6 things to know about Butler County’s newest ice cream shop, Craft Creamworks

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Craft Creamworks opens in West Chester

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Craft Creamworks recently got its start at 7736 Dudley Drive, just east of Interstate 75’s busy Tylersville Road exit in West Chester Twp.

Here are six things to know about the new business, which offers premium, house-made, hand-dipped ice cream:

1. It started at home and rapidly grew

Co-owner Patrick Strang said he had been making ice cream out of his home for several years and selling it to friends, but demand quickly became overwhelming. Reaching out on social media for someone with a commercial kitchen he could use, he found Alex Becker, whose mother owns Dancing Roll sushi restaurant in West Chester.

After awhile producing it there, the two found the storefront that now is Craft Creamworks, right next door to LA Fitness.

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2. It’s a locally owned partnership

Strang, who lives in Mason, handles the ice cream-making. Becker, who grew up in Fairfield and now lives in Hamilton County, handles the staff, payroll, taxes and other such issues.

3. It’s got dozens of flavors

Craft Creamworks’ ever-expanding list of flavors is up to more than 70. Twenty of them are on the menu each day, with ten offerings always part of the mix: Chocolate, Strawberry, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Biscoff, Funfetti Cake, Peanut Butter Oreo, S’mores and Vanilla Bean, plus two dairy-free options: a sorbet and a vegan ice cream.

4. It offers a way to sample multiple flavors at one time

Besides ice cream by the scoop, sundae or milkshake, customers also can order a “flight” of ice cream: four separate flavors at a smaller sampling size than the typical scoop.

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5. It’s open to customers’ suggestions

A plastic bucket by the front door collects their ideas for new flavors. Want to take part of that Pecan Pie flavor and mix it with part of the Maple Bourbon? That and other inventive combinations could happen because, as Strang put it, “the possibilities are kind of endless.”

6. It’s also available for man’s best friend

Craft Creamworks offer customers’ dogs a free scoop of “Scoopy Doo” ice cream — sweet ice cream with grain-free peanut butter dog treats mixed in.

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