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DAVE SCHERBENCO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Customers wait in line at Ben and George’s in Pittston Twp.

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DAVE SCHERBENCO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER A customer has her hands full at Carter’s Dairy Freeze on Wyoming Avenue in Exeter.

The end of summer signals the last stand for summer-themed ice cream at some Greater Pittston ice cream stands and the beginning of fall flavors.

Outdoor, seasonal stands like Carter’s Dairy Freeze in Exeter, Ben and George’s in Pittston Twp. and Twisterz in Dupont are pumping out the last of their summer specials, taking advantage of the last warm weeks of the season to peddle as many cool, frozen treats as possible.

Employees at Carter’s say they will stay open as long as the weather cooperates.

On Facebook, Twisterz Ice Cream in Dupont has been keeping summer alive by promoting its Dole Whip, a summertime favorite featuring soft serve and fruit juice in a variety of flavors.

The ice cream stand, which normally closes during the winter months, also recently offered back-to-school specials.

Twisters’ closing date was not listed on Facebook and calls to the ice cream stand were not immediately answered.

At Blue Ribbon Dairy in West Pittston, ice cream makers strive to satisfy the sweet tooth of customers throughout the entire year.

With summer drawing to a close, it’s time to pump out the pumpkin ice cream, store manager Kiki Sorick said.

“We’ve been making pumpkin since before everyone was so obsessed with it,” she said.

The shop prepared a first batch of pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin chocolate chip, and low-fat pumpkin yogurt in time for Labor Day weekend.

“We also do a variety of fall-themed sundaes like caramel apple, pumpkin pie, warm apple dumplings and cinnamon bun sundaes,” she said. “Then in winter we do peppermint stick ice cream as well as sugar cookie.”

Longer stretches of summer heat have helped ice cream stores like Blue Ribbon stay busy when the back-to-school season hits.

“A lot of kids and families come for ice cream,” Sorick said.

Customers tend to start asking for pumpkin and fall flavors in August and devour them once they hit the freezers.

“We made it on Saturday and have had to make it once since because it’s just about gone,” Sorick said.

Sorick said she particularly enjoys the fall offering of cinnamon ice cream — especially when it is topped with caramel sauce.

“It’s warm and cool at the same time,” she said. “With caramel on top it’s just perfect. For the winter I like peppermint stick with hot fudge.”

Blue Ribbon only reduces its hours by about 30 minutes in the upcoming colder months — the shop is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day, Sorick said.

Hours at the local outdoor ice cream stands vary as the weather changes. Contact them directly for information.

sscinto@pittstonprogress.com