For over 30 years, Pinocchio’s Original Homemade Italian Ice Cream has been tickling taste buds on Sanibel Island. Pinocchio’s has won “Best of the Islands-Best Ice Cream” every year since 2004. And they’re on National Geographic’s list of Top 10 Best Ice Creams in Gulf Coast America.
There are 130 different flavors made fresh daily in the store, some with very interesting names: Parrots Nest, Wylie’s Cake Batter, Gator Stew, and Pumpkin Gingersnap. If you’re looking for one of those specific flavors, call ahead. Only 37 flavors are in the freezer every day. With the exception of their signature flavors which you can get all the time: World Famous Sanibel Krunch — vanilla ice cream with toasted chocolate enrobed coconut and gourmet mixed nuts; and Dirty Sand Dollar — caramel ice cream with malted milk balls and chocolate flakes.
We did what most visitors do – after taking a bike ride to the Sanibel Lighthouse, we stopped at Pinocchio’s for ice cream. On my first visit (yes, we went twice) I tried the Purple Cow — black raspberry with chocolate chips. The second time, I got the Dirty Sand Dollar. Both were excellent. But be sure that your eyes aren’t bigger than your stomach. Portions at Pinocchio’s are huge. A kiddie portion was the perfect size for me. It equaled a large single scoop at any other ice cream parlor. Also, Pinocchio’s only serves their ice cream in their own gourmet waffle cones or bowls, no sugar cones here. And each order is topped off with an animal cracker.
So, take a break from the beach, the biking, the shelling, the sand, fishing and golf and dig into a scoop or two of Pinocchio’s ice cream. The perfect end to your perfect day (or days) on Sanibel Island.
Dates of Visit: October 2012
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