Ok, if you grew up in Lubbock during the 1980’s like me, then you probably made more than one trip to Swensen’s Ice Cream for Lunch, Dinner or Dessert.

For me and my brothers, it was a HUGE treat to be able to go there and have Ice Cream. Of course, during the summers our Grandmother would take us for lunch and ice cream. Nice 2 for there!

It was located at 4636 50th Street. And they were one of the first places to serve a super-premium ice cream.

Credit: Google Maps (Former Swensen's Location)
Credit: Google Maps (Former Swensen's Location)

“The first Swensen's Ice Cream Store opened at the corner of Union & Hyde in San Francisco in 1948, and a new American Icon was born. Founder Earle Swensen knew he could succeed if he gave his customers three things... quality, quantity, and value for their money. His recipes called for using only the finest ingredients and exacting ice cream making techniques. By good old fashioned trial and error, Earle Swensen developed a perfect blend to ensure that Swensen's customers would get the maximum taste from each and every flavor.”

My favorite was the Hot Fudge Bonanza Split, vanilla ice cream with bananas, hot fudge, butterscotch, almonds, whipped cream, a cherry, and their delicious wafer. And of course their bubblegum ice cream. (I can’t stand that these days, but as a kid, look out!) But I can no longer get those items locally.

BUT WAIT, there is good news, there is a Swensen’s in Midland, so next time I am down there I will report on it!

Since Swensen's closed only 2 other businesses have been in that location. Rachel’s Fine Fabrics was located there for years and kept a lot of the motif of the old Swensen’s. It is now home to Pho Cali, which has kept some of the design elements, but it will never be the same as when I was a kid.

Do you remember Swensen’s? Tell us about it, along with your favorite treat from there!

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