By Gary Nager

Despite the recent addition of several very good frozen yogurt places in our area, there still is nothing more delicious to me than Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, located on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., across from Paul R. Wharton High.

Bruster’s, which has consistently been first or second every year it has been open in our annual Reader Survey, has been my favorite ice cream anywhere since I first tried it six years ago.

So, if you need an excuse to visit my favorite ice cream parlor — other than the ever-changing peanut butter and banana flavors (always my favorites) — Bruster’s owners Matt Provenzano and his mom Judy invite you to their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

The bash will again feature a DJ and games all night, plus a costume parade (for kids and adults) at 6:30, followed by Bruster’s Halloween Ice Cream Eating Contest at 7 p.m., where “kids” of all ages can compete in one of three age categories — “Toddler-Kinder,” who have a baby cone-eating contest, 1st grade-6th grade (regular cones) and 7th grade and older (“Brain Freeze”). But come early, as only the first ten participants to sign up in each age group that day will get a chance to compete.

In honor of our spookiest holiday, Bruster’s also is offering a sugar or cake cone for kids who come to Bruster’s between now and October 27 for just 99 cents!

But, whether you prefer Bruster’s by (see the photo top left) the cone, the (real) hot fudge sundae, the ice cream cake, the shake or even what I believe are the world’s greatest ice cream pies (think graham cracker or cookie crust with no layers of cake getting in the way of my new favorite flavor — chocolate peanut butter Buckeye; just order it…trust me), you can’t go wrong with any of Bruster’s ultra-premium flavors.

Plus, Matt and Judy are also really good people, as well as, apparently, good business people. Bruster’s is now also available at the Cobb Theater and Taste of Boston restaurant in Wesley Chapel, A Cup of Organic Coffee on S.R. 54 in Lutz and at You Do the Dishes in Tampa Palms, with other distribution locations on the way.

“The distribution locations usually carry eight Bruster’s flavors,” Judy says. “It’s a great way to get more of our ice cream in more places, without having to open another store.” Matt adds that Bruster’s is perfect for catering your next party or corporate event.

We also mourn with the Provenzano family the recent passing of Judy’s husband and Matt’s dad, Joe.

Bruster’s (20303 BBD) is open every day. For more info, call 907-7458, visit or email

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