My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for wanting ice cream when it's in the single digits outside, but I'm not the only one - last week, WFMZ ran a story on Ice Cream World in Allentown, which does a decent business during the coldest months of the year.

Anyway, my latest ice cream craving struck the last weekend of January. I wasn't in the mood for store-bought ice cream ... I wanted soft serve ice cream with reese's peanut butter cup crumbles, or maybe a CMP sundae, or a cherry gelati. And I was low on gas, so I had to find a place around New Tripoli. That's where I ran in to problems.

The only place to get a cherry gelati is Rita's, but they're only open during the summer. (Ironically, I don't crave gelatis in the summertime - weird, huh?)

As for soft serve options, there's Bear Rock Junction, but considering that's a mini golf course (my favorite in the region), they weren't open. Then there's the Northwestern Grill , with their many many flavors of soft serve, but they were closed too because it was recently sold to a new owner. That left Rollie's.

When I pulled into the parking lot of the strip mall where Rollie's is located, I swear I saw a beam of light shining down from the sky right over them and heard angelic music playing. Without having to wait, I happily got a reese's pieces sundae with vanilla soft serve ice cream to go and headed home.

The following weekend, the craving was back, so I hopped in the car and headed back to Rollie's. Once again, they were open and I quickly purchased a CMP with chocolate/vanilla twist soft serve.

Do you have a favorite place in Lehigh Valley to get ice cream when the urge hits?