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After we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Wildflower Cafe in Watkins Glen, we completed our meal with a delicious dessert. Just down the main street in town on South Franklin Street, The Great Escape Ice Cream Store serves up a huge variety of frozen treats, including 29 flavors of vegan soft serve ice cream. This darling ice cream parlor is family-owned for over 30 years and we could tell that it was a beloved spot in the downtown region.
First of all, it is often difficult to find vegan desserts of any kind while traveling about, let alone in a small town like Watkins Glen. Its also rare to find delicious, plant-based desserts in such a great variety of flavors. Oh, the choices! It was difficult to decide as all of these sounded so yummy. After some deliberation, I eventually chose the Maple Nut flavor (sticking with my Canadian roots), and Justin opted for the caramel vegan ice cream. The above board shows all of the vegan options available at Great Escape. Most of these are flavors added to soft serve ice cream, and there were two different kinds of the hard ice cream, too.
When we placed our orders, we were given the option of having vanilla, chocolate, or a twist of vanilla and chocolate soft serve ice cream. Maple nut seemed to go best with vanilla, and Justin chose to have the chocolate-vanilla twist with his caramel-flavored treat. We ate the ice cream out of small bowls, although they did have vegan cones available as well.
The vegan ice cream at Great Escape is soy-based, though you would hardly know it. It tasted exactly like what I recall dairy ice cream tasting like. Dairy-free ice cream can be made out of a variety of different plant-based milks, including soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and the list goes on. Most grocery stores nowadays carry a variety of dairy-free ice creams that are absolutely delicious and I suggest you give them a try.
If you find yourself in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, be sure to stop by The Great Escape in Watkins Glen for a yummy frozen treat, although you may have a tough time choosing what flavor to eat. Looking for things to do in Watkins Glen? Check out my Watkins Glen travel guide for nature lovers.
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The Great Escape
221 S. Franklin St.
Watkins Glen, NY
What flavor of vegan soft serve ice cream would you like to try?