Treats At Herrells
ByTricia and Danny/
Theres a new ice
cream joint in Town and us Foodies ventured over just as it
opened last weekend in hopes of finding a cool treat to help
us cool off in the hazy summer heat.
Herrells, located at 46L Gerard Street in Huntington
village the site of the old Ritas Ices, is a
family-owned business brought to Long Island from Massachusetts
by South Huntington resident Rick Meuser. Steve Herrell, the
founder of Herrells, was a family friend of Meuser,
and every time Meuser and his family traveled to Massachusetts
they made a point of stopping at Herrells because the
ice cream was so desirable.
Meuser, an attorney in the music industry, decided that Long
Islanders didnt know what they were missing and jumped
at the opportunity to spread the joy of Herrells smooth
and creamy frozen treats.
Described by Meuser as the Santa Claus of ice cream,
Herrell developed an innovative technique of preparing homemade
ice cream by mechanically altering a commercial ice cream
freezer. The same technique is employed at Herrells
in Huntington, where Meusers wife Cathy, daughters Caitlin
and Christi and family friends will dish out the scoops.
Playing into the stereotype that journalists indeed live on
java, we opted for the coffee ice cream topped with delicious
hot fudge. Appropriately java-colored, it impressed us with
its smooth, Arabica flavor that wed expect to find in
a good cup o Joe. However, this comes in a cup o
ice cream. Think of it as an iced mocha that youd eat
with a spoon, but much, much thicker and a bit less
caffeinated, to be sure.
Herrells famous hot fudge (original, peppermint
and almond) can even be savored at home. Available in 10 oz.
containers that feel much heavier, they come with scented
covers that conceal a topping with a rich, gooey consistency.
It wowed our taste buds with its mocha flavor, even though
neither of us are big hot fudge fans.
Next on the list we tried the malted vanilla ice cream. For
you vanilla fans out there, its one of Meusers
favorites, and for good reason. It has an intense, creamy
flavor that isnt as sweet as other vanilla ice creams
weve had. For the record, thats a good thing.
The vanilla flavor has a much richer, adult taste and the
scoops lacked that excessive sweetness so often discovered
in ice creams wanting true flavor.
The cookie dough was another good bet, especially in one of
Herrells fresh, crunchy, wafer-textured waffle
cones. The ice cream inside the thin cone was smooth, thick,
soft and brimming with vanilla flavor. The large chunks of
cookie dough are expertly blended, crunchy and grainy as if
you broke the stuff off of the bar. Topped with Kit Kat chunks
and crushed Butterfingers, the cone was a heavenly experience
matched by few other dairy concoctions.
If you want your toppings mixed in Herrells offers
over 25 candy, nut and fruit toppings order a smoosh-in,
where the topping of choice will be mixed into the ice cream
in front of you by your server.
Along with ice cream, Herrells sells frozen yogurt,
sorbet and a number of tasty milkshakes that can be made with
frozen yogurt instead of ice cream or with skim or soymilk
instead of whole. Ice cream sodas, root beer floats, sorbet
spritzers and New York Egg Creams are just a few of the other
treats available off of Herrells menu.
Herrells smooth, distinctive flavors will definitely
have us coming back for more until we try them all
Herrells has more than 30 flavors that will be featured
on a rotating basis. These include special holiday flavors
such as the pumpkin ice cream that well be waiting on
the edge of our seats to savor.
46L Gerard Street
Ice cream, frozen treats and baked goods
Price Range: Inexpensive
noon to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday noon to midnight