Yes, it’s basically just a creamy (or creemee) soft serve, but the real difference between the two frozen dairy classifications is pride. Vermonters love creemees. The rumor is that the Vermont Creemee has a higher fat content and is served 10 degrees cooler than the other, less superior soft serve.. but that’s unconfirmed. Just don’t tell a Vermonter that! They will swear the rumor is true.
My very first Creemee was served from a little quaint white shack located right next to the Lake Champlain Boardwalk and Waterfront Park. The flavor-of-the-day: Maple. I was about to consume the most Vermont of Vermont cuisine. A state known for their Maple syrup, it seemed quite silly to make a Creemee in any other flavor. The only thing lacking from this all-Vermont original was some green food coloring and serving the frozen treat in a miniature compost bucket. But the green scenery and my edible cone would be an acceptable imaginary substitution.
The Maple Creemee was everything I had hoped for and so much more. The flavor was perfectly sweetened by the maple syrup but was not overly sweet, something I am really sensitive to. The very first thing that popped into my head was ‘pancakes’. But not the funky, dry, thoughtlessly mass produced pancakes. I am talking about beautifully crafted from your Grandma’s kitchen using quality ingredients, like the best gosh darn maple syrup this earth has every produced. There was richness from the frozen cream and also, lingering flavors of pecan. I was experiencing real maple syrup in the most unconventional and appropriate way.
I am now a Maple Creemee believer, and honestly wouldn’t have it any other way!