Pumphouse Creamery

Ice Cream Parlor
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Even though I have an abnormal attraction to all ice cream — even the icky stuff you buy from gas station freezers — I consider myself a keen judge of superpremium varieties. I look for purity of flavor, freshness of cream, and enough butterfat to provide luxury without adipose overload. Well-crafted toppings, toasted nuts, pure whipped cream, and extraordinary cones all add to the pleasure.

On every count, Pumphouse Creamery wins my unbridled admiration. Using cream and milk from a farm in Osceola, Wisconsin, and such other impeccable ingredients as Door County cherries, organic berries, and locally-baked cakes and cookies, this little storefront delivers monumental satisfaction without the least bit of grandiosity. The place itself is nothing more than a narrow storefront — more ice cream kitchen than serving area — with a single large table up front and a bench and a few seats out on the sidewalk.

Nor is what’s served here flamboyant or affected. This is not children’s ice cream; it is ice cream for adults, neither insanely rich nor supersweet, made in a quiet rainbow of subdued natural colors. House-made cones are modest fellows, crisp and tasty; and the scoops that get put on top of them (or in a cup) are not silly-large. Order a sundae — one scoop or two — and it comes in a rinky-dink little plastic cup.

But a few licks quickly tells a tale of distinction: banana ice cream sings of fresh bananas; coconut ice cream is genuinely tropical and studded with almonds and large cocoa-charged chocolate chips; caramel ice cream is laced with crunchy praline pecans; cherry ice cream is made with real Door County sour cherries that are stunningly offset by their creamy medium. And oh, the sauces, especially a marvelous butterscotch sauce that is as buttery as it is sweet. And thick whipped cream (from that Wisconsin farm). And chunky ginger molasses cookies to sandwich banana ice cream. And, and, and… Ok, I will shut up now, except to say that if you like ice cream even half as much as I, do yourself a favor and visit Pumphouse Creamery.

What to Eat
Pumphouse Creamery, Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Must-Try
Those big hunks in the coconut ice cream are free-form pieces of chocolate that are delicious in their own right. Almonds are in there, too, and the scoop rests atop one of Pumphouse's fine cookie cones, made from locally-grown organic grains and seeds.
Pumphouse Creamery, Door County Sour Cherry Ice Cream
Door County Sour Cherry Ice Cream
Must-Try
The cherries in sour cherry ice cream are NOT maraschinos. They really are sour -- at first a strange thing to find in one's ice cream, but soon part of a wonderful sweet and sour duet.
Pumphouse Creamery, Banana Sundae
Banana Sundae
Must-Try
For the photo's sake, I asked for whipped cream to be withheld from this sundae of banana ice cream, caramel sauce, and crunchy pecans. Once the shutter snapped, the cup got filled.
Pumphouse Creamery, Butterscotch Sundae
Butterscotch Sundae
Must-Try
Double-barrel sundae. On the bottom is buttermilk ice cream with pieces of lemon bar; on top is lavender ice cream. Between and atop them are butterscotch sauce, pecans, and whipped cream.
Pumphouse Creamery, Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich
Must-Try
A few kinds of ice cream sandwich are available in the freezer case. This one is banana ice cream between two large molasses-ginger cookies made by Minneapolis's Empire Coffee & Pastry.
Pumphouse Creamery, Muscovado Ice Cream
Muscovado Ice Cream
Yes, this is dairy-free ice cream, one of a few such flavors available. It is called Muscovado for the caramel-tinged, unrefined sugar it contains, along with coconut milk. It lacks the luxe of real ice cream, but does not lack for flavor.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 6pm
Monday2pm - 8pm
Tuesday2pm - 8pm
Wednesday2pm - 8pm
Thursday2pm - 8pm
Friday2pm - 8pm
Saturday12pm - 8pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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