DODARO: Easy access to Thomas Sweet makes it a convenient, if not perfect, ice cream option for students

Throughout my time at Rutgers, I’ve stopped and grabbed plenty of Thomas Sweet frozen treats, but never decided to write about them until now. Whether it’s changing flavors of homemade ice cream daily or late night and more, Thomas Sweet is definitely the place to satisfy a sweet craving.

After walking through the door, I was immediately greeted by a warm environment with sweet notes floating in the air. I browsed the menu and noticed the plethora of ice cream flavors as well as countless dry and wet toppings. Not only was I impressed with the flavor options, but you can also turn any flavor of ice cream into a shake or chips.

With the server’s help, I decided to try the vegan flavors of black raspberry, chocolate chip cookie dough and dulce de leche ice cream, a chocolate chipwich with cookies and Oreo cream , a marshmallow peanut butter chocolate shake and a cup of vanilla serve. Since I wanted to try as many different ice cream flavors and menu options as possible, I tried to spread out my choices on the menu.

Service was quick and I paid after a short wait. After getting back to my apartment, I immediately opened the bag and dived in for the vegan black raspberry ice cream. Normally I would expect vegan ice cream to have a weird texture and taste, but after the first bite I was pleasantly surprised. The texture was creamy like ice cream and the flavor of the berries had a subtle taste of raspberry candy.

Moving on to the next flavor, I opted for the chocolate chip cookie dough and enjoyed the caramel flavor. I also noticed that there was a good ratio between chocolate chips and ice cream. In the same cup was the flavor of dulce de leche, which happened to be my favorite.

The dulce de leche was recommended to me by the waiter so I knew I had to order it and I’m so glad I did. The vanilla-caramel combination was delicious, and although it was extremely sweet, I found myself craving more with every bite.

The next step was a classic and also happened to be one of my favorites, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Shake. I will say I am normally super impressed but this time the peanut butter was so overwhelming I could barely taste the chocolate and the marshmallow was practically non-existent.

My least favorite had to be the chocolate chipwich with Oreo cookies and cream as the cookies were dry and stale. Overall, the chipwich didn’t quite taste like chocolate chip cookies to begin with. The ice cream also left a lot to be desired as it just tasted like vanilla with no trace of Oreo anywhere.

Finally, I finished with the classic vanilla soft. I will say that compared to many other vanilla apps I have tried in the past, I was once again disappointed. The ice cream itself was more icy than creamy and it tasted like vanilla rather than real vanilla.

As for the prices, I would say Thomas Sweet is overpriced for the quality. Ice cream prices range from around $3.50 to $10. Normally I would expect homemade ice cream to be in this range or a bit more expensive, but I was disappointed with my few choices so I wouldn’t say it was worth it.

One of my favorite aspects of Thomas Sweet, however, are the hours. The ice cream parlor is open from noon to 11 p.m. every day of the week, which is super convenient because I always crave sweets late at night. Its location is another plus as it is right on Easton Avenue.

Overall the service was amazing and quick, but many of the ice cream flavors I tried left a lot to be desired. I will say that the hours and location will definitely keep me coming back, but price and quality are tough compromises. I appreciate the ever-changing homemade flavors, but when it comes to ice cream, I’ve definitely had better. There aren’t many ice cream parlors at Rutgers, so it looks like Thomas Sweet is here to stay.

Francesca Dodaro is a School of Arts and Sciences with a major in English. His column, “Sip it Up,” airs every other Wednesday.

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