Although the origins of the ice cream sundae are greatly contested, a popular origin story is that the sundae came to be after blue laws in some states outlawed the sales of soda on Sunday. For that reason, instead of ice cream sodas, ice cream parlors began selling the ice cream with the soda syrup on Sunday. The spelling was changed due to objections by religious groups at the time. No matter the sundae’s origins, it is a favorite summertime treat. Whether hot fudge or fresh fruit is your topping of choice, here are a few great places to get a Sundae in the Pittsburgh area.
511 Adams Ave.
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Located south of Pittsburgh, Sarris Candies is known for its high-quality chocolate that is a favorite holiday gift for Easter, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. During the summer, however, many head to Sarris to enjoy the sundaes at its old fashioned ice cream parlor. Sarris offers three-scoop sundaes known as “big tyme sundaes” and two-scoop sundaes known as “small tyme sundaes.” These sundaes include your choice of classic sundae toppings, whipped cream and a cherry. Try the hot fudge sundae to enjoy that famous Sarris chocolate flavor with your favorite ice cream.
Scoops Ice Cream
311 Beverly Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
With locations in Mt. Lebanon, Brookline and Bloomfield, scoops ice cream offers a tasty, old fashioned ice cream experience. Scoops offers two- or three-scoop sundaes with your choice of toppings. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try one of Scoops’ special sundae combinations, such as the grasshopper. The grasshopper features mint chocolate chip ice cream topped with hot fudge and crushed Oreo cookies.
Krency’s Ice Cream
690 E. Maiden St.
Washington, PA 15301
Located south of the city in Washington, Krency’s Ice Cream offers classic soft serve ice cream sundaes. Krency’s offers a simple variety of ice cream flavors including chocolate, vanilla, twist and one additional specialty flavor. The banana split is a popular choice. Offered in a cup or in the classic banana split boat, this sundae features vanilla ice cream with chocolate, pineapple and strawberry toppings, bananas, whipped cream and nuts.READ MORE: Best Shopping In Pittsburgh's Downtown
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Klavon’s Ice Cream
2801 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Located in the strip district, Klavon’s Ice cream offers sundaes made with your favorite flavors from the Penn State Creamery. At Klavon’s, you can choose from the more than 20 sundae combinations on the menu such as the peanut butter and jelly sundae. This sundae features vanilla ice cream with peanuts, peanut butter sauce and strawberry sauce. If none of these strike your fancy, you can create your own flavor combination.
Sugar and Spice
5200 Clairton Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Located in the West Hills, Sugar and Spice offers a wide variety of classic ice cream sundaes made with one of its many daily special flavors. If you find yourself craving more summer fun, gather some friends and enjoy an ice cream sundae party for any occasion. When you host an ice cream social with Sugar and Spice, it provides ice cream, three toppings, assorted sprinkle toppings and whipped cream. That’s enough for you and your friends to get your ice cream sundae fix without all of the work.
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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.