Vote in the Ultimate Pittsburgh Frozen Treat Sweet 16: Yinz are nostalgic

Every vote counted in the first round. Narrow the field to eight by June 1.

A very sweet Sweet Sixteen.

A very sweet Sweet Sixteen.

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After a two-week-long battle, 16 victors emerged in the quest for the title of Ultimate Pittsburgh Frozen Treat, a bracket presented by The Philadelphia Contributionship.

Now moving on to the Sweet 16 (and a very sweet Sweet 16 it is), we learned a few things from Round 1.

A very sweet Sweet Sixteen.

A very sweet Sweet Sixteen. (Click to enlarge this bracket.)

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Nostalgia reigned supreme.

For the most part, the shops that earned the most love are places with vintage vibes woven into the fabric of Pittsburgh. South Side’s Page Dairy Mart, for example, which draws long lines to its neon-lit highway-side stand vanquished The Meadows Original Frozen Custard with 66 percent of the vote. Across town, the old-school Strip District soda fountain Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor trounced Brr-Kee’s Homemade Ice Cream with 70 percent of the total.

A favorite already emerged.

Voters really love Millie’s. The homemade ice cream shop with locations in Shadyside and Downtown earned more votes than any other spot.

Some races were really tough.

  • In the icy treats, shakes and beverages category: Just 15 votes separated Popsburgh and Stickler’s Ice Pop Company, which won the round. Fifteen votes also separated Arsenal Cider House’s frozen cider and BRGR’s milkshakes, the victor.
  • In the soft serve and custard section, Springdale classic Glen’s Homemade Custard beat out DiFiore’s Ice Cream Delite by just 14 votes.
  • In the other novelties category, Sugar & Spice Ice Cream Truck eked out a win by 19 votes over the Klondike bar.
A banana split sundae from Sugar and Spice Ice Cream truck.

A banana split sundae from Sugar and Spice Ice Cream truck.

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An ice cream road trip is in order.

Many shops that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen are located within city limits. But some are more far flung (like Al’s Cone Zone in Jefferson Hills, Dari Delite in Bridgeville and Sarris Candies Ice Cream Parlour in Canonsburg), and your votes show us that they’re worth the drive.

Pittsburgh ❤s frozen treats.

Pittsburghers really love frozen treats. Maybe the infatuation is intensified after this brutal winter. Whatever it is, you cast more than 1,300 votes, and now’s the time to show some more love to the spots in the Sweet Sixteen.

Will we see more tight races as 16 shops try to freeze one another out into the Elite Eight round? Now’s your moment to root for your fave — vote below or here by 10 a.m. Friday, June 1.