Cream & Sugar Cafe in Bethel put itself on the map this year with its signature giant ice cream concotions called the Freak Sundae and the Freak Shake.This feature was one of our most popular stories of 2017. ICYMI: It's worth another look.
BETHEL, Conn. — Even cold, winter temperatures couldn't stop over a dozen people from enjoying the hottest new items — the freakishly large ice cream sundaes and milkshakes — on the menu at Cream & Sugar Cafe in Bethel.
Taylor Alves and Allie Johnstone, students at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, shared a Freak Shake, which is a new item on the Cream & Sugar menu along with the Freak Sundae.
The Freak Shake is about a foot tall, contains a rainbow of ice cream flavors, and is topped with glitter, ribbons, lollipops and even a necklace — well, a candy necklace, that is.
It was their first time at the Bethel ice cream shop, which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this year.
Alves called the ice cream concoction “a beautiful work of art" — but that didn’t stop her from eagerly digging into it.
“It's messy, but it's good,” said Alves, as she used her spoon to prevent the tower of ice cream from toppling over.
There is usually a line out the door starting at about 2 p.m. and lasting through closing time, said Alec Morrone, who works at Cream & Sugar.
“It’s about an hour's wait to get served,” he said. “There are people waiting outside every day before we open, too.”
Danielle Joy and Camila Ferreira of Waterbury and Kirsten Reardon of Naugatuck were also sharing a freak sundae -- or what Ferriera called “a sugar rush.”
Their creation included gummy worms, cotton candy, M&Ms and a chocolate chip cookie.
“This is unbelievable. It cures your sweet tooth," Joy said.
The ice cream was their treat after a big workout at Planet Fitness. "This is our lunch," she said.
Before taking over the Cream & Sugar Cafe, which was previously called Square Creamery, owner Alyce Kallman had worked as a beautician.
"I have a 7-year-old, and I wanted to work in a kid-friendly place where my daughter can be with me,” said Kallman, a Newtown resident.
Aside from its 36 flavors of ice cream, the cafe also sells coffee, tea, crepes, candy and pastries.
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