Philadelphia’s Best Artisanal Ice Cream Shop

Perched along Fishtown’s bustling Girard Avenue and sandwiched in between busy and boisterous establishments, Sancho Pistola’s, Johnny Brenda’s and the like sits Weckerly’s Ice Cream, a charming shop offering a seasonal array of small-batch, custardy desserts made from locally-sourced organic milk. Within the late fall of 2012, Weckerly’s was born within the Spruce Hill Community of West Philadelphia which quickly turned heads of Philadelphians with its innovative but delicious twists on unconventional flavors. A few years later, Weckerly’s grew into a micro creamery, employed by an artisanal collective of chefs, bakers, craftspeople and artists. Husband and wife Andy and Jen co-own their shop, carefully preparing each ingredient to be slowly cooked, steeped, cooled, churned and finally froze into a rich French-style ice cream to nourish its diverse community and stockists within the tri-state area.

The exterior surroundings of the shop are permeated by the floating aroma of freshly-toasted waffle cones to contain flavors including honey lavender, nepitella stracciatella, chocolate almond pound cake, which are vastly-rotating, changing and sometimes (if we’re lucky) returning. Each flavor is inspired by the seasons and skillfully crafted from scratch with locally-sourced contents. If you dare not to order a handmade waffle cone, there’s also the option to choose a house-made ice cream sandwich or simply get your scoop in in a cup, including toppings like salted caramel sauce, cocoa cookie crumble, whipped cream, hot fudge or even a mini ice cream sandwich. If you (like myself) live in constant fear of Weckerly’s selling out of a certain flavor, the shop offers the comfort of offering flavors in pint as well, so you can take some more for the road (or later). Weckerly’s keeps its fanatics firmly updated in real time on its latest flavors, events and news through their engaging Instagram accounts. Each Sunday, the shop even features a one-time-only ‘Sunday Sundae.’ Over one particularly snow-filled weekend, Weckerly’s featured a Gingerbread Sundae: gingerbread and cream cheese frosted jelly roll, topped with a scoop of your choice, butter rum caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a gingerbread man cookie. It’s most recent combination was the “Meyer Lemon Sundae” featuring Lemon Bandit Ice Cream that was gracefully paired with Graham cracker crumble, lemon curd, and homemade marshmallow fluff.

If you’re unable to get into the shop, Weckerly’s offers delivery through Caviar or can even cater for events of all sizes, whether it be within an intimate dinner or a 500-person event. Regardless of where or when it’s being served, eating Weckerly’s always helps to create a memorable experience. You can even find Weckerly’s pints in popular Philadelphia stockists like Di Bruno Brothers and Green Aisle Grocery or maybe even within a Nitro Iced Coffee Ice Cream Float or Affogato at Rival Brothers Coffee!

Weckerly’s organic cream is sourced from grass-fed cows at Seven Stars Farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, combined with free-range eggs from Sandy Ridge Farm. Each flavor is carefully constructed with a unique new recipe strictly served when each ingredient is in season, ensuring the brightest, freshest and succulent taste. Delicate and simply good, Weckerly’s is Fishtown’s best-kept secret dessert joint that’s been shaking up Philadelphia’s ice cream scene.

Isabella Mauro

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