Ushering in pothole season, Pugnuts chef and co-owner Karl Holmes is alleviating some people’s misery by offering a free scoop of his Frost Heave ice cream to anyone who furnishes a receipt for pothole-related automotive repairs. “We can’t make our customers’ repair bills go away, but we can at least soothe the pain a little with a free ice cream,” the ice cream shop’s co-owner Eric Treworgy said. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Soothing pothole pain



SURRY — No one wants a car repair, especially one caused by Maine’s mud season special: potholes and frost heaves.

However, Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop is offering a free scoop of its Frost Heave ice cream to make it all better. Just bring in a receipt for vehicular work resulting from pothole-related damage until the road crews’ frost heave signs come down.

Chef Karl Holmes created the Frost Heave with a base of mocha ice cream dotted with chunks of miniature chocolate donuts and festooned with a ribbon of salted caramel. The caramel streak represents the salted yellow line in the road.

Frost Heave ice cream is made up of mocha ice cream dotted with miniature chocolate donuts and chunks and a strip of salted caramel. The caramel strip represents the obscured, heavily salted yellow line in the road. “Our idea for Frost Heave was inspired by the experience of waiting for a tow truck this time of year,” Treworgy said.
ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Holmes and his husband, Eric Treworgy, first offered the special last year.

“We can’t make our customers’ repair bills go away, but we can at least soothe the pain a little with a free ice cream,” Treworgy said. “Our offer is for a small ice cream cone or dish, but if the story is a good one, we might just have to add another scoop!”

“Our idea for Frost Heave was inspired by the experience of waiting for a tow truck this time of year,” Treworgy said. “Mocha ice cream [the coffee you wish you had], mixed with chocolate-covered donuts and a ribbon of salted caramel for the salty yellow stripe in the road.”

Treworgy and Holmes also think it’s fun to have seasonal flavors and they needed an early spring one.

“Besides, how cool is it that we have a flavor with frost in the title?” asked Treworgy, noting “We ran this promotion last year and had a great response.”

Speaking of mochas, Pugnuts was scheduled to begin offering early morning coffee, espresso drinks and croissants starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 1. No joke.

Treworgy said the shop has its own roast, created by Bucklyn Coffee in Blue Hill.

During the specialty coffee service’s first two weeks of operation, customers ordering a cup of java will receive a free croissant.

Also, if you think ice cream for breakfast should be a thing, you’re in luck.

“We’ll be putting the ice cream out early,” said Treworgy.

While you’re there, try a sample of Sumac gelato, which is the latest in a long line of Holmes’ creations inspired by the North Woods.

The pair described Sumac as “light and lemony, swirled with pomegranate and honey, and mixed with almonds and candied orange.”

Starting Monday, April 1, Pugnuts is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shop is located at 1276 Route 172 in Surry. For more info, visit pugnuts.com.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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