Epworth Ice Cream

what: Epworth Ice Cream — Original Peanut Butter

cost: $6.49

where: Crave Specialty Market, 2843 Millwood Avenue

Step outside on a hot summer day in Columbia and it feels like you’re walking through soup. It can take as little as a half-block stroll before you start sweating buckets. Looking for some sweet relief? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream — and Columbia’s got a brand new one to scoop out.

Epworth’s Original Peanut Butter takes me back to childhood days, sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Skippy’s creamy peanut butter directly out of the jar and then slipping it back in the pantry, leaving my family members none the wiser. Epworth’s rich and lustrous, cool and creamy crowd-pleaser perfectly balances the sweet and salty goodness of smooth peanut butter. It’s velvety on the tongue and leaves a pleasant peanutty aftertaste on the palate.

During the Depression, Epworth Children’s Home combined the government surplus peanut butter it was doled out with cream made in its on-property dairy, and a chilled treat was born. Today’s pints are made by Greenwood, a small-batch creamery out of Atlanta that also churns out Clemson’s Best ice cream. In addition to the decades-old peanut butter recipe, Epworth Ice Cream’s current stable of flavors includes vanilla bean, vanilla and chocolate swirl with peanut butter cups, and caramel with caramel-filled chocolate.

Following the Newman’s Own culinary philanthropy model, Epworth pushes 100 percent of after-tax profits from the sale of its ice cream to the Epworth Children’s Home. Grab a pint at Crave Artisan Specialty Market, Fusco’s Market, or The Local Buzz.

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