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Cakes with Cake Now Available!

Just in time to celebrate our 40th anniversary, new cakes are available at J.P. Licks! Your two favorite flavors of ice cream sandwiched between a layer of chocolate or yellow cake and then decorated with any of our fun designs! Celebrate anything and everything with them - including just because a day ends in "y". Head over to our cake page to order. (Only available in medium, 72 hours needed to make specialty cakes.)

updated: 2 months ago

J.P. Licks Artists Go To Washington

Both Jamaal Eversley and Fernando Fula have displayed their artwork in our stores - Jamaal in Mission Hill and Boylston Street and Fernando in our Southie store. Now, their work will be seen in DC too! They created a portrait for former Boston mayor Marty Walsh to bring with him as he moves to become the Labor Secretary for President Biden. We're so thrilled for them and are happy to say we knew them when!

Read all about it here!

updated: 6 months ago

Harvard Square In The News

Our Harvard Square store recently made the news! The Harvard Crimson created a photoessay looking at the folks who have been hard at work in the square since the pandemic started one year ago. Our team has been in the store serving up ice cream, coffee, and smiles throughout. We're opened at 9 am Mon-Sat and 10 am on Sundays for your breakfast needs too! Come by and say hi until 10 pm every day.

updated: 7 months ago

MorningStar Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sandwiches

Upper left corner sunshine rays shining onto bagel and English Muffin with veggie sausage patty egg and cheese sandwiches

MorningStar Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich

Introducing our MorningStar Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwiches. We serve them on your choice of a toasted bagel, toasted English Muffin, or a delicious buttered croissant. They go great with a cappuccino or a cup of our cold brew coffee. These new sandwiches are currently available at 6 of our 17 stores.* All of our locations have a full espresso bar and fresh brewed coffee roasted in our JP headquarters. Come in anytime for a pick me up.

*Jamaica Plain, Assembly Row, Harvard Square, Legacy Place, One Brigham Circle, and West Roxbury

updated: 2 months ago

Bring Our Hot Chocolate Home

Our award winning Hot Chocolate is available to bring home. You can grab a cone - enough for two servings, or one of our two different sizes of bottles. All you need to do is add hot milk and then sit back and enjoy. It's also easy to order online at our coffee website to send anywhere in the Continental U.S.A.

updated: 2 months ago

Coffee Grounds For Composting Are Back

We paused at the beginning of of the pandemic but we're back! Used coffee grounds will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in our Jamaica Plain store for you to pick up (while supplies last) to use in your gardens or compost piles. Set up on table near the door, come in and grab one and try a coffee while you're at it!

It’s great for your garden:

Adding coffee grounds to your soil helps with drainage, water retention, and aeration and decreases how much you need to depend on chemical fertilizers (more info will be available on our website about how to use it), so why not - let’s make our neighborhoods more beautiful!

Put it in yiour composting pile:
Coffee grounds are considered a green compost material (food scraps, grass clippings, coffee grounds) so mix it with brown compost material (newspaper, dry leaves, etc).
(L-R: Hank Rose J.P. Licks Coffee Roaster, Councilman Matt O'Malley, Vince Petryk-Owner J.P. Licks)

updated: 12 months ago

Peach Season Is Here!

We waited for perfect peaches to bring you one of your favorite seasonal favorites. Peach Ice Cream is available for a limited time - enjoy on a cup, in a cone, or as a frappe. You can also have your peaches in a sundae or smoothie. Get scooping!

updated: 2 months ago

We will miss you Donald Hernstrom!

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J.P. Licks is devastated by the loss of a founding member of our family this week. Don started making ice cream with Vince in 1981 in our very first store at the corner of Moraine and Centre street. Don and Vince randomly met at Flannigan’s (JP supermarket) and began to share their love of food, and flavorings. For 40 years, Don created ice cream, toppings, basically anything Vince could dream up, he created. From Pad Thai to the best Vanilla. No challenge was too small or flavor too weak. He was Mr. Fix it and "Doctor Don," so passionate about books and knowledge that he would often joke he should have become a doctor. Outside of work, he loved playing guitar and banjo, singing folk music, performing in his church choir, and spending time with his beloved wife and daughter and his many pets. He was a best friend, mentor, and a wonderful person to lean on. He met you every day with a “don joke”, a “howdy partner”, and most likely his “snake boots" and latest Goodwill find.
Every flavor of ice cream at J.P. Licks was influenced in some way by Don. We will miss him, and he forever will be a part of our JP Licks lives. He was a legend in his own way. So, if you see someone who needs a laugh, in honor of Don, make sure to take the time to tell them a really bad joke or treat them to an ice cream. Everyone deserves a smile!

updated: 6 months ago

Snow Dog Saturdays at MarketStreet, Lynnfield

Stop by our store in the MarketStreet Shopping Plaza every Saturday in March for Snow Dogs, an event celebrating pups and benefiting Kobe Henro Pet Food Bank. With any purchase you make in our store, you can grab a cow paw for your puppy pal for only $1.50. Cow paws were developed in partnership with the MSPCA and are a dairy free frozen treat with honey and peanut butter that your dog can enjoy safely. Come on out and make a day of it!

updated: 7 months ago

Cookies 'n' Cream Sundaes and Frappes

Dress up your favorite Cookies 'n' Cream flavor (we have peanut butter, coffee, mint, and original) as a frappe or sundae! Take home a sundae - your favorite Cookies 'n' Cream flavor with crumbled cookies, hot fudge, whipped cream and a whole Oreo®- or sip it through a straw with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream.

updated: 2 months ago

Announcing...Cookie³!

