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Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe serves scoops of history

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Find a smorgasbord of 22 flavors at the world’s last remaining Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

Ice cream fountain and counter at Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Lafayette, Louisiana

Photo: Kathy Witt Ice cream fountain and counter, Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe, Lafayette, La.

Built originally in 1940 as Borden’s Ice Cream Parlor, the landmark is now a worldwide one. It keeps the old-timey look and ambience with cherry red booths, a tin ceiling and gleaming counter.

“I feel very lucky I was chosen to save this gem,” said Kackie Lerille, who has owned the business for nine years. “It’s a cool little building.”

So cool in fact that, during its remodeling a few years ago, the locals came in droves to clock progress and leave thank-you notes of appreciation and good luck trinkets to help ensure the shop’s success.

Today, groups visit Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe throughout the year. In fact, Lerille said the shop averages three coaches or more each week.

“I never would have thought in a million years it would be this busy,” she said.

Times of Acadiana religiously names the ice cream parlor to its list of the area’s best businesses, including last year.

While there are no tours, there is plenty of history and atmosphere and lots of tempting flavors — pistachio, coffee, cotton candy, birthday cake and black walnut, along with staples chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Sherbet is offered in lime, pineapple and orange.

The signature specialty? The Gold Brick Sundae. This luscious concoction is a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in Gold Brick Topping — a gooey mélange of pecan pieces in creamy milk chocolate. When melted, this decadent flourish made by Ponchatoula, Louisiana-based Elmer Chocolate, hardens on ice cream. Whipped cream and a cherry finish off the shop’s star dessert.

Motorcoach parking is plentiful on-site. 

For more information, call 337-235-9291 or visit bordensicecreamshoppe.com.

Article by Kathy Witt

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