Grab plenty of napkins and settle down with a spoon, because the Bananas Foster sundae at Ben & Penny’s is set to demand your attention. This popular dessert has vanilla ice cream, large banana chunks, lightly toasted walnuts, homemade whipped cream, and homemade Bananas Foster sauce with a very light touch of rum. It’s also delicious and is guaranteed to make you focus entirely on the task at hand. Once your spoon is empty, though, you’ll likely want to take a look around at this adorable ice cream and espresso bar across the street from the banks of the Ohio River in Newburgh, Ind.
Owned by Ben and Penny Nejad (who also own Café Arazu just a short walk away), this café sells handmade JELL-O popcorn, its own pastries, as well as various milkshakes. The shop makes its own waffle cones, too. Love chocolate? Ben & Penny’s sells fine chocolates from Belgium, Italy, Holland, and local chocolate shops in another section of the store. Ben & Penny’s also sells cheeses, dried meats, specialty jams, crackers, and a savory line (curry with nuts). Its wine selection includes French Cotes du Rhone, Italian Montepulciano, and some dessert wines. The store also offers wine tastings and soon will offer beer tastings.
For those who want a mixture of the shop’s wares, Ben & Penny’s offers custom gift baskets, as well. The coffee shop, located at 20 Water St., also serves sandwiches. It currently is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., though in mid-May hours will extend to 9 p.m. The restaurant may be reached at 812-858-2556.
For more information on Ben & Penny’s, visit www.benandpennys.com or find it on Facebook.