Peterborough chocolate shop gets tops in blog's 'outrageous sundaes' rankingBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent July 25. 2017 11:56PM
PETERBOROUGH — Visiting Peterborough might put you in mind of Mount Monadnock, but it probably doesn’t make you think about over-the-top ice cream concoctions.
The Mount Monadnock Sundae by Ava Marie Handmade Chocolates & Ice Cream has been named No. 1 of the “10 Most Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes in America” by BravoTV.com’s The Feast.
With a nod to nearby Mount Monadnock in its name, “granite” candy and a chocolate moose, the giant sundae also hits home with the locals.
Chocolatier and owner Susan Mazzone, who started the business on Grove Street 14 years ago, said the national recognition is creating a lot of excitement around town.
“It’s surprising to see how many people have gone crazy about it,” Mazzone said. “I think people in New Hampshire and New England take a lot of pride in their area.”
Mazzone said Monday that the massive sundae was created by two employees – her daughter Ava Mazzone and Jessica Kemmit — a few weeks ago after Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sean Ryan told her the food blog was searching for the most outrageous ice cream sundaes.
According to the website, “The Feast is Bravo’s home for the biggest, boldest, most crave-worthy eating experiences.”
The Mount Monadnock Sundae costs $38.50 and features 35 scoops of the customer’s choice of five flavors, covered with hot fudge and caramel, granite chocolate rocks, whipped cream and topped with an Ava Marie handmade chocolate moose.
Ava Marie started selling the sundae about a week and a half ago, she said, and last week found out it was named number 1 in The Feast’s 10 Most Outrageous Ice Cream Sundaes in America.
“We took first place. It’s a neat dessert, but I also think it has a lot of meaning behind it,” Mazzone said. “I think they liked the twist that it relates to New Hampshire.”
While no one has risen to the challenge yet, anyone who can eat a Mount Monadnock Sundae by themselves will get their photo mounted on the shop’s wall of fame, Mazzone said.
“We’ve sold a couple. It’s huge. It would take quite a few people to finish it off,” Mazzone said.
You can find the list online at www.bravotv.com/blogs/most-outrageous-ice-cream-sundaes-in-america; You can find Ava Marie online at avamariechocolates.com.