By Emily Landgraf
Nestled in the heart of Princeton on Nassau Street lies an ice cream parlor that’s been giving the sweet dessert a different spin since 1979 — Thomas Sweet Ice Cream.
With five locations on the East Coast and two in Princeton alone, Thomas Sweet serves up a variety of delicious frozen treats, particularly its signature item, the “Blend-In.”
The parlor features soft-serve ice cream in dozens of flavors. Customers can choose the basics like chocolate or vanilla, or get a little more adventurous with flavors like Brandy Alexander, Chai or Amaretto. For the calorie- conscious, several flavors of frozen yogurt are available as well.
For the “Blend-In,” customers can choose one or more flavors of ice cream and add up to three toppings. After the choices are made, the delicious treat is then blended in Thomas Sweet’s auger-based machine. Toppings include everything from candies, cookies and brownie bites to nuts and fresh fruits. For those looking for even more sweetness, the “Blend-In” sundae, topped with hot fudge and whipped cream, is available.
Thomas Sweet also offers several other flavors of ice cream, as well as classic treats like banana splits, ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.
The eatery uses only natural, local ingredients and adds no artificial flavors or coloring to its ice cream and frozen yogurt. All of the ice cream and frozen yogurt is made on site.
The ice cream parlor also makes ice cream cakes. Customers can choose the classic chocolate and vanilla ice cream or opt for something more creative. The cakes are then filled with a favorite topping, iced, coated with the customer’s candy of choice and then topped off with a customized message.
Thomas Sweet doesn’t just do ice cream — a selection of delicious chocolates and chocolate-covered goodies are available as well. In addition to chocolates, Thomas Sweet also offers fudge at its New Brunswick and Georgetown locations.
The environment of Thomas Sweet will certainly please both the young and young at heart. The eatery’s small size and vibrant colors give it the homey feel of a Jersey Shore ice cream parlor. One wall is devoted to a mural depicting customers lining up outside of the shop, and artwork, photos and comic strips adorn the walls. A large fun-house mirror completes the kid-friendly atmosphere.
The quick, polite service of Thomas Sweet’s employees is something to be praised as well. The ice cream is high quality and delicious, and the signature “Blend-In” is out of this world. Customers can enjoy knowing that their ice cream contains no preservatives or artificial flavors or coloring. However, don’t leave home without cash, as Thomas Sweet does not accept any other form of payment.
In an era where trendy frozen yogurt places, like Twist and Fruity Yogurt (also in Princeton), are springing up all over the place, a traditional ice cream parlor with a twist like Thomas Sweet is a welcome treat.
Visit www.thomassweet.com to learn more.