When it comes to ice cream, the town where I live has more than its fair share of places to indulge. There are three ice cream parlours within walking distance and two of them are within yards of where I live. At times it can be too tempting not to go in when walking passed!
Two of the ice cream parlours have quite a history behind them. Both were started by Italian families around the turn of the twentieth century. The other one opened a few weeks ago and also has an extensive collection of sweets, slushies and other goodies.
Luca’s has been around since 1908 when Luca Scappaticcio and his wife Anastasia opened their first ice cream parlour in Musselburgh. He was born in Cassino, Italy and came over to Scotland in the 1890s.
I remember when I first moved to Musselburgh, the ice cream flavours available at Luca’s was quite limited. There was only Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate. Their ice cream is so well-made I guess they didn’t need to extend the range. Over the past few years though they’ve added a lot of new flavours as well as sorbet. They also make luxury chocolates which make excellent gifts.
Behind the shop there’s a cafe where you can sit in and eat ice cream, including sundaes and other sweet delights. You don’t have to stick with ice cream though as they have plenty of savoury dishes and coffees as well as home-made cakes on the menu. They even do ice cream cakes!
Di Rollo’s ice cream parlour started in Musselburgh in 1899. It was opened by Domenico Di Rollo after he came to Scotland from Roccasecca, a small Italian village near Cassino. Seems like Cassino was a popular place for emigrating to Musselburgh!
They’ve always had a wide array of ice cream flavours to choose from. I remember that in contrast to Luca’s. Di Rollo’s ice cream is very moreish and creamy. They also have sorbets and a huge selection of chocolates. I always love going into see the delights they have on offer.
At the back of Di Rollo’s shop there’s a small seating area where you can sit in and enjoy ice cream with a coffee. They don’t have a restaurant but that’s okay. It’s nice just to go there and sit for a while away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
Sweet Haven is the new kid on the block in Musselburgh but it’s already become a firm favourite in our household. They have a mountain of different ice cream and sorbet flavours. Not only that but they also have loads of sweets to choose from. Many of them are oldy-worldy and take me back a few years.
The kids love the place because they do slushies and sweets that they haven’t seen anywhere else. You can also buy tubes of Millions and Jelly Belly beans. It feels almost overwhelming for my kids when they go in there because there’s so much to choose from. Their eyes almost cannot believe what they can see.
There’s a seating area in the shop too so you can eat your ice cream inside if you want. They also serve drinks, homemade cakes, sundaes and some amazing cheesecakes. I didn’t think that Musselburgh could take another ice cream parlour but Sweet Haven has already won a place in my wallet.
Do you have any ice cream parlours where you live? What’s your favourite flavour?