Oink’s Dutch Treat
- 227 W. Buffalo Street
- New Buffalo, MI 4911
- (269) 469-3535
- No Known Website
It is J’s birthday, so we can’t leave New Buffalo without finding some ice cream somewhere.
After we left Four Winds, we started back towards the Interstate. J asked if we passed an ice cream shop somewhere. I remembered seeing one downtown, but when we got there, it was closed. I continued up the road to the beach because I wanted to take a picture. While I was doing that, J used a combo of her GPS and her iPhone to find a new ice cream place. We found one not too far away, so we went to see if it was open.
Oink’s Dutch Treat is on Buffalo Street southwest of Barker Street not too far from downtown New Buffalo. The building looks like an old Quonset Hut and there are newspaper clippings inside that show it used to be a hamburger joint. The front part of the building is the ice cream joint. The back part, with a separate entrance, is a chocolate shop.
The ice cream joint is filled with knickknacks relating to ice cream and pigs. The ceiling is covered with old ice cream scoopers and there is an array of old home-made ice cream machines. There really isn’t one square inch of space that isn’t covered with something. Some would call it charm. Some would call it clutter. It just depends on your outlook on things.
The ice cream is in cases in the middle of the small space and it features creations from Sherman’s Finest Ice Cream out of South Haven. There are a few tables against the outer wall and during warmer times, there is an outdoor patio that butts up to Buffalo Street.
I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy, so I just got a boring vanilla milkshake. The shakes only come in one size. It’s a pretty large 24 oz sizing. The ice cream was really good. It had a great vanilla bean flavor to it. The shake was thick, but not thick enough I couldn’t get it up the straw. For getting something as boring as a vanilla milkshake, I was pretty happy with the selection.
As usual, J’s a little more adventurous than I am. She got a waffle cone with a half scoop of Mackinaw Island Fudge and a half scoop of Yellow Cake Batter. The half scoops were each pretty large and she loved the ice cream. She didn’t give much insight on what was in either flavor. She just ate it all up with a huge smile on her face.
Oink’s Dutch Treat was a good stop. The ice cream was fantastic, but it was very expensive. Our two treats cost $10.25. The shake alone was $5.25. It’s one of those places where you really pay for the premium ice cream. I’m not saying it’s a bad value. I’m just saying it’s not something I could do everyday if I lived there. Since we only visit occasionally, it is something I can crave and look forward to.