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Freaky Fry-day: Cool off, go soft

Snowflake's soft-serve ice cream is the stuff of

Snowflake's soft-serve ice cream is the stuff of legends. Snowflake has been dishing up soft-serve ice cream in Riverhead for decades. Credit: Newsday File / Ken Spencer

Yes, weather madness has struck. Full force, all forms, all media.

Has anyone fried an egg on the car hood yet?

You expect everything to go a little limp when the heat and humidity conspire the way they have this week. I have a response: soft-serve ice cream, which already is en route.

Marvel in Lido Beach is an oasis for the cool stuff. I recommend vanilla and especially coffee. The pistachio and chocolate will refresh you, too. No credit cards at Marvel, which also serves frozen yogurt.

Going east, Snowflake in Riverhead is a master of soft-serve, with great vanilla and chocolate and "twist," combining them. It always reminds me of the idealized Carvel, the one that melts away once removed from childhood memory. For the record: the hand-packed flavor of the week is blueberry -- fabulous. 

Marvel, 258 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach; 516-889-4232.

Snowflake, 1148 W. Main St., Riverhead; 631-727-4394.

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