If your family enjoys a delicious dessert after school, after a great meal or after anything, really, you should check out North Pole Ices in the Cross Creek Center plaza at the corner of Kinnan St. and Cross Creek Blvd., a couple of miles south of Wesley Chapel.

The Lanigans — Kelly, Mike and their children Brittany, Anthony and baby Chloe — are (like yours truly) transplanted New Yawkas who have lived in New Tampa the last ten years. Mike, who has built homes in Cory Lake Isles and other local communities, decided it was time to try doing something different and several months ago, North Pole Ices was born.

“We wanted to serve real New York Italian Ices and homemade ice cream,” Kelly says. “And, we’ve been told we have delicious ice cream and ices and very reasonable prices.”

I would have to agree. Located across the street from two schools and the New Tampa Regional Library, and basically adjacent to the New Tampa Little League field complex, parents and kids in our area haven’t had any trouble finding North Pole Ices since it opened and I have to say that the ice cream is delicious. My favorite ice cream flavors to date (sprinkles are always free!) are the Bearfoot Brownie and Chocolate Moose Tracks and one of the best deals in town are the large (for $3) and small ($2.50) Otis Spunkmeyer chocolate chip cookie sandwiches. I can even get my favorite traditional NY-style black & white real milkshakes st North Pole Ices.

My son Jake raves about the rainbow Italian ices and fresh fruit smoothies and you also can order hand-packed takeout pints and quarts. The only thing missing are the hot fudge sundaes and banana splits, but Kelly says they should be arriving soon, as are Nathan’s hot dogs, churros, pretzels and hot and frozen coffee drinks. And, if you mention this story when you visit, you can buy any item up to $4 and get one item of equal or lesser value FREE!

For more info including hours, call North Pole Ices (10008 Cross Creek Blvd.) at 428-6998.

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