As we were getting ready to be heading back home towards Baltimore from around Sheperdstown, WV, our friend Jim told us “There’s a great place to get ice cream in Sharpsburg! Keep your eyes open!” Well, we did keep our eyes open and dang if we didn’t come across Nutter’s Ice Cream parlor! And gosh darn, there must have been at least 20-30 people lounging around on neighborhood steps, lawns and benches eating ice cream at around 6 pm on a warm summer Sunday.
Even more surprising, we opened the door and found there had to be like 20+ people in line waiting to get ice cream!
Trying to decide what to get proved a challenge even with the wait! Nutter’s has 32 flavors of regular ice cream plus soft serve ice cream and a whole host of things intended to lure you down the path of waistline perdition!
John decided on Pistachio ice cream. The smallest cup was filled to overflowing with two HUGE scoops of ice cream (and to his amazement cost only $2!) Being at Nutter’s is a bit like being in a time warp and its easy to feel like somehow you’re a kid in small town; why I started wondering if I had somehow been transported to Mayberry and Sheriff Andy Taylor was going to walk with Aunt Bea and Opie to get an after-supper ice cream cone. Reality is that that even thought Nutter’s feels like its been around for 50 or 75 years, it only came into being in 1996…
There was a big discussion about whether the ice cream is actually “made here” by Nutter’s or not. My friend Tom saw one of the high school girls behind the counter replacing a tub of ice cream from the counter and he swears that he saw “Turkey Hill” emblazoned on the side of the container. (Later doing some research, I noted that Nutter’s Facebook page cites that the ice cream comes from “Kemps“) Regardless, I’d bet that more than half of the 32 flavors were unusual enough and had never seen the inside of a supermarket ice cream freezer cabinet . And what the hey, I found a photo of a sign on Nutter’s Ice Cream Facebook site that seemed to dead on sum my feelings on this issue!
FACTS: Nutter’s Ice Cream – Sharpsburg, MD; 100 E. Main Street; Nutter’s Facebook Link ; open 7 days a week from 1 pm to 9 pm (sometimes later on hot summer nights); On-street parking