Magic Freeze and Christmas trees

Hannah Predojev

Herald Staff Writer

 What is better in wintertime than… ice cream? 

The iconic Durbin Magic Freeze, established in 1953, by owners Jack and June Durbin, who operated the family run business, is in its 4th generation. 

From traditional flavors to more bold, whimsical choices, there is something for everyone. 

The shop offers homemade ice cream, available in custard and hard serve, with the addition of cakes, slushes and more. Limited holiday ice cream flavors include candy cane, gingerbread cookie and peppermint mocha.  

Chris Durbin, one of the owners, acknowledged how the cold weather does not stop individuals from getting their hands on the sweet confection. 

“It is amazing the amount of business we do outside in the winter with ice cream,” Durbin said. “…It will be 15 degrees out and we will still have lines.” 

As a fun sentiment, it was noted that hot fudge is what made the shop famous. As word traveled, requests became so large, that the staff had to prepare and package it themselves. With thousands of jars sold, they sell “more than anyone else in Ohio.” 

John Marsek, a Norton resident, has been coming to the shop since he was young. Years ago, he bought a tree from the establishment, and commented on how great the fresh pine smell is, lingering around the house. 

He absolutely loves the coconut cream pie flavor. In fact, his entire fridge is stocked with various types from the shop. 

The business hosts their cake shop next door in the summertime, which is transformed into a Christmas shop during the winter. Out front, holiday accessories are available for purchase, including ornaments and wreaths. The business has sold 14 fresh 10-12 foot trees, and there are a few 14-foot trees available while supplies last. 

In their 44th year, they began selling the greenery the day after Thanksgiving. Specializing in Frazer Fir, which comes from southern Wooster, and Scotch Pine, which comes from the upper peninsula of Michigan, are cut right before they are shipped, so that they are as fresh as possible. Durbin says the establishment will be out of trees by Friday or Saturday. Prices vary. The specialty ice cream will be available through the weekend. 

Cones range from 70 cents to $3.75, pints are $3.50 and quarts are $5.50. Their additional items run from $2 to $5.75. Toppings vary, from 35-50 cents.

Cash payment accepted only, and there are no online orders. The shop will be closed for a brief hiatus, but will reopen in February. For information, visit Facebook, Twitter or their official website: www.durbinmagicfreeze.com.

The trees are imported from Michigan and Wooster. Pictured: Chris Durbin

The holiday shop is decorated with a variety of Christmas items.

Dress up one’s sundae with some delicious hot fudge.

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