Rocket Fizz

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Soda Pop and Candy Shop. Sounds fun, right? Well, it is. I’m not a soda drinker, but if I see “candy shop”, I’m in. While visiting Orlando, FL, I passed by Rocket Fizz in Winter Park and had to stop in to check it out. 

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Living in NYC, I had no idea that this chain was so expansive, covering over a dozen states around the country. But, none in New York, which is why I was unfamiliar with the franchise. So, I got familiar. Walking in, all around the room you’ll find loads of different nostalgic candy, international candy, unique sodas in bottles and cans, and lots of quirky signs and novelty items.

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They have, what seems like, a mile long display of different salt water taffies, which I really love. Not all the time, but there’s something really great about a salt water taffy as a treat. Their variety is insane, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

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I got together a nice little baggie of some flavors that I haven’t had before, which included: Blueberry Muffin, Cotton Candy, Apple Pie, Gingerbread, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate Caramel Mocha, Banana Cream Pie, Cinnamon Roll, Frosted Cupcake, Caramel Corn, Caramel Cheesecake, S’Mores, Strawberry Cheesecake, Molasses, and Huckleberry. Boom. 

The Shorts:
Name: Rocket Fizz
Location: 520 South Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, they have so many different items, it’s fun to just even do a walk through to check out the variety of novel treats.
Would I recommend it? For sure. They have mainstream candies, as well as unique finds, with a little something for everyone. And, if you’re a soda fan, this is definitely for you. 

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Ice & Vice

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Alright, so, everyone keeps saying that Spring is on the way, so, I’ll just go ahead and believe them, even though it’s still 30-40 degrees in NYC. Still, if it’s cold outside, it doesn’t really stop me from eating frozen treats. Especially delicious and unique frozen treats. Ice & Vice is an experimental ice cream pop-up shop, focusing on small, customized batches, with edgy and ultra-premium ingredients. I visited them at one of their weekly weekend pop-ups at the Brooklyn Night Bizarre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

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They offer a handful of flavors that have some familiar elements, and then test the boundaries, giving you something a bit different and unexpected. Because, you can get a boring pint of plain vanilla ice cream at any grocery store, anywhere. I’m bored. But, can you get Nilgiri Tea Leaf, Lemon Charcoal, Salted Caramel ice cream just anywhere? Exactly. And that’s just one of their flavors. On my most recent visit (yes, I’ve had their ice cream before, and I was back for more…poetic), I had their Love & Hate (root beer ice cream with ginger molasses soil). This was definitely something special. It sort of brought in all the nostalgia of a root beer float, but, with a twist. You immediately taste the root beer in a super smooth and creamy ice cream. Then, you have these little crunchy morsels of ginger molasses, adding texture and a rich sweetness to balance everything out. 

The Shorts:
Name: Ice & Vice
Location: Brooklyn Night Bizarre, 165 Banker Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, their ice creams are really great and they offer unique flavors I haven’t seen anywhere else. 
Would I recommend it? Yes. Step outside your comfort zone and order something different. You’ll thank me later.