Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes a step in a different direction as we visit a hot spot in Blowing Rock, NC, for a cold treat, Kilwins. “Sweet in every Sense since 1947” Kilwins serves just about everything to satisfy your sweet tooth, chocolates, caramel apples, brittle, fudge, and ice cream. Dora here. There’s ALWAYS a crowd around Kilwins! Even in winter.

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There’s ALWAYS a crowd around Kilwins!

Usually, there’s a line inside the store and out.

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The line backs up outside the store.

You have to pass the fudge counter to get to the ice cream. Torture!

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To get to the ice cream counter, you have to pass the fudge counter first. Torture!

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Fudge made in-house

Finally! The ice cream!!

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Lots and lots of flavors to choose from!

On this trip, I chose ice cream, chocolate chip topped with caramel sauce. The ice cream is smooth, silky, and full of huge chocolate chunks. I can’t call them chips because they were like pieces of chocolate incorporated in the ice cream. It was a great ending to a long day of work.

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Chocolate Chip with Caramel Sauce

Dora here. From day one of trying Kilwin’s, I have only ever ordered the Toasted Coconut ice cream. That’s how good it is. None of the other flavors have even tempted me to stray from the Toasted Coconut. Creamy. Decadent. Rich. But not in a way that stops you from digging that spoon to the very bottom of the bowl. And those coconut flakes? Dipped in chocolate, people! 

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Toasted Coconut, and yes, those flakes are toasted in CHOCOLATE, people!

It’s obvious from the first bite that they use quality ingredients, so for two one-scoop cups, we forked over $10. But, as an ice cream lover, this treat is worth every penny. 

Street parking is free in Blowing Rock, but you might have to circle a few times to find a spot. There’s a two-story parking garage a couple blocks away, also free, but it’s full sometimes too. Maybe, if you’re lucky like we were on this particular occasion, you can snag a spot here. Or, better yet, a bench. 🙂

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Maybe, if you’re lucky as we were on this occasion, you can snag a parking spot here. 🙂

Are you an ice cream lover? How much will you pay for ice cream?

We rate this ice cream place 5 spoons out of 5 for a family friendly place serving outstanding ice cream.

Kilwins Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating has us stepping out of our comfort zone of concrete and brick restaurants to review a…

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

Hart’s Soda Shop on wheels

Food Truck.

Now this is no ordinary food truck, since it only sells ice cream. Yes, I said ice cream. We found this “Ice Cream Truck” located at Latta Park, a 32 acre county park in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte.

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Latta Park

As the heat of the summer rolls into North Carolina, it just seems right to be enjoying a bowl on ice cream while sitting at a park.

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

It just seems right to be enjoying a bowl on ice cream while sitting at a park.

Dora here. Ice cream is usually a snack we reserve for late evenings, just before bed, so taking a few minutes to chill outdoors with a bowl of ice cream with the temperature hiking close to ninety was a treat. And Latta Park in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte was so shady and sweet. Surrounded by a grassy berm, parents felt free to kick back and watch their kids play in the enclosed park with squirting water and a nearby playground. Happy squeals, excited chatter and laughter, the chiming of a church bell and a train’s whistle were relaxing sounds. Sunday afternoons don’t get much better than that. Well, maybe throw in a good book and a hammock. 🙂

I chose the Taking Back Sundae, two scoops of vanilla ice cream with a mix of Heath bar, Reeces and Butterfinger bites. The ice cream was good, nothing outstanding, but hit the spot on a hot day in North Carolina.

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Hit the spot on a hot NC afternoon

Dora here. The food truck was fun and whimsical with the pop up top. But after seeing Coconut Cream on a Yelp photo, my mouth watering in anticipation, I was disappointed not to find it among their list of sundaes. The Put a Little Pepe in Your Stepe was creamy and smooth, but loaded with too many pretzels for my liking. After I shoved a few into hubby’s bowl, I enjoyed it. But only until I glimpsed the credit card receipt. The $5.50 each jolted me. I’m not overly frugal, but I expect more for our $11 plus tip.

What’s your favorite ice cream treat?

We rate this food truck 3 forks out of 5 for a family friendly food truck serving good ice cream.

 

Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

During our recent trip to Germany we stopped over in Cologne. We stepped out of the central railway station (Koln Hauptbahnhof), and bam! The Cathedral was right there, in all its glory.

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Cologne Cathedral

 

And just a block or two away, we found Funkhaus Café. This recently renovated stylish café offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and classic dishes along with cakes and pastries.

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Not many people inside because the weather’s so beautiful!

Dora here. Don’t forget breakfast and coffee! Just look at this place. Not many people sitting inside because the weather’s so beautiful! Try to spot my guy in the next picture. See him? ♥ 

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loads of outdoor seating

Back to Ernie…Since I had a large lunch, for dinner I ordered Lentil Soup with smoked duck breast. Outstanding, with the lentil being cooked just enough to have a little bite but not mushy, and the thinly sliced duck breast was tender, tasty, and the perfect accompaniment to the soup. This was just the right dish to end a very busy day.

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Lentil Bean Soup with Duck Breast, outstanding!

Dora here. The Goulash Spätzle was calling my name. Rather loudly. 🙂

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Goulash Spatzle – yes, get it! You won’t be sorry.

 

Doesn’t that look oh-so-yummy? Well, my friends, it was! My first time ever eating Spätzle, and those noodles were so buttery and soft, the meat so tender…I want to go back to Cologne just for the goulash! And to gasp at that stunning cathedral. Oh, let’s not forget about the ice cream! Check this out.

We capped off an awesome day with ice cream from Eiscafe Brede. A walk-up with loads of outside seating and they offer almost any variety of ice cream that you can imagine. (Dora here. Not sure we ever could have imagined this! And if you’re walking from the train station, just a warning, it’s a bit of a trek. Phew!) We both chose the Spaghetti Ice Cream, mine with strawberries and Dora’s with chocolate, of course. Now this was definitely a different bowl of ice cream.  Just looking at it from a distance, it almost looks like real spaghetti. But as soon as you dig into this dessert, you soon realize that it is creamy delicious ice cream.

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Spaghetti Ice Cream…oh yeah! Good to the last noodle.

Dora here. It only took one bite for you to realize, Ernie? Took me the whole bowl. lol. Soooo good! People might’ve stared at me for licking the bowl. \o/

Definitely five forks out of five for both the restaurant and the ice cream!