Boy, as soon as the mercury hits 65 degrees, everyone thinks it’s summer. Just this morning, I saw a story on WLNS.com about ice cream shops opening up…in February! My day was spent barbecuing so I guess I’m not any better. After dinner, J suggested we go get ice cream. Heck, this might be our only chance at sixty degrees for a couple months yet so let’s take advantage of it.
Twisters Soft Serve Ice Cream has two locations in Lansing. The original is on South Waverly. The second location and the one closest to us is on South Cedar Street right next to Taco Bell. The building is a drive-thru only structure with a little patio area set up out front if you choose to get out of the car and order at the window.
It was a nice night, but not nice enough to eat ice cream outside, so we hit up the drive thru. When you first enter the driveway, there’s a menu board on the side of the building. It’s not lit up and J had a hard time reading it from the passenger seat, so we drove around to the order speaker. Again, no light on the menu board and J couldn’t make out most of what it said. I went with my normal ice cream treat, a peanut butter cup Flurry. J eventually gave up and ordered the same thing. We each got a medium Flurry for a cost of $7 for the two of them.
We drove up to the window to pay. The first Flurry came up right away. The ice cream was sticking out of the top of the cup with visible chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. The second Flurry took another five minutes. I couldn’t really see into the window due to posters covering the glass, but I what I could see was another guy that looked like he was fixing one of the soft serve machines. There was only one kid working on making the ice cream and he walked around the corner, so I’m guessing the machines he would usually use were on the fritz and that’s what took a little more time. The second Flurry didn’t have nearly as much ice cream. I had already given the first one to J so I couldn’t take it back. I took the one with less ice cream.
The ice cream tasted just like everyone else’s soft serve. It was good and had a lot of candy pieces in it. J thought it was better than most places because the ice cream was more compacted, but not hard. There were no air pockets in the cup, but the ice cream maintained the soft, creamy texture. I think she was really wanting to try the Flavor Burst ice cream and seeing now that they had Flavor Burst yogurt, I wish we could have read the menu a little bit better.
Twisters is just down the street from where we live, but Dairy Dan is actually closer and that’s where we usually go. We’ve driven by Twisters for a year now and never thought of stopping. The story on WLNS about opening for the year is what drew us in. For a couple weeks now, we had been looking for ice cream shops at night, but realized no one was open. I’m glad Twisters was open on this unseasonably warm day. It was a bright spot in a pretty drab winter…even if it is just for one day.