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Ice cream and chocolate with Swiss chalet charm

Sarah McLachlan may think that love is better than ice cream, but if she ever visits Zwahlen’s Ice Cream and Chocolate Company, she may change her tune.

Zwahlen’s is in Audubon, Pa., so the drive from campus is about 20 minutes. For someone in the mood for ice cream or chocolate, the drive is definitely worth it.

Although tucked behind a WaWa in a busy plaza, Zwahlen’s exudes Swiss chalet charm. The slanted roof hangs low over window boxes and crates of blue flowers.

Inside, wooden rafters, tables and chairs warm up the space. Butter-yellow walls boast a painted family tree, complete with leaves.

A family portrait rests on the mantel over a large fireplace, and skis adorn the doorways.

The main attraction is, of course, the food. Belgian waffles scent the air. Glass cases display rows of handmade chocolates, caramel apples and chocolate-dipped pretzels and marshmallows.

Zwahlen’s ice cream is just hard enough to be dipped, and so thick that it is technically custard.

Three flavors, chocolate, vanilla and the flavor of the day are offered. All the flavors are rich and delicious.

Some flavors of the day include fresh peach, banana chocolate chip and butter brickle, a caramel ice cream with toffee bits. A monthly schedule of flavors is posted on the store’s website, www.zwahlens.com.

Prices are average, with a child’s cone at $1.89 and an Apfel Crisp (an apple crisp) a la mode at $5.00.

Just a tip, servings are so large that a child would have to be very hungry to finish the child’s cone, and the Apfel Crisp could feed three people.

Zwahlen’s is open from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on week days and until 11:00 p.m. on weekends.

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