BY GAIL GOLD
For Chicagoans with long memories, there is one old-time ice cream parlor and candy shop that comes to mind: Margie’s on the corner of Armitage and Western. The bright yellow sign and huge ice cream cone outside the door welcome you to sweetness. Now in its third generation of the Poulos family, Margie Poulos started her famous store in 1921. The son Peter took over, and now a grandson is poised to be at the helm.
Maria, an employee of over 30 years, said all the hot fudge, caramel, and chocolate sauces and syrups are homemade right in the store. The turtle sundae is one of the hugely popular items, as are the banana splits, chocolate milkshakes, root beer floats, and green river. Ice cream flavors are traditional: chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, praline, pistachio, coffee, NY cherry, coconut, and mint.
Years ago, autumn was the only season taffy apples were made. But the popularity of them year-round forced Margie’s to consider making them a daily item. Covered in peanuts or plain, they are sure to delight.
Portions of floats and sodas are huge. Sundaes are enormous and served in a white clam shell~either one scoop or 3 scoops with lots of whipped cream. The candies are all homemade, either dark or milk chocolate. Chocolate-covered almonds, cashews, & peanuts, toffee, caramels, sea salt turtles, coconut cups, fruit-dipped chocolates, and creams. Take your pick and savor the deliciousness of homemade candy.
While enjoying heavenly ice cream treats, listen to the jukebox selections at every table. Guaranteed you’ll sing along to the oldies, but goodies tunes.
As you leave, pick up a jar of Margie’s homemade hot fudge or caramel sauce, and buy a box of candy to treat yourself!It is guaranteed happiness. And remember the best part: there are no calories at Margie’s.