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Question: Why should you check out Purple Monkey Ice Cream (238 S Highland Ave, Ossining 914-488-5534; 171 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson 914-862-0622) when the shops don’t make their own? Answer: They serve Gifford’s premium ice cream, the Maine-based creamery that has won national awards including first place for strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, and orange sherbet by the National Ice Cream Retailers Association.

The shops offer a variety of flavors that range from Maine lobster tracks (vanilla ice cream with caramel swirl, éclair crunch, and lobster-colored chocolate cups) to butter almond to cherry amaretto chocolate. Don’t forget the purple sprinkles—an homage to the shops’ name—as a topping on your small cup ($2.69).

And as an interesting side note, the Purple Monkey sibs join Blue Pig (121 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson 914-271-3850) as the second and third ice cream shops in the vicinty that have a color/animal combo for names.

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