Locals dish on their favorite ice cream

VERNON. Dairy Swirl is the first choice of almost half of readers who ranked their favorite ice cream shops.

Vernon /
| 01 Jul 2023 | 11:36

By Molly Colgan and Victoria Hoffmann

Dairy Swirl in Vernon is the coolest spot in town, said nearly half of readers who completed an informal survey recently.

As the summer got under way, 600 readers of various weekly newspapers published by Straus News throughout the tristate area, cast votes for their favorite local ice cream shop.

Here are the results:

• 48 percent of readers who took the survey chose Dairy Swirl, where they opt for everything from caramel pretzel ice cream to Italian ice, milkshakes and soft serve.

The store, which is open year-round, has served customers for more than 32 years.

All of the ice creams are homemade, and owner Roman Czerhoniak says it’s the “heart and dedication” that goes into each batch that makes the ice cream great.

• Readers’ next most-favored ice cream spots were AJ’s Country Cone in Oak Ridge and Sparta Dairy in Sparta.