July 16, 2020
Fueled up, we were off to find the Liberty Bell. We passed many historic buildings and saw cool murals painted on buildings.
The Liberty Bell is inside a building which is not open to the public now (none of the sights were open if they were inside a building.) We could see two sides of the bell through a window, but we could not see the crack in the bell.
Outside the Liberty Bell Center was an exhibit which I appreciated, sharing a slice of our complicated and messy history which included slavery alongside a founding principle that “all men are created equal.”
Curiously, the official Ice Cream Trail list does not have any creameries in Philadelphia. It could be that none are connected to small, local farms.
Gregg remembered seeing Bassetts on the PBS show that our friend, Brandi, recommended. I don’t remember how I found out about Franklin Fountain but it was on a “must do” list.
Gregg ordered a Franklin Mint. It had mint chocolate chip and vanilla ice creams, chocolate syrup, mint syrup, marshmallow “phluff,” whipped cream, and two pieces of mint chocolates on top. It was served in a Chinese take-out type of container. It was delicious!
There is an old soda fountain called Franklin Fountain. Two doors away they have a Franklin Ice Cream Bar. You can’t enter either one right now. We were there half an hour before they opened their take-out window so we waited and were the first customers of the day at Franklin Fountain.
One of their novelties is an ice cream bar in a keystone shape, freshly dipped. I thought about getting their coffee toffee bar but decided my body would be happier if I just shared some of Gregg’s. I don’t feel sugared-out yet so it was probably a good decision.
Ratings on a scale of -5 to 5:
- Creativity: 5
- Flavor: 5
- Texture: 5
- Temperature: 5
- Selection: 5
- Type: hard packed/scooped
- Worth the Drive? 5