When prospects arrive at Trailside Treats Creamery in Goshen, odds are they’ll discover proprietor Paul Corey within the again whipping up the day’s ice cream and different frozen treats himself, bringing the tastes of the American South and the kinds of Italy to the Hudson Valley.
Situated on a block-long facet road off Goshen’s fundamental drag, Trailside Treats conjures the picture of a peaceable rural trip: It resides in a blue home with an ordering window on the primary flooring and a patio that’s perched alongside the doorway to the Heritage Path.
The shop has 5 ice cream machines, so Corey circulates 5 flavors at a time, all the time experimenting and listening to prospects when it comes time to modify up their rotation. “You gotta be my ears,” he regularly tells the staff up entrance, who take down buyer options and share them with Corey. Their pralines and cream taste was impressed by one such interplay.
Corey, who grew up in Goshen, arrived on the ice cream biz in a roundabout approach. Up till opening Trailside Treats in 2012, he had had a title looking out firm. He purchased the constructing his retailer would sooner or later occupy as an funding, although he wasn’t positive what he would do with it. As he cleaned out the constructing for renovations, he observed the quantity of individuals passing by alongside the Heritage Path. “I had all the time considered [starting] an ice cream stand—it’s all the time been [in] the again of my thoughts as one thing I may see myself doing,” Corey says. The high-foot site visitors location motivated him to start out researching the enterprise.
When he first opened, he purchased pre-made ice cream, however fairly quickly began making his personal Italian ice, selfmade ice cream, and—new for the 2023 season—gelato. Corey focuses on innovation, always studying and attempting new issues. “Any product that goes out our window I need to be the very best high quality,” Corey says.
Generally, his curiosity results in serendipitous presents. Corey and his accomplice, Denise Guion, journey through the off season, exploring the southern United States in an RV. (Their travels have impressed flavors like butter pecan.) Corey wished to have the ability to experiment with new flavors whereas on the highway, so he scoured the web for an ice cream machine sufficiently small to slot in the RV. The outcome? Two gelato makers imported from Italy that now sit within the Trailside Treats kitchen through the season. The machines churn the gelato constantly, eradicating the fats and leaving the product smoother and creamier than many American-made gelatos. Trailside Treats serves it straight from the machine, the place it’s churned up till the final second.
The gelato sundaes are a can’t-miss merchandise. The important thing lime pie sundae is made out of key lime gelato on a mattress of graham cracker crumbs and topped with whipped cream, whereas the strawberry cheesecake sundae has the identical graham cracker base and is swirled with strawberries.
Trailside Treats all the time combines artistic flavors and toppings: Their cappuccino fudge crunch ice cream will get its crunch from chopped almonds, and their vanilla gentle serve may be become a sundae topped with Nutella and freshly baked churros. Corey additionally bakes the waffle cones and the cookies they use in ice cream sandwiches in-house. Along with ice cream, they serve milkshakes, root beer floats, and ice cream sodas, together with a pineapple float made with pineapple soda and Dole Whip.
As one other summer time kicks off within the Hudson Valley, enterprise has soared previous even pre-pandemic ranges, and the group has nothing however reward for the shop. They have been even named the very best small native enterprise by Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt in June 2021. However like so many different locations, they have been required to get artistic through the pandemic. They created an internet ordering portal and curbside supply service, which has remained a preferred approach for purchasers to order, and helped Trailside Treats keep away from some ice cream retailer pitfalls. For instance, when it’s raining prospects can benefit from the ice cream store expertise from their heat, dry automobiles. Corey admits he may by no means have considered it with out COVID, however they plan to maintain it round. “It’s added one other outlet with out including onto the constructing,” Corey says.
The shop’s ingredient purveyors stay Corey’s secret; his recipes are the priceless outcomes of trial and error. However he’s open about his cooking philosophy. “I’m always engaged on bettering the substances. I steer clear of synthetic substances and flavorings. I attempt to preserve every little thing we do as pure as potential,” he says. The shop’s cappuccino ice cream, for instance, is flavored with actual espresso.
Clients couldn’t discover an ice cream retailer extra dedicated to serving them the highest quality and finest tasting merchandise. So after your subsequent stroll on the Heritage Path, cease in and be among the first to attempt Trailside Treats gelato. The shop is open seven days every week from 12pm to 9:30pm.