In honor of the Scooperbowl, happening at Gillette this weekend, we’ve decided to revisit the massive sundae that was New England’s top ice cream treat of the ’80s.
So what was New England’s Top Ice Cream Treat of the ’80s?
The Jim Dandy from Friendly’s.
New England’s Top Ice Cream of the 80s. At least I think so.
Ah, the 80s—a time of big hair, neon spandex, and outrageous ice cream concoctions.
And at the epicenter of that sugary revolution stood Friendly’s Jim Dandy, a treat that could make even Ferris Bueller ditch school.
Grab your Walkman and leg warmers, because we’re about to revisit a creamy, calorie-filled LEGEND.
A Brief History of Friendly’s:
Before we immerse ourselves in ice cream misadventures, let’s take a moment to reflect on Friendly’s history. Founded in 1935, this New England institution became a sanctuary for families seeking Fribbles and Fishamajigs.
The 80s were a time when Friendly’s reign was unchallenged, between their patty melts Strawberry Royales.
But let’s talk about The Jim Dandy.
Oh, it was the MOUNT EVEREST of ice cream. It loomed before you, waiting to be conquered. And there you were, at base camp, ready to take on the frozen tundra that was FIVE SCOOPS OF ICE CREAM.
My friends Kerry and Liz, like helpful Sherpas, would join me on this expedition – quite often. I contend my love of Jim Dandys were the reason I didn’t get asked to the prom.
But do I regret it? NOPE.
The thing came with TWO bananas and every topping you could dream of. And dang, did we hork it down with wild abandon.
Fast forward to today.
A Scoop Conspiracy
Prepare yourselves, people.
It seems Friendly’s has fallen victim to the notorious “scoop skimp,” a betrayal of epic proportions.
The Jim Dandy was once a proud five-scoop tower of frozen glory. Now? Diminished to a mere three scoops! How could they do this to us? Is this their revenge for us abusing their jukebox with endless renditions of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”? Friendly’s, you broke our hearts more than Molly Ringwald rejecting Ducky in Pretty in Pink.
But fear not, fellow chubs!
New England still harbors sanctuaries of generous portions. Here are five legendary establishments that have managed to preserve the spirit of 80s ice cream decadence:
- Kimball Farm, Westford: Known for their obscene sundaes, this legendary Massachusetts ice cream destination takes indulgence to a whole new level. Piled high with multiple scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and an assortment of toppings, this sundae is a true marvel of decadence.
- Four Seas Ice Cream, Centerville: Don’t let its quaint appearance fool you; Four Seas Ice Cream packs a punch when it comes to their massive sundaes. Get one with a generous array of flavors, sauces, nuts, and a cherry on top, providing a delightful challenge for even the most dedicated ice cream lovers.
- Richardson’s Ice Cream, Middleton: Prepare yourself for the extravaganza at Richardson’s Ice Cream. This behemoth creation features an assortment of flavors, chocolate sauce, caramel drizzle, whipped cream, and an assortment of toppings that will leave you in awe. It’s a sundae fit for a champion.
- Cabot’s Ice Cream & Restaurant, Newton: The Newtonite Sundae isdessert that will take your taste buds on a delicious expedition. With its towering combination of ice cream, sauces, nuts, and sprinkles, this sundae is a true masterpiece that will satisfy even the most insatiable sweet tooth.
- Bedford Farms Ice Cream, Bedford: Prepare for an ice cream adventure! This jaw-dropping creations features multiple scoops of ice cream, an assortment of toppings, whipped cream, and a cherry on top, making it a sight to behold and an absolute delight to devour.