In the wake of yet another brutal wave of mercury-shattering temperatures, there's no better place than Philadelphia to beat the heat – at least when it comes to frozen treats, according to one food blog that claims the City of Brotherly Love is also home to the country's best milkshake.
Retro soda shop Franklin Fountain topped The Daily Meal's America's 17 Best Milkshakes list.
"Named for Benjamin Franklin who began his adult life just blocks away, the shop aims to exhibit 'forgotten flavors of the American past,' according to its website," Daily Meal staffers wrote in the ranking:
"The Homemade Franklin Ice Cream was first served in 2006, and the shop has come a long way since the original Philadelphia vanilla bean flavor, offering 21 flavors every day like cherry vanilla, teaberry gum and green tea, as well as seasonal sorbets, sugar-free flavors, non-dairy ice creams and featured flavors. Any flavor can be made into a shake. ... A true example of American history and small business, The Franklin Fountain’s homemade ice cream makes their shakes extra tasty."
"Since 1861, Bassett’s Ice Cream Company has been providing the Philadelphia region with delicious homemade ice cream, making it America’s oldest ice cream company. A fifth-generation family business, its customers have included Dr. Phil and President Obama. With more than 40 ice cream flavors, the milkshake possibilities seem endless. The top 10 most popular flavors include vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan and English toffee crunch."