Jack Frost serves up summertime ice cream for 40 years

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Hungry Hound: Jack Frost (WLS)

We all have our favorite spot for ice cream in the summertime. And for the past 40 years, residents in southwest suburban Oak Forest have visited Jack Frost for icy cold sundaes, cones and shakes.

It's hard not to have a smile on your face when you're sitting on one of the covered tables out in front of Jack Frost. Looking like a tiny alpine ski hut, the Oak Forest legend has remained popular, thanks to its remarkable soft serve, and an emphasis on using good vanilla and chocolate.

"The chocolate, that is more of a milk chocolate instead of a dark chocolate, and when you bring it together in a twist it's probably one of our biggest sellers," said co-owner Peggy Wright.

There's quite a bit more than cones, including a creation called a "Blitz."

"Comes in four sizes, and it's our soft serve blended with a stir-in. We have over 20 different stir-ins to choose from," she said.

The peanut butter cup is a personal favorite, by the way. If you're more of a sundae person, the options are pretty extensive. Most begin with a little chocolate syrup or caramel in the bottom of the cup.

"The Dirty Bear is a vanilla soft serve with chocolate syrup, Oreos and gummi bears; it's our version of a dirt worm sundae," said Wright. "The s'more has vanilla with a liquid marshmallow and chocolate syrup topping and graham crackers. And it's topped off with more mini marshmallows."

You could even go big - like a mammoth banana split. Either way, the seasonal business has been a fun one for wright and her husband, dale, who've owned it for the past 15 years, keeping it a vital part of the local community.

"It's a very happy environment and the kids like it and it's very nice," she said.

Jack Frost is not open year round, they close on Labor Day, which means just a couple of weeks left to enjoy a taste of nostalgia.

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A demonstration of Jack Frost's famous dipped cones.

Jack Frost
5329 159th St.
Oak Forest, Ill.
(708) 687-5533
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