Pink Dipper

Ice Cream Parlor
excellent
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | August 10, 2017
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It’s great to be happy when you visit Pink Dipper; but for some of us, it’s a particularly good destination if we’re sad. Is there a more effective anti-depressant than an expertly-made banana split, complete with three flavors of ice cream, three different complementary toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and maraschino cherries? Even if you get a basic cone (made in house) filled with vanilla or chocolate or more exotic flavors such as Superman, Salty Caramel, or Birthday Cake, simply being inside Pink Dipper is an upbeat experience. Continue reading

It’s great to be happy when you visit Pink Dipper; but for some of us, it’s a particularly good destination if we’re sad. Is there a more effective anti-depressant than an expertly-made banana split, complete with three flavors of ice cream, three different complementary toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and maraschino cherries? Even if you get a basic cone (made in house) filled with vanilla or chocolate or more exotic flavors such as Superman, Salty Caramel, or Birthday Cake, simply being inside Pink Dipper is an upbeat experience. I am smitten by its lipstick-red counter stools and wrought-iron chairs with their heart-shaped backs at pink tables, as well as by a staff who dips and mixes ice cream and all its condiments with an attitude of enthusiasm and savoir-faire.

No concession is made to appetites other than sweet tooths. Sandwiches, soups, and savory dishes do not exist. Pink Dipper is all about ice cream: in cups and cones, in milk shakes and sodas, and as sundaes and splits. It’s not artisan ice cream, but it is good stuff, made in Greenville and served in generous scoops. Toppings are nothing fancy, either — except maybe the honey-colored wet walnuts that are a sumptuous alternative to chopped peanuts. But hot fudge, marshmallow sauce, pineapple chunks, and cherries are paradigmatic ice-cream-parlor toppings, just right on these ingenuous offerings.

Of special note for those in search of regional curiosities: a Moon Pie sundae. The echt-southern Moon Pie, which is a chocolate-dipped pair of large Graham cracker cookies sandwiching a marshmallow middle, is warmed just enough so it’s easy to sever with a plastic spoon, then heaped with ice cream, hot fudge, and your choice of chopped peanuts or wet walnuts. For me, the walnuts tend towards overkill, looming over everything enough to overshadow the refined harmonics of a warm Moon Pie topped with ice cream and fudge. I ate it all, of course, but next time I’ll have it with chopped peanuts.

Dishes to try
Pink Dipper, Banana Split
Banana Split
Must-Try
The Big Kahuna of ice cream treats, a full-bore banana split, is sweet-tooth pleasure for days.
Pink Dipper, Moon Pie Sundae
Moon Pie Sundae
Must-Try
Dixie Delight: Moon pie hot fudge sundae with wet walnuts
Pink Dipper, Banana Pudding Ice Cream
Banana Pudding Ice Cream
Must-Try
Two hefty scoops of banana pudding ice cream barely come to the top of a capacious house-made cone.
Pink Dipper, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
If you like Reese's, you need to know about chocolate ice cream laced with leaves of peanut butter.
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Information and Policies
Seasons
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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