Hours: Open Weekdays 11:30am-10pm; Weekends 1pm-10pm
Claiming to be Bethlehem’s favorite ice cream store for the past 85 years, The Bethlehem Dairy Store, is going strong. Otherwise known as “The Cup” for its shape, provides an ideal setting for a local gathering on a warm summer night. Well-known for its made-on-premises ice cream and wide selection of flavors, be prepared for a long line and full tables of all ages.
The vintage ambiance secures your confidence that you will partake in a historic treat. View their website for a full list of flavors divided into famous (maple walnut, bing cherry, almond joy, chocolate fudge brownie, dulce de leche) seasonal (ambrosia, lemon cream pie, pumpkin cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, chunky pineapple, german chocolate cake, rum raisin, teaberry and more), and novelty items (popsicles, chipwiches, “scooter balls”). For the more traditional customer, you’ll be sure to find your classic, standard flavors as well.
The cup specializes in ice cream cakes and provides a superb sundae, my husband’s preference. In addition, they offer a variety of sugar-free hard ice cream, sherbet, and 3 flavors of soft ice cream. Open year round, their store provides ample seating in a unique setting. However, if you like action, you will be sure to enjoy sitting outside on one of their many park-benches, overlooking a yard area for the kids to play and the busy metropolis of downtown Bethlehem. Although there is a location near Lehigh University, be sure to visit their original store for the full “Cup” experience.
Price: Total bill for a 1 scoop and 2 scoop: $6.98
Will I return? When we are looking for a dessert spot in the Bethlehem area, this is definitely one of our considerations.