One Scoop—or Three?
Delicious Ice-Cream options in Wilton
Three lucky kids get the works at Heibeck’s Stand in Georgetown. This roadside favorite has been in business for 85 years and offers 40 flavors of homemade ice cream.
Photos by Karen Morneau
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, Americans consume more ice cream than anyone else in the world. At an estimated five gallons per person, per year, we certainly have a sweet tooth. Despite the plethora of flavors available to us today, vanilla tops the charts as the fan favorite, followed closely by chocolate. Those flavors and many more are never far away at some of our favorite Wilton spots.
Heibeck’s Stand Katherine and George Heibeck first started scooping at Heibeck’s Stand in the Georgetown section of Wilton in 1931. Soon after, daughter Helen began making her own homemade ice cream using premium ingredients, and created 100 different flavors, which were offered on a rotating basis. Today, Heibeck’s is owned by great-grandson, Skylar Smith, the fourth generation to run the stand. “I have worked at Heibeck’s since I was 15, and my grandfather still works six days a week at 90 years old,” Smith explains.
He also works alongside his mother, Bobbie, who is “the mastermind behind the recipes and all homemade aspects of our food.” Currently rotating 40 varieties of ice cream, Smith’s favorites are two of the signature flavors: Deep Purple Cow (black-raspberry ice cream with chocolate and white-chocolate chunks) and Mass Mocha (coffee ice cream with espresso-filled chocolate chunks, dark chocolate chunks and fudge swirl). Other popular flavors include the newly added Salted Caramel, Three Geeks and a Redhead (coconut ice cream, coconut flakes, chocolate chunks, brownie pieces, and raspberry swirl), and blueberry, which is only in season for one month. Heibeck’s Stand gives motorists multiple delicious reasons to pull over and enjoy a taste of summer.
Scoops When Kevin Wall moved to Wilton as a child back in 1982, he loved walking to Scoops for ice cream and candy, which at the time, was owned by the parents of two schoolmates. Fast forward to 2009, when Kevin and his wife, Megan, both Wilton High School grads, were approached by then-owner, Susan Humphrey, to take over the business.
“We didn’t change anything,” he explains. The old-fashioned shop still proudly serves Connecticut-made Buck’s ice cream, and sells candy by the pound or by the piece. “People always come in and tell us they are so glad we kept everything the same,” says Wall. “There’s a lot of nostalgia.” The French-style ice cream is all-natural and richer than regular ice cream, and there are at least ten different flavors ready to scoop any given time.
“We always have the most popular flavors like Swamp, Mud, Mint Chip, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry plus a sherbet in stock,” he says. “Then we rotate other flavors such as Mocha Chip, Black Raspberry, Pistachio, Buck Tracks, Cookie Dough, Salted Caramel and Quicksand but they sell out quickly!” If you want avoid missing out on your favorite, Scoops keeps a “call list” for regular customers and will gladly hand-pack a pint for you. There are also milkshakes, Root Beer floats, and custom cakes available. According to Wall, “Every day is a good day for ice cream!”
92 Old Ridgefield Rd.
College Creamery In 2011, in hopes of earning money for college tuition, a trio of enterprising Wilton High School grads purchased and renovated a 1977 Chevy ice cream truck and hit the road with College Creamery. Lindsay Wheeler, Taylor Toll, and Stephanie Fricke spent four summers on the truck until 2015, when a new set of college students took over.
Siblings Julia, Jack, and Justin Lewis are in their second summer of catering ice cream treats for all ages at private parties, sporting events, and corporate outings. “We learned a lot last summer,” says Julia, who is a sophomore at the University of Miami. “I have gained so many life skills while running this business. I know those skills will stay with me for the rest of my life.” With eighteen flavors of shaved ice, plus a large selection of ice cream novelties, candy, and drinks available, everyone walks away happy.
Shaved ice is most popular, and perennial favorites include Tiger’s Blood (strawberry, watermelon, and coconut), Bahama Mama (fruity pina colada), and blue raspberry.
What’s best about operating the truck? Julia says it all. “Who wouldn’t want a fun summer job selling ice cream and being around kids and making money doing it?”
190 Old Huckleberry Rd.
For fun facts and a quick history of ice cream read Ice-Cold History