Before I even had a chance to try the ice cream cone in my hand, my two nephews were singing the praises of their milkshakes.
These two boys aren’t too adventurous when it comes to ice cream. They love the classics. So when the three of us stopped by the Heights shop Sweet Bribery, they didn’t even look twice at flavors such as Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake or Count Chocula Cereal Milk.
The older nephew got the Tahitian Vanilla Bean milkshake with M&M’s blended in. The younger one stuck with his favorite milkshake flavor, Cookies ‘N’ Cream, and just for fun got extra Oreos mixed in.
One of them even asked me if Sweet Bribery was famous for its milkshakes. When I laughed and told him no, he said they should be.
And while I thought the milkshakes looked to be on the watery side rather than thick, they must have been the perfect consistency for the boys.
I sneaked a taste of the Cookies ‘N’ Cream one, and adding the extra Oreos was worth it.
As a precaution, Sweet Bribery didn’t allow for me to try any samples, so I went for something I hoped was as good as it looked — Banana Puddin’ ice cream in a waffle cone.
I took the employee’s word for it when she said it was really good, and I’m glad I did.
The scoop was creamy and tasted of bananas, but didn’t have banana pieces. It had pieces of vanilla wafers, though, completing my new favorite way of eating banana pudding.
The waffle cone was lighter in color and a little thinner than I’m used to. It lacked that classic waffle cone flavor.
But it didn’t bother me because I was too busy enjoying the ice cream. According to Sweet Bribery’s website, its staples are fresh milk, thick cream and golden eggs. Small batches are made daily, ensuring a fresh taste.
The texture is smooth and probably some of the creamiest ice cream I’ve had. Sometimes ice cream is icy rather than creamy, and I was happy to find that wasn’t the case here.
The ice cream shop also has offerings aimed at adults, like the Champagne Float and Sparkling Pitaya. Customers can also by a glass of wine, white or red, draft beer or cider along with their scoops of ice cream.
Address: 250 W. 19th St.
Hours: 1-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the show: Banana Puddin’ ice cream