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Harbor Bars, Chessters, and Chipsters: In Praise of New England Novelties

Harbor Bars, Chessters, and Chipsters: In Praise of New England Novelties
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Several weeks ago, I received an email from Keith Davis, a Maine entrepreneur who has devoted the past few years to reviving a beloved Maine treat called the Harbor Bar. Harbor Bars are chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches filled with either vanilla or mint ice cream. They were first created in the late 1970s as a summer project by members of the Blake family, founders of Friendly Ice Cream, who had a house in Northeast Harbor. The bars were a local phenomenon and over several years, they spread throughout New England, but the Curtis family sold the company in the 1980s and Harbor Bars eventually disappeared.

Harbor Bar Logo

Davis has been reintroducing the bars in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and will soon expand his reach to New York and Pennsylvania. He told me he’d be in New Hampshire in the coming weeks for sales meetings and offered to drop some bars off at Yankee’s offices in Dublin.

They were a huge hit. A delicious blend of cream, crunch, and chocolate. As one colleague wrote in a grateful email, “Loved the cookie and not-too-thick ice cream layer (just enough to not drip all over). The (slightly bitter? Semi-sweet?) chocolate brings a nice contrast.” Keith uses Callebaut chocolate—very good stuff.
This got me thinking about other regional ice cream novelties, like Vermont Chessters (also ice cream sandwiches), and Carvel Flying Saucers and Chipsters (the company is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut). I’d love to hear from Yankee’s readers about their favorite local treats, current or past. What are/were your favorites? Are there any other brands you’d like to see revived?


Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
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One Response to Harbor Bars, Chessters, and Chipsters: In Praise of New England Novelties

  1. marilyn August 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    Since I was a child I have loved orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream on a stick…Over the years I would look for Orange/ vanilla ice cream as a treat….When I visit the Amish country at Walnut Creek OHIO there is a Walnut Creek Cheese house that sales a mixture of Vanilla, orange sherbert and pineapple ….It is to die for….
    When they give you a dip of this treat it is huge…I can not pass the cheese house with out getting a dish of this lovely ice cream…..Awesome!.

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