I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published November 20th 2011
Glenelg is undoubtedly the beach capital of Adelaide where locals and tourists flock to, not only for the water but for the food. While the fresh seafood is an obvious temptation, so too are the four or so ice cream stores. One store that remains reliable, with more than enough flavours to enjoy a different one each week, and that's true value for money is Baskin Robbins.
I don't need free chocolate sauce, chopped nuts or even a chocolate-rim dipped cone. Baskin Robbins is my choice because it fulfils what ice cream is about - delicious flavours. And they serve up extra large scoops for an extremely reasonable price. My dilemma with ice cream is whether to go for fresh sorbet fruity flavours, traditional ones, dessert flavoured or chocolate infusions.
My recent taste sensation included an indulgent scoop of Peanut Butter 'N Chocolate and Cookies 'N Cream. While I love chocolate but not usually as ice cream, the nutty filling of my favourite condiment was a winner. And I don't believe you can ever go wrong with Cookies 'N Cream and this had chocolaty soft cookies pieces interspersed throughout creamy vanilla ice cream.
My partner went for a scoop of Mango sorbet and Rainbow Sherbet sorbet. The mango had a tart tingle to it but was so refreshing on that balmy night. The rainbow sherbet sounded like a kiddy flavour but it was also perfectly light after a big meal, with flavours of raspberry, orange and pineapple.
One scoop would have been plenty but at only around $2.50 a scoop, I was more than happy to hand over my cash. Other flavours Baskin Robbins stock that I can't wait to try for their point of difference is Green Tea (made with real tea leaves), Love Potion #31 (white chocolate and raspberry ice cream with chocolate cups and chocolate chips) and Strawberry Cheesecake (with cheesecake cubes and strawberry sauce).
Next time you're strolling along Jetty Road after a meal, head straight to Baskin and Robbins. Not only will you get served quickly, you'll be choosing your flavour for next time before you've walked out the door.