AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA (July 21, 2013) — Today is “National Ice Cream Day” (in America, the entire summer month of July is “National Ice Cream Month”). It was back in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan recognized the national love of ice cream in the U.S.A.
Are you ready to do your part to honor the celebration of ice cream? If so, you’ll want to know a good place to go for a special frozen treat on Amelia Island.
When in the downtown historic district, there’s one corner, a sweet spot, home to Fernandina’s Fantastic Fudge (218 Centre Street, 904-277-4801). It’s hard to miss, usually busy year round with people flowing out to the sidewalk. However, on sultry summer evenings (common during July on Amelia Island), it’s a buzzing hub of activity. You know a business is a success when it’s been open on Centre Street for 25 years.
While they have plenty of enticing ice cream flavors, their homemade specialty is actually hand-dipped chocolates and fudge — hence the name of this business. If you’re lucky, you might see the fudge actually being made by owner and chocolatier, Steve Colwell, on marble slab tables. But beware, enter at your own risk, Fantastic Fudge is brimming with temptation. It also happens to be located in one of Fernandina’s lovely historic buildings (circa 1884), so be sure to take note of the beautiful windows, they’re architectural eye candy.
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SWEET TREATS: Homemade fudge, ice cream, frozen yogurt shops around Amelia Island, Florida
Another spot to enjoy frozen treats on a hot summer night on Centre Street is Island Time Premium Frozen Yogurt. Also serving ice cream or frozen yogurt in Fernandina Beach (on Amelia Island) is Dairy Queen, Cold Stone Creamery, DeNucci’s, and Yobe, known as YogaBerries, all located along Sadler Road. DeNucci’s Soft Serve is family owned and operated with a kid’s play area, drive-thru window as well as inside service and seating. DeNucci’s serves soft serve ice cream, frozen custard, frozen non-fat yogurt and no sugar added non-fat yogurt, and fruity Dole whip. For chocolates, another great spot for your sweet tooth is Peterbrooke Chocolatier, also on Sadler Road (near Publix grocery store).