NEW BUFFALO — Oink’s Dutch Treat has been making New Buffalo sweeter since 1987, and this year ice cream season started early.

“We opened on Valentine’s Day weekend,” said Mike Shimanski, who is going into his third season as owner.

Oink’s was open on weekends until March rolled around and is now offering ice cream and other sweet treats seven days a week.

“We stay open on weekdays through Thanksgiving and weekends until Christmas,” Shimanski said.

In addition to 50 flavors of ice cream made by Ashby’s (flavors range from Michigan Pot Hole and Apple Crisp to Ultimate Peanut Butter Brownie, Lemon Cheesecake Bar and Jakced Up Tenessee Toffee), there are non-dairy, frozen yogurt and sorbet offerings.

Shimanski said they now offer cold brew coffee (based on beans from Red Arrow Roasters).

Oink’s also offers online ordering and electronic gift cards on its website (www.oinksdutchtreat.com) and accepts credit cards in the shop (which is filled with all manner of vintage ice cream and hog-oriented memorabilia). There’s also a walk-up window, and Shimanski said scoop-able ice cream was recently added to that area of the building.

The next-door Oink’s Chocolate Pig offers a large assortment of chocolate and fudge, candies, 40 flavors of Jelly Belly beans, and collectible items, such as piggy banks, toys, T-shirts, hats, and key chains.

Oink’s Dutch Treat hours are noon to 9 p.m. weekdays (11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), with closing time set to expand as sunset gets later.

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