream in a homemade waffle bowl. I chose their homemade vanilla ice cream mixed with blueberries. Then, nestled alongside my blueberries and vanilla ice cream, I got a scoop of chocolate ice cream mixed with brownies and then drizzled with hot fudge sauce. I’ll forgive you if you just drooled on your copy of The Grapevine as you were reading that last sentence.
My friend Aine chose the coconut-based chocolate ice cream in homemade waffle cone. The rich chocolate and exotic coconut flavours blended perfectly in this amazing frozen treat.
My friend April chose the ice cream cookie. She went for straight up chocolate ice cream (no mix-ins) packed in between two homemade chocolate chip cookies. The sweet homemade cookies were the perfect vehicle for the rich chocolate ice cream.
The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop is open daily from noon to 9:00pm all year except for the month of February when the owners and staff take a few weeks off to recharge their batteries and come up with new and exciting ways to tantalize the ice cream lovers of the Valley. So, no matter where you decide to have dinner next – whether at home or in a restaurant – do yourself a favour and take your dessert yearnings and your imagination to The Real Scoop Ice Cream and Espresso Shop and treat yourself. You won’t regret it.