It was a dark and stormy summer night when the appetite for ice cream came calling. We just so happened to be in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati, a perfect opportunity to try out the legendary Loveland Dairy Whip.

Located in the center of town, this historic creamy whip first opened over the July 4th weekend in 1955. Proudly serving some of the highest quality soft serve in the tri-state, the LDW (as known by the locals) uses a blend from Dairyman's that keeps customers coming back for more. The noticably distict taste reminded us of custard, with its thick consistency and rich flavor.

Loveland Dairy Whip has a generous menu of tasty treats, but what makes them unique is the variety of parfaits. With over a dozen to choose from, each comes layered with vanilla soft serve paired with fruit, fudge, and any combination of other toppings. Finishing them off was the customary whipped cream and a cherry.

We decided to ignore the healthier fruit options and ordered a cookies n' cream parfait and a brownie parfait. Cookies n' Cream came layered with crumbled Oreos and hot fudge served in a traditional parfait cup. The Brownie Parfait came dished in a half-pound deli-container-- a tub! No complaints here -- it was decadently indulgent and the portion size exceeded what you'd expect for the price. The teenagers working the counter recommended we try the Cake Batter Dip Top for our next visit (we came back, tried it, and loved it!)

One feature came in handing during the evening downpour: the drive-thru window. Loveland Dairy Whip has ample parking for their walk-up window, but also accommodates folks with a drive-thru lane for those in a hurry (or trying to stay dry.) ProTip: Be sure to turn off your wipers so you don't splash the employees.

With one-of-a-kind texture and flavor, eccentric dip top creations and the only parfait selection in Cincinnati, I plan on visiting the LDW and their tub-sized desserts many more times this summer to get my gluttony on.

Loveland Dairy Whip is located at:
611 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, Ohio 45140