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Creemee of the crop

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You might call Jim Breer a frequent flier at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier. He comes here for the maple creemee.

"This has a little tang to it and you know it's real maple syrup that's in it," Breer said.

He's even a card carrying creemee club member.

"The Morse Farm has the best maple creemees in the whole United States," Breer said.

"We have been told by an awful lot of people that our maple creemees are the best," said Burr Morse of Morse Farm.

And now it's official. Food Network Magazine picked the Morse Farm maple creemee as the best ice cream treat in the state of Vermont.

"We do make sure that every batch is just right," said Elliott Morse of Morse Farm.

Elliott Morse may be a big reason why. He's a bit of a creemee connoisseur, maintaining the creemee machine that churns out the award-winning sweet treats. He also maintains the family's secret recipe.

"No, I'm not going to get down to brass tacks on that," he said.

He only revealed it takes a lot of dark and more flavorful syrup.

But it might be Elliott's own sweetness that makes the dessert taste even better.

"They love these creemees," he said. "They go sit out front with smiles on their little faces."

Elliott's brother Burr runs the eighth-generation family sugaring operation. The farm has become a tourist hot spot and the world famous creemees are a big part of the draw.

"I ordered the maple creemee," said Henry Babbie, 10.

Henry and his family are visiting from Oregon.

"You should try this; it's sugary," he said.

Burr Morse says the recognition for his family's creemees is good news for Vermont's other sugar makers and the state's ever-growing maple industry.

"We don't have ocean, the tallest mountains, Disney World, but we have maple," he said. "Our maple is the best and well-known in the world. We have got to keep that right intact."

But for Food Network Magazine and regulars, like Jim Breer, it's all about taste.

"It's the greatest," Breer said.

He expects his card to be full soon-- just four punches to go.

"You better get one before you leave," he advised.

Oh, we did. And we brought some back for our friends at the station.

And it's not just a summertime treat; Morse Farm serves maple creemees year-round.

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