Sunday, May 18, 2008

J.P. Licks - Beantown is Wicked Sweet

J.P. Licks - 311 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445
C Line to Coolidge Corner

I went to Boston this weekend for my brother Peter's graduation. And since Boston is also the city of my alma mater (Peter and I are both Boston University Alumni), I always get a little nostalgic and look forward to visiting my beloved hot-spots. One of those happens to be my favorite homemade ice cream shop called J.P. Licks. It's pretty famous in Beantown--now boasting 7 locations--but its secret really stays there.

The Brookline location, which I visited on Saturday is large and colorful, displaying J.P's trademark cow motif. The staff is friendly and genuine--none of that syrupy fakeness, which I find so annoying. I was happy to discover that they had soft serve frozen yogurt in my two favorite flavors: chocolate chip cookie and oreo. I got both in a small cup and they were heaven...

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Oreo Frozen Yogurt: The chocolate chip cookie yogurt really stays true to its name--a spoonful will feel like you're eating the entire sweet confection with the dough and the chocolate chips. The oreo too is magical and tastes like the complete sandwich cookie, not just the filling. I recommend closing your eyes while eating this dessert--you'll be fooled completely but in the best possible way ($3 for a small).

In addition to the soft serve frozen yogurt, they also feature new ice cream flavors of the month. May brings exotic finds such as Fresh Banana Oreo, Negative Chip and Peanut Butter Ripple. Sorbets are also available with fun flavors such as Margarita and Fresh Hibiscus Lemon.

But besides the flavors of the month, there are also great standbys such as Cake Batter, Cow Trax, Maple Walnut, Cherry Ortiz (previously called Garciaparra), Cappuccino Crunch, Pistachio and much more! And on top of all that ice cream, they even roast their own organic, fair trade coffee.

So next time you find yourself in Beantown, stop off for something cold and sweet at J.P. Licks. You won't be disappointed.

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