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Ice cream at Bellerose car wash

Ultra Sonic Car Wash in Floral Park is

Ultra Sonic Car Wash in Floral Park is also an ice cream parlor, Aug. 7, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

Driving down Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose last week, I had a sudden and intense need for a chocolate malted and decided to give Google Maps the chance to help. I keyed in “ice cream” and learned that less than a mile away was a shop selling Hershey’s (a mass-market brand whose chocolate compares very favorably with most of the “homemade” chocolates at local parlors).

I drove by the given address once, twice, no ice cream parlor; just an impressive fieldstone-covered car wash. Wait a minute: It’s Ultra Sonic Hand Car Wash Ice Cream Parlor! Yes, attached to the car wash was a Tudor-style annex that prominently displayed the Hershey’s sign.

I thoroughly enjoyed my malted, though the young woman behind the counter made it with soft-serve instead of hard ice cream. Next time, I may ask if she would break protocol and use hard. I also may treat my car to a hand wash. It has needs too.

Ultra Sonic Car Wash is at 24924 Jericho Tpke., Bellerose, 516-502-2818.

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