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A Bit of Hot Licks History

Hot LicksThe first Hot Licks opened in February of 1986. Located in Fairbanks, just down the hill from the University of Alaska, Hot Licks quickly became a popular local attraction offering the finest from the four basic food groups: Soup, Bread, Ice Cream, and Coffee. The menu featured two made from scratch soups daily, fresh baked bread, cinnamon rolls, croissants, and muffins, a full espresso bar, and, of course, a complete old fashioned soda fountain menu. All ice cream was made on the premises in a forty-quart batch freezer.

Eleven years later, in May of 1997, a major change took place. The owners decided to discontinue soups, sandwiches and baked goods. They built a 20’ by 20’ ice cream shop with walk up window service. Seating is outdoors in a park like setting. There are picnic tables, benches, and an adjacent 20’ by 20’ pavilion. Operation is seasonal from May through September.