Here’s the scoop: The new Bruster’s is kosher
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Here’s the scoop: The new Bruster’s is kosher

Ice cream is made fresh on the premises and the shop will offer at least two dozen flavors

The new Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop on Browns Hill Road is now certified kosher. (Photo by Maureen Kelly Busis)
The new Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop on Browns Hill Road is now certified kosher. (Photo by Maureen Kelly Busis)

There’s a new kosher ice cream shop in town — just in time for summer.

The Vaad Harabanim of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh’s kosher supervision agency, recently announced that Bruster’s Real Ice Cream shop on Browns Hill Road has been certified kosher.

“We are working with the owner to develop a list of products that are parve or dairy equipment,” wrote Rabbi Daniel Wasserman of the Vaad on a Facebook post. “We hope to have that list in the next couple of weeks.”

Bruster’s ice cream is made fresh in each of its stores, and at least 24 different flavors are offered daily, according to Bruster’s website. Its menu includes ice cream cakes and pies, freshly baked waffle cones and milkshakes. Frozen yogurt, sorbet and non-dairy flavors made with coconut milk are also available.

Founded in 1989, there are currently about 200 independently-owned Bruster’s shops in 22 states, Guyana and South Korea. Several Bruster’s stores in Georgia are also certified kosher.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. According to Wasserman, Saturday hours may be extended to 11 p.m. in the coming weeks.

“All products should be considered dairy Chalav Stam and Pas Palter,” Wasserman wrote on Facebook. Chalav Stam refers to milk that was not supervised by a mashgiach but is assumed to be pure and from a kosher animal. Pas Palter refers to baked goods produced in a non-Jewish bakery with kosher ingredients. PJC

Toby Tabachnick

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