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Kip’s Ice Cream in Coraopolis focuses on fresh ingredients

The playful dog theme extends to décor and flavors like German Shepherd Chocolate Cake

click to enlarge Dog statuettes welcome you into ice-cream paradise. - PHOTO BY RYAN DETO
Photo by Ryan Deto
Dog statuettes welcome you into ice-cream paradise.

Kip’s Ice Cream, in Coraopolis, has not gone to the dogs; in fact it’s thriving. Sure, dog-themed memorabilia is scattered throughout the small space off Thorn Run Road, but this ice-cream parlor provides more than 30 homemade flavors for humans. 

“The original owner had a dog named Kip and they started the dog theme,” says current owner Teresa Ware. “It was such a neat idea, so why change it? In the summer, we will have a few dogs out on the porch at any time.” 

Kip’s theme might be hound-inspired, but its focus is on fresh ingredients. For example, its strawberry and raspberry ice creams use a fresh-fruit purée that provides a bright non-syrupy taste. The comically named PennDOT Road (the shop’s take on rocky road) is filled with moist chopped almonds and fluffy mini-marshmallows.

Ware says what makes the difference is that Kip’s makes fresh batches, from original recipes, three to four times a week; the high butter-fat content of the dairy doesn’t hurt either. 

The names of some flavors echo the playful canine theme: Try the German Shepherd Chocolate Cake or the Better Pecanese. And bring your Pekingese, too — Kip’s makes a special low-fat ice cream that is safer for pooches, complete with a dog bone to cleanse their puppy palates.

Many suburban ice-cream spots are outdoor venues and close for the winter. But Kip’s is open year-round and offers a buy-one-get-one-half-off special on pints through March.

1136 Thorn Run Road, Coraopolis. 412-269-7475. Cash only.

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