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Gobble, Gobble: Get warmed up for Thanksgiving with a big cold scoop of pumpkin pie ice cream at Hank's Ice Cream Parlor [9291 Main, (713)665-5103]. Every creamy bite tastes magically like the real thing, sweet pumpkin custard fragrant with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice, and thickly studded with bits of toasted pecans. Owner and all-round nice guy Hank Wiggins has more Willy Wonka-ish holiday treats in store: Upcoming flavors include eggnog and peppermint and -- I can't wait! -- sweet potato pie. Hank's ice cream is available by the scoop (single $1.50, double $2.54, triple $3.79) in handmade cones, or carefully packed into pints ($3.95) and quarts ($6.98) to take home. No fair digging into it in the car!


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