Ice cream concoctions at Rehoboth’s Mug & Spoon
Frozen custard, saltwater taffy and fudge are sugary staples in Delaware’s resort towns. But these traditional boardwalk foods now have some unconventional company.
Consider the recent opening of Makin’ Whoopie Pies on Rehoboth Avenue, located in the former site of the short-lived America’s Pie. It’s the third location for the whoopie pie chain, which started in Lancaster County, Pa. Resourceful Amish women first baked the treat using leftover cake batter and icing.
The shop puts an eclectic spin on the traditional whoopie pies you’d find in New Castle County farmers’ markets. Customers select a cake or cookie flavor for the sandwich component, then choose from 16 icing-like fillings, including “after dark” flavors such as Fireball, Irish Cream and Mojito. Or, they can opt for a filling of Turkey Hill ice cream, which was also born in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
The menu also offers fruit smoothies (strawberry, mango, piña colada or four-berry) and Cocoa Chillers—chocolate smoothies spiked with any of the aforementioned fillings.
Visit makinwhoopiepies.com for more information.
Across the street from Makin’ Whoopie Pies, Mug & Spoon has been making waves this season for milkshakes served in Mason jar-like mugs with novel—and colossal—toppings that make for picture-perfect Instagrams.
Toppings include such unexpected treats as donuts, a roasted marshmallow between graham crackers, a brownie or a wedge of red velvet layer cake. You’ll need a spoon—and probably a fork—to get down to the bottom of some of these concoctions.
Mug & Spoon is also taking iced coffee to new heights with the addition of nitrogen-infused coffee, a chilled drink so crisp and flavorful that it needs no cream or sugar. In between big bites, look up: There’s a fully-equipped kitchen installed on the ceiling.
Located in the Schell Brothers’ New Home Gallery, the restaurant sources its ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin. A few doors down, co-owner Aileen Hearn’s father, Chip, owns The Ice Cream Store, which also sources Woodside’s products.
Visit Mug & Spoon’s Facebook page for more information.
Rehoboth Avenue is already home to Kaisy’s Delights, a colorful shop that specializes in Kaiserschmarrnpastry —or Kaisy for short. Austrian for “Emperor’s Mess,” it’s a fluffy, shredded pancake served with sweet or savory ingredients. This season, Lewes visitors and locals alike are discovering the freestanding Kaisy’s Delights on Savannah Road, which has a drive-through window.
At both locations, you can also get hot and cold drinks, smoothies, ice cream, quiche, breakfast sandwiches and, interestingly, goulash soup.
Visit kaisysdelights.com for more information.