Summer is not complete without a few trips to the local ice cream shop, and with the help of the new competitor, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, that summertime task is easy to make happen. The new ice cream shop has only been open for a few months, but it has already stolen the hearts of many South-siders.
Handel’s is located at: 902 North State Road 135, near Steinmart. Its placement on 135 makes it an easy pit stop after a long day in the sun, a hard day at work, or even just a quick sweet treat after dinner.
Handel’s distinct design makes it impossible to miss, too. It has the classic red and blue color scheme, which makes it nostalgic and comforting. The comfort that comes from receiving a sweet treat from a nice staff makes the experience 10 times more enjoyable.
Not only is the staff and building simple and graceful, but the actual treats are tasty. The number of flavors is insane. Their flavors include Key Lime Pie, PB&J, and Eggnog in the holiday season, but the fun does not stop there.
Handel’s also has dairy-free, vegan, low-fat, and sugar-free options for those who are restricted from enjoying the normal, creamy ice cream. Though the special ice cream options may be limited, they are still tasty. The only dairy-free flavor that Handel’s carries at the moment is Almond Milk Chocolate ice cream, but after testing it out, there is no difference between the normal ice cream and dairy-free. They have mastered the art of creating a non-icy dairy-free treat while also creating some delicious icy treats that are completely different.
The other dairy-free options that Handel’s sells include sherbets and ices. They are different than the other ice creams because they are made without milk or cream. The sherbet flavors are: Black Raspberry, Lime, Orange, Pineapple, Pink Champagne, Red Raspberry, and Strawberry Margarita. The common thing to do with a sherbet or ice dessert is to make it sour. It does not have the classic creaminess as normal ice cream, but it is super refreshing on a hot summer day.
The typical ice cream or sherbet in a cone can get boring, but luckily Handel’s carries many more ways to enjoy ice cream. These other options include shakes, banana splits, and smoothies. The shakes are made from blended ice cream, so customers can choose any flavor they would like and turn it into a shake.
However, the downside to ordering anything other than a cake or waffle cone is that the other items are more expensive. The price of a shake is $4.75 compared to the lower price of $3.25 for a double scoop cone, but if what sounds good is a shake, it is worth the extra penny. Not only is the staff very helpful in giving the customer advice on what to order, but they are very efficient at keeping the seating clean.
Handel’s is an outdoor ice cream shop, so the only seating is outside. This can easily make it dirty and prone to germs, but the staff makes it a priority to keep everything squeaky clean so customers can enjoy the park-bench-style seating with their tasty treats.
Despite the epidemic, Handel’s took a leap and succeeded with their new shop, so the next time ice cream comes to mind, take a leap of faith and try out Handel’s. They have more locations around Indiana, but the closest on is here in Greenwood.