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. 

Briarpatch

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I was down in Florida visiting for Mother’s Day (yup, I’m a nice daughter), and while my time was limited, my parents are always ok to tag along with me for some food stops. I also need to mention that it was in the mid 90’s, so it was 100% ice cream weather. So, I stopped by one of my childhood favorites, Briarpatch in Winter Park. 

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They’ve been operating for over 30 years, serving contemporary American fare and homemade ice creams with local, fresh ingredients. I’ve dined for brunch before, and the food is very good, but most times, I’m there for the ice cream.

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I ordered Bourbon Corn Flake. Their ice cream is really creamy and rich, but not very thick, more of a silky texture. It has a very light bourbon flavor, but just enough to give you the idea. There are also tiny little pieces of the corn flakes mixed in, but more of an added light flavor to the ice cream, almost like cereal milk. There were chunks of, what I think were, cookie pieces, potentially Snickerdoodle? I can’t be for certain, and probably should have asked, but was too excited to just eat my ice cream. Either way, it was delicious. 

The Shorts:
Name: Briarpatch
Location: 252 Park Avenue North, Winter Park, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, I’ve been going for many years now, so, I think the answer is yes.
Would I recommend it? For sure. They have some very classic flavors, and then some more out of the box to choose from. Some are rotating, so, I can’t guarantee you can get them in the future, but there was also a Churro flavor ice cream that was a top contender for my choice.