The Economics of Ice Cream

By: Alex B.

Summer’s just around the corner, and what better way to cool off on a summer day than with some ice cream?

There are three fairly local places to get ice cream in (or, at least, close to) Duxbury: Far Far’s near Benchwarmers, Scoops in Hall’s Corner, and Sunshine Gardens right near Kingsbury Square.

Now, with all these choices, which place should you go? Which place is the most worth visiting? Where will you get your money’s worth? In order to gauge which place had the highest quality ice cream for the best price, I ordered a single scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone at each place.

Far Far’s:

A single scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone at Far Far’s can be purchased for $4.30. The ice cream itself is standard vanilla, but isn’t boring or too plain. There’s plenty of ice cream to go around inside of the cone, filled completely to the bottom. The waffle cone is a standard waffle cone–nothing too extreme. The pricing is fair for the quality and quantity of the ice cream and cone.

Far Far's

Scoops:

A single scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone at Scoops can be purchased for $4.75. Out of all three places, Scoops’ ice cream was the most lackluster. The cone had the least amount of ice cream compared to the other two cones, along with the cone itself being brittle compared to the texture of the other two cones. The quality and quantity make the pricing unreasonable, considering how it is the most expensive out of all three cones.

Scoops

Sunshine Gardens:

A single scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone at Sunshine Gardens can be purchased for $4.33. This cone was the best tasting out of all three. The ice cream was thick, tasted rich, and the cone held the most ice cream compared to the others. The cone wasn’t brittle like the one at Scoops, and was very similar to the one at Far Far’s. The pricing is extremely fair for the quality and quantity of the ice cream.

SG

If you wanted to get your money’s worth of ice cream, I would rank Sunshine Gardens as the number 1 place to go. The ice cream is of a high quality and a high quantity, and not extremely expensive. If you’d rather not take a drive to the Kingston Square, then Far Far’s is almost as good of an alternative, and even a tad bit cheaper for only slightly less good ice cream. If you really have no other place to go, I would say go to Scoops. It may be overpriced, but hey, ice cream is ice cream.

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