The label on the tub of ice cream said “Cookies Galore”. And with that, Candy’s Creamery in Geneva’s Mill Creek subdivision sold me.
The Ice Cream Shop at 39W250 Herrington Blvd. in a small commercial strip that serves the subdivision and surrounding area has been open for about nine weeks.
It is, of course, the only ice cream shop in Mill Creek, seeking to create a type of neighborhood or “convenience store” for adults and children to stop by by car, bike or on foot.
Owner Candy Bengson and her family hope to attract more customers from outside Mill Creek.
Evan Bengson picks up ice cream from a tub for customers at Candy’s Creamery in Geneva.
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“It was difficult” to set up the business after a year of research, including the equipment and ingredients needed to make homemade ice cream, gelato and other treats.
Bengson has a lot of positives in the business, where her husband Tim and sons Ethan, 21; Eva, 18 years old; and Ian, 16, represent the work team of the family business.
“We love living here in Mill Creek,” Candy said. “And we wanted to do something here in Geneva, and at that time we wanted Mill Creek to have more commercial spots open.”
Candy and Tim looked for spots in downtown Geneva in June 2021, but ultimately didn’t want to compete with Kilwin’s or Graham’s. Not because they didn’t feel their measured ice (believe me, they did), but rather because they wanted to be where they and their neighbors lived.
“One night I told my husband that we should just take a drive and look at the market, and we turned the corner and saw this place,” Candy said. “We knew this was the place (part of a former dance studio) and we made the phone call and we’re there.”
It’s a sweet choice for the family and for those who stop in for ice cream, dairy-free and gluten-free fruit whips or Italian gelato, as well as other goodies.
“Every day I get new families stopping by, and especially Mill Creek,” Candy noted. “But we’re trying to get the word out for others to come and try.”
Favorite ice cream flavors so far have been Cookies ‘n Cream, Cookie Dough, and Cookies Galore, a combination of the two aforementioned flavors. The store is peanut-free, with only pralines and cream with a hint of nuts. And the spoon used for this flavor is not used for others.
“We’re experimenting with a lot of flavors,” said Ethan, who along with brothers Evan and Ian serves customers and takes on other duties. Evan does most of the “concocted flavors” in the back room with the ice cream maker, Ethan noted.
“When my friends pass by, they tell me to try a certain flavor or do this or that, and one of them suggested the combination of Cookies ‘n Cream and Cookie Dough,” he added. “We are experimenting and trying different things if we have a bit left over from our batches.”
Candy Bengson serves customers at the family’s new ice cream shop, Candy’s Creamery in the Mill Creek subdivision.
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These small batches each produce about 24 pints of ice cream, which are stored in the freezers to be sold as cones or bowls, or as gallons, pints or pints.
“We don’t have to make ice cream every day, which is fine, but everything is fresh in our freezer and we’re constantly expanding inventory,” Candy said.
Especially for Candy, the shop represents the continuation of a family tradition, as her father operated an ice cream shop when she was growing up in Yonkers, New York.
“That’s what really made me want to do this,” said Candy, who met her husband in St. Louis and moved to that area after taking a job at Kellogg’s.
“We used to make gelato in New York, and the gelato in that area wasn’t what I grew up with,” she said. “So I use the cups like they do in New York.”
His family was worried that no one here knew how to use the squeeze cup. “We’ll have to teach them,” Candy said. “Also, there’s a lot of people here from New York or New Jersey, so they know. They just say, ‘I don’t need a spoon.'”
After trying a few samples at Candy’s Creamery, I quickly realized the salted caramel was my favorite.
When my son visited last weekend, I gave him a taste and he summed it up quite accurately, “Well, that could be addicting.”
A customer at the store last week said to Candy, “I hope you never leave here. She won’t be the last to say it or think it after a visit to Candy’s Creamery.
More beef soon
Beef Shack continues its expansion in the area, this time opening a second Elgin store at 2300 N. Randall Road.
But what caught my eye was that Beef Shack CEO Daniel Perillo and his team are aiming for an October opening for the new Beef Shack at 2015 W. Main St. in St. Charles, corner southeast of Main and Randall Road.
The company also plans to open five new locations in the western suburbs of Chicago in 2023.
Anyone who’s had the cheesy beef sandwiches at Beef Shack has a general idea of why my mouth is watering just writing this note.
The company closed its St. Charles location just east of the planned new location more than a year ago, and Chum’s Shrimp Shack, another great fast-casual restaurant at 2115 W. Main St., has resumed. this place.
Keep the danger away from the streets
A reader recently sent in a note about seeing street racing happening in St. Charles.
For those unfamiliar with street racing, it’s basically an illegal gathering of young people (usually) who have organized a race via social media or racing websites, and they use the streets of the city to do so.
These unauthorized and illegal car races have been going on for years, but they are getting more and more noticed lately.
After all, it’s a common theme on some video games at the same time that social media is full of street racing clubs and posts.
Chicago news outlets reported a few weeks ago that police were dealing with a street race one night right in the middle of the Loop.
We also noticed that street racing was an integral part of a storyline about a serious accident and injury in an episode of the popular TV drama “The Resident.” This tells me that it is gaining popularity with young people and others are taking notice.
I haven’t been able to get in touch with an officer from the St. Charles Police Department after leaving a few messages, which hopefully means it’s not a major problem in town.
Linda St. John, administrative assistant at the Geneva Police Department, confirmed that this has not been a problem in Geneva, but residents are wise to be vigilant if they see cars racing on the streets of the city. .
“Absolutely, people should let the police know if they see anything like this,” St. John said. “As far as I know, and I hate to say it because as soon as you say something, it happens. But so far in Geneva, we haven’t had any of those situations.”
People who drive to downtown Chicago occasionally see it, but St. John notes, “So far that’s not happening here and hopefully it stays that way.”
My wife messaged me on Facebook about the suggestions people were making for those who didn’t know what to do with the old trophies and plaques in their homes.
I thought it was an idea for an article in this column, but my wife quickly corrected that idea, saying, “No, it’s up to you to figure out what to do with your trophies.”
Ah, yes, what a good sense of humor she has. It’s one of the things I love about her. The idea of me getting rid of my trophies is worthy of a good laugh.
But wait, she was serious. I had to let her know that it was a better idea to share than to actually act on myself at the time.
Columnist Dave Heun wonders what to do with all his old softball trophies.
– Courtesy of Dave Heun
I have a ton of softball trophies, I was lucky enough to be pretty good at it, and I have a group of friends who were even better.
Still, it’s an interesting question. Can you recycle them or should you just throw them away at some point? This is a question best suited for those who want to solve this problem in their lifetime and want to clear things out of the house. It’s definitely a good thing for a spouse or family member looking at a ton of trophies after someone dies.
In the Facebook note, some suggested contacting a trophy store, as some will take old trophies and reuse them for underfunded programs. Boys and Girls Clubs or programs with special needs can usually use them. The Salvation Army or Goodwill are also options worth investigating.
The intent was to potentially eliminate my trophies, but the idea behind repurposing them is definitely worth sharing.