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Scoop Deck

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If you are ever on vacation up in Wells, Maine, I suggest stopping by this little ice cream place called Scoop Deck. They have so many different varieties and flavors. They can check on their allergen list and tell you what might contain gluten. This establishment is cash only, so make sure you have some on hand. The staff was very knowledgeable when it came to my order. They are all trained really well. They were able to wash and get a new scoop, and changed their gloves, however they were not allowed to open to a new tub of ice cream. Instead they made sure to scoop from an untouched side. They also offer gluten free ice cream cones. They have such a cute back area for the little kids to enjoy as well as picnic tables both in the shade and sun. I think this a great little gem to stop at!

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Cones on the Common~

What’s better than having ice cream for dinner!? Absolutely nothing, ok maybe a few things, but from a child’s point of view…ice cream for dinner is a win, especially on a hot summer day!

I am always super picky about ice cream places and trying to find a place that will accommodate those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Most places don’t offer gluten free ice cream options, and if they do there is a huge chance and little precaution taken to ensure no cross contamination.

So let’s skip again to a nice, hot summer day and this Mama doesn’t feel like cooking one bit! My husband looked up online a few places in the area, because we also didn’t want to drive too far for ice cream after a long day in the pool. The first few places said that they offer gluten free items, however everything they use is shared equipment and they can’t really declare it as gluten free.

My husband saw this place online a town over from us called Cones on the Common in Grafton, MA. He called and they said they offered many gluten free flavors and could accommodate those with celiac! So off we went!

Let me tell you, I have lived in Massachusetts my entire life and always one town away from Grafton and I could not believe I have never heard or seen this quaint little place! When we pulled up it was literally right on the common and had a cute little shop attached to it! If you have ever been to Cape Cod and have gone to those cute, little ice cream places …this is exactly what it looked like! I loved the nostalgia. It made me feel as though we just zipped to a quick getaway for the afternoon. The employee said that during the summer, most of the time you will find musicians playing on the common, so many people come grab and ice cream and relax the rest of the night!

When you walk into the ice cream shop, they have a stand that shows all the gluten free flavors and the best part is they even have two different kinds of gluten free cones! The girl was so nice and showed me everything that was offered. All the ice cream there is homemade from Maine and sent there. I told her about my celiac disease and that I needed gluten free. She made sure to change her gloves and get a different scoop in case it had touched my kid’s cones.
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The ice cream tasted AMAZING!!! Word of advice though this shop is CASH ONLY! I am glad we called first though before stopping in, because like most people nowadays we rarely ever carry cash on us.Having to pay cash only, however does bring back some memories of old times! The portion size even for a child’s ice cream was also amazing! For about 4 big ice creams, and gluten free ice cream it came to about $18 total. I think it’s a pretty fair price! Overall I would rate this place a 10/10

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Outshine!!!

I recently came upon the brand outshine and have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this product! I took a leap and purchase the fruit bars and popsicles at my local Market 32. There is so much to love about this brand.

I have been looking for alternatives as summer quickly approaches. I admit that I am a huge ice cream fan. I pretty much spent last summer indulging in so many gluten free ice cream cones and creamy, chocolate ice cream! I needed however this year to find a healthier alternative, that is also dye free for my son!

Outshine offers frozen fruit bars, popsicles, yogurt bars, cream bars, half dipped bars, and kids fruit and veggie bars! I have only tried the frozen fruit bars and popsicles. Their products are made with real fruit and or real fruit juice. It lists that there are no GMO ingredients, a wonderful source of vitamin c and no high fructose corn syrup. All the colors are added from natural sources and its also gluten free! Their brand denotes that this goes for all of their products except for the coconut bars, I believe.

My kids absolutely fell in love with this brand. It hit the spot on a hot day we just had. I loved the taste of the fruit juice, as did my children. In some of the fruit bars, you will find pieces of fruit which we also loved. I enjoyed the different varieties that came in each package. My favorites were the strawberry and grape. I would give the fruit bars, and posicles a 10/10 for flavor, ingredients, and packaging. I would highly recommend trying this brand out!