Even if you are not religious, you have to admit that they picked a catchy name. I was introduced to Sundae School the last few weekends in Cape Cod and was promptly converted. (Get it?)
In France, the concept of ice cream seemed either very fancy or relegated to being a street food. Places like Berthillon make wonderful ice cream, yet you either have to take it to go or pay premium prices to eat in the sit-down area. Plus, the sundaes at cafés are usually at least 10 Euros!
The concept of an ice cream parlor that serves shakes, floats, and sundaes seems purely American. It was a nice immersion back into American society with visits to a real ice cream parlor, especially on hot summer nights. There's nothing like sitting in a cute place, surrounded by ice cream memorabilia, watching teenagers scooping out ice cream in its various forms to eager children and adults alike.
Sundae School makes its own ice cream, some of which is sold in stores on the Cape. Their specialty seemed to be Oreo cookie combinations like coffee Oreo or Oreo Crunch, and with counters inside and outside, they run a brisk business.
My first taste flavor was the pineapple sorbet, as I was in the mood for something light and refreshing. The sorbet was smooth with really small ice crystals, nice and tangy, not too sugary, and had a lot of fresh pineapple flavor. I was impressed.
The next visit was for a raz-Oreo frappe (raspberry-Oreo ice cream milkshake for West Coast-ers). It was thick and creamy, but you needed a spoon to catch all the Oreo chunks that settled to the bottom! The French never knew had to do milkshakes- they were always too liquidy or thrown into a blender. Even the one I ordered at an American diner in Paris was bad.
Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, replaces a milkshake machine. Blenders just grind everything up and destroy the texture of the ice cream, especially ice creams with solid pieces of candy, fruit, or cookie in them. I know it's hard to suck the pieces up with a straw, but that's why milkshakes are served with a long spoon!
Sundae School, thank you for reminding me of a true American tradition. I feel blessed. (Okay, the puns end here!)
381 Lower County Rd.
Dennisport, MA 02639
Other locations in Harwich Port & East Orleans