Each month, Boston-native ice cream shop J.P. Licks features a special set of flavors that can only be ordered for the course of that month. Originally based in Jamaica Plain, the chain has shops all over Boston. I perused the One Brigham Circle location, a shop surrounded by colleges and constantly filled with customers, even on a cold Indigenous People’s Day morning and on a rainy Sunday evening. Two ice cream trips in one weekend may seem like much, but it was worth it to try the new flavors.
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J.P. Licks, a Boston staple, gets a lot of traction at its One Brigham Circle location. The hours are also beneficial to the ice cream-hungry college student, as they open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. on weekdays.
A couple of morning regulars head in to order coffees and muffins.
The main ice cream flavor list, including this month’s special flavors.
An employee takes morning inventory of the $1 Off fridge, which is full of September’s flavors.
An employee starts working on a customer’s latte. Most see J.P. Licks as just an ice cream shop, but it has a wide variety of coffees, as well as monthly blends.
Anthony Branco, a third year student at MCPHS and an employee at J.P. Licks, waits on a medium iced latte. “Pre-test caffeine,” he explains. When asked for a flavor suggestion, he said “Favorite flavor? Honestly, I like the maple butter walnut. It’s not a monthly flavor, but it’s pretty good.”
A few students get in last minute studying in the open table section of J.P. Licks.
Chloe Conger and Lisa Lam, two freshmen from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, laugh together as they sit in the empty tilt-a-whirl cart near the front entrance to J.P. Licks. “I got… mint cookies and cream,” says Conger. “I always forget the name.” Originally from New Orleans, Conger says that this is only her second visit to J.P. Licks. This is Lam’s first.
A sign offering the different flavors of fall, including a few monthly flavors and a few specialty items, such as a caramel apple sundae.
My own cup of ice cream, including a scoop of oatmeal cookie (a staple flavor) and a scoop of pumpkin custard (a monthly flavor).