Review: 11-year-old’s ice cream shop a hit

Scoop of ParadICE is located not far from campus on South Adams Street. Photo by Chante Coleman

It’s no secret that summers in Tallahassee are hot. If you’re looking for a way to escape the heat, Madison’s Scoop of ParadICE is the perfect place to do it.

Located at 1205 South Adams St., with its very bright and colorful paint job, the building is easy to spot from the intersection of FAMU Way and South Adams Street.

The ice cream shop’s name was inspired by its owner, 11-year-old entrepreneur Madison B. When she was 10 years old, Madison pitched the idea and vision for the shop to her parents, who helped bring her ideas to life.

On April 3, her dream officially became a reality with the grand opening of Madison’s Scoop of ParadICE.

It is not your average ice cream shop. It offers a wide selection of sweet treats. From soft serve to shaved ice and even funnel cakes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

I had the opportunity to visit the shop with a couple of friends and I had a great time. When we entered, it was not busy, so we didn’t have to wait long to be helped by the friendly staff.

Singing along to the music playing in the shop also helped pass the time. However, I should have spent less time singing and more time reading the menu to decide what I wanted.

When I first looked at the menu, I was a bit overwhelmed because I had to decide what type of frozen treat I wanted, then I had to choose a flavor. It offers more than 30 flavors of shaved ice, 15 flavors of Italian ice, and 12 different flavors of ice cream.

All of the frozen treats’ flavors ranged from the typical straightforward flavors, like vanilla and strawberry, to more exotic and rare combinations, like red velvet and banana pudding.

As someone who has a hard time making up my mind, making the final decision seemed almost impossible. Lucky for me, they allow you to “try before you buy,” so it was easier to decide on a flavor.

After trying a few flavors, I went with the small strawberry cheesecake hand-dipped ice cream.  For around $5, I received two very generous scoops on a waffle cone and it was delicious. The best part was the chunks of cheesecake that were mixed in.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Madison’s Scoop of ParadICE and I plan to revisit to try more flavors in the future. The atmosphere was very inviting. I definitely recommend checking it out.