A cool summer night’s treat
There’s a lot to say about knowing what you want out of life. Hanover resident Trish Motter knew for a long time she wanted to own her own business, but, more specifically, she wanted to be “in the happy business.” Enter Motter’s new happiness parlor, Half Pint Creamery. With ice cream flavors like Sweet Heat Chocolate – made with cayenne pepper and chocolate – and maple bacon, what could make a person happier?
Motter says her parents, business owners themselves, have always encouraged her to follow her dreams. “I’d much rather be working on my own dream than someone else’s,” she says.
Motter embarked on what she calls “the mother of all ice cream schools” – Penn State’s Ice Cream Short Course, an intense, seven-day crash course into the fun science behind making ice cream. Motter says she really wanted to understand what goes into making the perfect cone so she could figure out how to make flavors others only dream about.
When I visited Half Pint Creamery, I asked Motter what flavor I couldn’t leave without trying. She shared her favorite – apple pie – which she cutely refers to as “a 15 minute vacation.”
“I literally throw an entire apple pie into the recipe,” she says. “You get the gooey caramel, the flakey crust and wonderful crisp apples.”
The apple pie is just one of 90 homemade flavors – 36 of which are available daily – that Motter now offers at Half Pint. Her creativity extends even further with a smattering of short-run seasonal flavors that are featured time to time.
Even more refreshing than her ice cream, however, is her idea of entrepreneurship. Only five years out of high school, Motter is mature beyond her years. She takes her role as a mentor and role model for youth in the community very seriously.
She hires employees as young as 14 years old so she can spend a significant amount of time with before they go off and “join the big people world.” Motter attended Millersville University for one year, but she says she never really wanted to go to college. She says she wants kids to know that there’s more out there if they’re not sure what they want to do. “I try to involve them in every aspect from the marketing, to design, to making the ice cream,” she says.
With ice cream weather in full effect, customers can enjoy comfortable seating at outside picnic tables, or they can taste-test flavors inside with seating for 20. And if the proverbial dog days of summer ever actually show up, Motter has a line of “Puppy Love” yogurt-based treats for your parched pooch.
• 3780 Centennial Road, Hanover; 634-5459
• Monday-Friday, 11a.m.-10 p.m.
• Menu prices: $2.75-$5.25
• Wheelchair accessible, credit cards accepted, completely nonsmoking, reservations not necessary, alcohol not served, takeout available.