Sylas and Maddy’s offers decent ice cream but lacks magic

By Sarah Fulton

Sarah Fulton, managing editor

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Hiding in the corner of a strip mall and concealed by a Super Target, Sylas and Maddy’s Ice Cream, 11925 South Strang Line Road, is a Lawrence transport that found a second home in Olathe. My first impression was that the store smelled like sugar and was really clean. The mustard-colored walls highlighted chalkboard menus. A few framed pictures of children and dogs line one of the walls and made me smile. Overall, the store was nicely decorated but lacked the magic that its Lawrence counterpart gets from being in a college town. I hoped the ice cream would measure up.

I chose to order the Five Flavor Sampler with Cake Batter, Birthday Bash, Blueberry Cheesecake, Tiger Tracks and Kansas Twister. They were all scooped into a bowl and immediately started melting all over each other.

I decided to eat the Cake Batter, which had cake batter flavoring with cake chunks, because it was sitting on top of the pile. The ice cream itself had a hint of lemon, but was overall a little bland. The real flavor came from the chunks of cake, they were a blast of sugar and had a flavor that was a nice surprise. The only problem was that in my little scoop there was not enough ice cream to have a large portion of cake.

Directly under the Cake Batter was the Birthday Bash, cake flavor with sprinkles, which was similarly underwhelming.  I have no idea where the cake flavor was supposed to be because the ice cream tasted like vanilla. The sprinkles added a nice crunch and some fun color, but they were not enough to make the flavor memorable.

Next was the Blueberry Cheesecake, which I was excited about because of the fun purple color. However, like the Birthday Bash, I was not sure where the cheesecake flavor was. The ice cream tasted like blueberries and was really good, but I wanted cheesecake.

Next was the Tiger Tracks and the Kansas Twister. While they are two separate flavors, once I got done dissecting the first three flavors they had melted just enough to become one blob of ice cream. At first I was a little upset, but then I discovered that the blob was delicious. What I think was the Tiger Tracks had the peanut butter drops, brownies and a fudge swirl.  The peanut butter drops, to my surprise, did not freeze and become hard like I expected. They were not Reese’s but they were really good. It was a perfect mix of chocolate and vanilla.

The side I think was Kansas Twister had peanut butter, Oreos, peanuts and fudge swirl. The peanut butter and fudge swirl were barely noticeable but created a nice contrast to the peanuts and Oreos. The Oreos were only chunked and not ground, so I clearly see the outer cookie and filling. I loved just being able to take an entire bite of Oreo. It was delicious.

Overall, Sylas and Maddy’s was a good place to stop for ice cream. The variety of flavors offer a variety of tempting choices that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest plates. I just have two recommendations. The first is to go to the original location in Lawrence for the magic feeling that a much loved ice cream store has. The second is to order only one flavor. The tiny little bites available in the five flavor sampler did not give justice to the flavors.

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