TEXT Cookiesup3 Chocolate Chip Cookies x Cookie Dough x Hydrox Together at last on white paneled background in with picture of vanilla ice cream containing these cookies in a pink JP Licks branded cup

Cookie³

What do you get when you combine Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cookie Dough, and Hydrox Cookies?

Pure Perfection!

Please welcome the newest flavor to our J.P. Licks family...Cookie³!!!

updated: 2 months ago

J.P. Licks As A Literary Device!

Janae Marks wrote the book “From the Desk of Zoe Washington”, set in Medford, Somerville, and Cambridge, MA. One of the places Zoe and her friends and family visit is the J.P. Licks in Davis Square and we just had to sit down and chat with her about how she came to set some of her story at J.P. Licks!

1. How did you decide where to set Zoe’s story? Did you grow up or go to school near Davis Square?

I went to college at Tufts University, so I lived on campus down the road from Davis Square for several years. I loved walking to Davis Square to hang out, watch a movie, and grab J.P. Licks!

2. Where did your idea for Zoe’s story come from?

What inspired me to write this story was a podcast! Back in 2014, I was obsessed with the first season of Serial, which told the story of a man who is in prison for murder, but many believe could be innocent of the crime. After the season ended, I kept thinking about wrongful convictions, and wondered how often they happen. Since I write for kids, I started to wonder what it’s like to have a parent in prison, and what it would be like to find out that they might actually be innocent. Zoe Washington was born from there!

I decided to make Zoe an aspiring pastry chef because I love watching baking competition shows, like Kids’ Baking Championship on the Food Network. I thought it’d be fun to have Zoe be as passionate about baking as the kids on those shows.

3. Can you tell us a little bit more about the Innocence Project, the organization that helps Zoe?

The Innocence Project is an organization that uses DNA testing to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. They also help reform the criminal justice system. You can learn more about them on their website: innocenceproject.org/.

4. Did you have to spend a lot of time researching for the book? Did you describe Davis Square and Harvard Square from memory or did you come back and take a lot of pictures?

Yes, I spent a lot of time researching wrongful convictions, systemic racism within the criminal justice system, The Innocence Project, and baking! I actually described Davis and Harvard Square from memory, with the help of Google images.

4. Did you have a best friend growing up that lived next door to you? And did you have a fight with them one summer too?

I never had a best friend live right next door to me. The conflict between Zoe and Trevor is fictional, but I did have an experience in the sixth grade that led to me losing friends. It’s so common for friendships from elementary school to change once kids get to middle school, so I wanted to explore that theme.

5. What’s your favorite song? Do you write about it in “From the Desk of Zoe Washington”?

Growing up, I loved Mariah Carey, which is why I included “One Sweet Day” (her duet with Boyz II Men) in the book. I listened to that album, Daydream, constantly when I was Zoe’s age. Listening to it now still brings back memories of that time!

6. Do you also bake cupcakes? Or do you enjoy eating them more? What’s your favorite flavor of cupcake?

When I wrote this book, I wasn’t much of a baker, even though I love those baking competition shows. But I’ve been baking more lately! I’d still rather eat cupcakes than bake them, but it’s pretty satisfying to make them yourself. My favorite flavor is similar to Trevor’s - chocolate!

7. When you were growing up, did you want to be a baker? Or have you always wanted to be a writer? Or have you always had more than one dream and what do you say to young people who want to grow up to be more than one thing?

I never wanted to be a baker. I didn’t even know I wanted to be an author until I was in college! Growing up, I actually wanted to be a Broadway actress. I eventually realized I liked writing stories more than performing in them, so I pivoted to creative writing. I think all young people should figure out what they love, and follow their passion - wherever it takes them!

8. Zoe’s cupcake flavor invention reminds us of our Fruity Pebbles Cereal Milk ice cream. Have you ever tried it? Have you ever baked Zoe’s cupcake invention?

I’ve never had that ice cream but it sounds good! I have made Zoe’s cupcake invention, and I also posted it to my website here!

9. Was the Davis Square J.P. Licks your go-go ice cream store when you were here?

Yes! I went to the stores in Davis Square and Harvard Square all the time. Even now, whenever I visit Boston or Tufts, I always stop by to grab some.

10. What is your favorite flavor? (Is it the same as Zoe or her mom’s?)

My favorite flavors are Coconut Almond Chip (what Zoe’s mom orders in the book) and Coffee Cookies ‘n’ Cream!

11. Do you still write letters to people and send them via the mail (with stamps!!)?

I hadn’t in a long time, but now I get to send mail to readers! I try to reply to all fan mail I receive, and I also include notes when I send signed bookplates or bookmarks to readers. (If anyone wants one, they can reach out through my website!)

12. Are you writing another book now? Will ice cream or cupcakes be a big part of that book too?

I’m finishing up edits on my second middle grade novel, which will be out in September 2021. Unfortunately ice cream and cupcakes don’t play a part this time, but there is a scene featuring snickerdoodle cookies!

Thanks so much for reading From the Desk of Zoe Wasington, and interviewing me. I can’t wait to be able to visit Boston and have your ice cream again!

updated: 1 year ago