A little snow makes no difference: Gifford’s Ice Cream Stands open this Friday, with free cones

J.J. Channell (left), 9, of Bangor takes two scoops of cake batter and a dish of deer tracks from Gifford’s senior shift leader Tori Dyer on the first day of ice cream season in 2016. “It’s been very busy, despite the snow,” Dyer said. Micky Bedell | BDN

Robins appearing, the days getting longer, Girl Scout Cookies arriving, perhaps a crocus or two. These are the signs of spring. But in Maine, we’ve got another sign of spring: the opening day for Gifford’s Ice Cream Stands across the state.

The five Gifford’s locations in Bangor, Auburn, Farmington, Skowhegan and Waterville will open for business for the year for on Friday, March 17. In yet another crowd-pleasing tradition, Gifford’s will offer free small two-scoop cones between 6 and 8 p.m. that day. A little snow won’t stop you, will it? It snowed last year too, and people still lined up, so expect a crowd if you go on Friday.

Gifford’s this year also will offer six new flavors, including Chocolate Peanut Butter, Moo-slide (coffee liqueur ice cream with fudge ripple and chocolate bits), Power Play Fudge (vanilla ice cream with chocolate cookies, chocolate hockey pucks and fudge ripple, already in stores), Southern Peach, Superhero (red, blue and yellow-colored vanilla ice cream), and Blueberry Oat Crumble (vanilla frozen yogurt with cinnamon oat clusters and wild blueberry ripple).

Emily Burnham

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Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine.