Journey: Make a candy cease in Iowa, Illinois – Life-style – Star Courier – Kewanee, IL
This article appears on the September 12th travel page.
When we think of Illinois and Iowa river cities, most of us think of corn, pork, lowlands, and probably not homemade ice cream and chocolates.
Residents of Davenport, Iowa, and across the Mississippi in Moline, Illinois know where the sweet spots are in their cities – Lagomarcino’s, Chocolate Manor, and Whitey’s Ice Cream. Just ask someone and they will tell you where to go for sweetness. However, they likely measure distance to shops in minutes, not miles.
It is said that Lagomarcino’s has “made life sweet” since 1908, and sweetness oozes out at this turn-of-the-century ice cream and patisserie.
The Lagomarcino family has been making homemade ice cream and chocolates for more than 100 years. It’s not just about the sweet desserts – the deli also serves soups, salads and sandwiches. It is a must to try one of Charlie Lagomarcino’s homemade drinks – a Green River or a Lago. It’s something he developed in the 1920s.
Sitting by the authentic soda fountain, those waiting for their sweet treats can watch a seasoned soda fool put all the fixins on the special homemade ice cream.
Lagomarcino’s famous chocolate sauce has a story all of its own. In 1918 the family managed to make chocolate confections and the business grew. A peddler came into the store selling candies and recipes. He sold his hot fudge recipe to the Lagomarcinos for $ 25. Today this recipe is loved by many hot fudge lovers.
Lagomarcino’s was awarded the James Beard America’s Classics Award in 2006. Today the fourth generation continues the family business at two locations. It’s a family effort to keep their communities and those who order online well stocked with decadent chocolates. Chocolate Easter eggs filled with a variety of candy are a huge hit, so often soldiers and women have requested an overseas assignment to make sure their children get one from the bunny. It is a tradition in many families.
The Moline Store is located at 1422 Fifth Ave. and the Davenport Store at 2132 E. 11th St. If you can’t visit, try some chocolates by ordering online at lagomarcinos.com.
Whitey’s ice cream
Whitey’s Ice Cream is a Quad Cities favorite. The name comes from the founder Chester Lindgren’s nickname because of his white blonde hair. He founded the company in Moline in 1933.
He hired 15-year-old Bob Turnberg to help with the business, and eventually Turnberg and his wife, Norma, bought Whitey’s in 1953. The store started expanding into a second store and now to multiple locations.
Whitey’s is known for its extra thick shakes and malts, candy bar shakes, no-sugar ice cream, and chocolate cookie dough ice cream, just to touch a few specialties. The store has won multiple awards and is considered one of the best ice cream parlors in the United States. It offers flavors like banana graham, black raspberry chip, blue moon, Cancun coconut, chewing gum, and Mississippi Mud Revel. View the menu and order online at whiteysicecream.com.
When visiting Chocolate Manor, experts in fine chocolate will find themselves in a dilemma as they can choose from more than 100 delicious chocolates. Chocolate Manor is a sponsor of “eat dessert first”.
The chocolatier at 110 E. Second St. in Davenport has been open for more than 18 years and offers guided tours. The history of chocolate is discussed and of course tourists can enjoy samples from the showcase. Guests on the hands-on tour watch a chocolatier demonstrate how to make something at home. Those on the tour then do something in the Chocolate Manor kitchen. Call ahead for rates and reservations at 563-355-6600. Visit chocolatemanorqc.com for more information.