Snow Days

Sundaes with Sue

Do you remember the blizzard of 1967?  In January of 1967 in a two-day span, Chicago and the suburbs were hit with 23 inches of snow!  I was just a small child, (LOL) I really was, I remember the snow came up to the top of our shed!  We could walk over our fence because there was so much snow!  Of course we had a snow day!  

Back in the day, to see if you were going to have a Snow Day, you had to get up early and watch WGN to see if your school was listed.  Snow Days meant staying home, playing in the snow and drinking homemade hot chocolate with marshmallows!  Snow days also meant you had an extra day to play with your Mom and Dad!

How will you spend your next Snow Day?  Will you stay in your pj’s all day and watch movies?  Maybe you will finally try that new recipe you’ve been too busy to try!  Watching each unique snowflake fall from the sky and rolling them all into a snowman is a wonderful option too!

You know what’s also fun to do on a Snow Day?Come into Suzy’s Swirl!It’s always warm at Suzy’s!Let Suzy’s Swirl be a part of your next Snow Day!Snow + Suzy’s = Awesome

Life in Review

 Sundaes with Sue

These past few weeks at Suzy’s Swirl our team has been working on adding new content and updating our website!  In reviewing all of our pictures and posts, so much has happened in 7 years!

I have been given the opportunity to ponder a few things, some personal some not! First and foremost, I will always have short hair, I’m not going to bother trying to grow it out, short hair is my thing!  Now that that has been decided, I was reminded of so many other happenings at Suzy’s Swirl!

 Our first group of Swirlers have graduated college and some have moved onto grad school!  We have hosted so many FUNdraisers for our community!  We were on Chicago’s Best with Brittany Payton for our Big Joe eating challenge!  (You can still see the interview and challenge on our Facebook page).  We have had numerous Girl Scout Troops earn their Small Business and Entrepreneur Badge!  There is so much more to come in 2019!

We all get so busy in our day to day life!  Every now and then it’s healthy to stop and reflect on our relationships, our lives both personal and professional.  When we stop to reflect it helps us provide insights into where we are going and who we want to be traveling with!

Happy New Year

Sundaes with Sue

Happy New Year Everyone!  We are 6 days into the beginning of 2019!

How’s it going for you?  Are you excited about all of the possibilities this year can bring?  Are you stressed out by everything that has to be done this year?  As I like to say, “focus on one event at a time – don’t get too overwhelmed by everything and always remember, this is just a moment in time!”  

I have always thought of the New Year as an automatic re-set button. It’s like I’m breathing in this fresh air for the first time and the chaotic-ness of the holidays is over, the clouds have parted and I can see clearly again!  I try to eat healthier, work out a bit more, get to bed earlier and be on time more!  

I’m really excited about 2019!  My daughter Jen will turn 30 and my other daughter Julie will turn 21! Suzy’s Swirl is going to be celebrating its 5th Birthday this year too! Many, many, many more exciting possibilities at the store too!  I am definitely going to be celebrating this year! 

I hope you will continue to celebrate all things big and small with us at Suzy’s Swirl!  I am excited about all of the new and exciting possibilities for the New Year! Don’t worry, we’ve got 359 more days to figure out 2019 – don’t be stressed – stressed backwards is Desserts!  

Desserts = Suzy’s Swirl

Good Bye 2018 – Hello 2019

Sundaes with Sue 

On this last Sunday of 2018, many of us are getting ready to ring in the New Year of 2019!  Many of us may be reflecting on all that happened this year!  Then automatically thinking about what our New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 will be!  

There are a few statistics out there about how successful people are with New Year’s Resolutions! One statistic says that 53% of Americans resolve to save more money in the New Year and another says that 40% of Americans resolve to lose weight or get in better shape!  Another statistic says that only 8% of Americans are successful with their New Year’s Resolutions! Yikes, so what are we all supposed to do???  

I suggest, trying a different way to set yourself up for success this 2019! Maybe a simple “reset” to your current goals and ambitions!  Give yourself some flexibility with your resolutions!  You may not be able to save $100.00 each week, but maybe you can save $25.00 each week!  Try to work out, maybe twice a week vs. each day!   Then as time goes on, you can figure out how to reach your goals vs. doing it all at once!  

A New Year’s Resolution that doesn’t cost you anything or take up any extra time is to just Be Kind to Others!  Done and Done!

As 2018 comes to an end and 2019 begins, Suzy’s Swirl wants to say Thank You to all of our great customers, supporters, family and friends!

It never goes unnoticed that you have chosen Suzy’s Swirl and we are grateful!  Suzy’s Swirl Wishes All of You a Happy and Healthy New Year!


Have a Swirling Great 2019!




We have 2 more days until the Jolly Fellow in the Red Suit arrives! Hopefully, you have everything ready to go and you can take a few minutes to relax!  If you are like me, you might still be scrambling to get that last minute gift, bake one more batch of cookies and get the house cleaned! 

I have found over the years that Christmas has become more about spending time with friends and family vs over the top perfect gifts!  A couple of years ago I told my kids that I am going to treat them like Baby Jesus at Christmas!  They each are going to get 3 gifts, just like Baby Jesus did!  Of course, I add a few little things, it seems to be working!  

I have also become like my mother at the holidays!  When my kids ask me what I would like for Christmas, I say, “Peace on Earth and Goodwill for Al!”  But it is really true!  Don’t we all want that??

Enjoy these next few days of wonder and excitement!  Try not to get too overwhelmed!  If you need a last minute stocking stuffer, Suzy’s Swirl Gift Cards are the perfect idea!

Have a Swirling Merry Christmas!

Christmas Traditions

Merriam-Webster Dictionary has one of the definitions of Tradition as, the handing down of information, beliefs and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction. 

Each year my Mom would make Christmas Cookies!  She used the recipes from her Mom’s Sugar Cookies, White Meringue with Mint Chips and Spritz Cookies!  My sister’s and I have continued this Tradition.  Each Christmas Eve, the Italian side of my family, has a dinner that includes the 7 fishes! I have a friend that makes Oyster Soup on Christmas Eve, just like her Great-Grandparents did!  

On Christmas morning, before anyone could go downstairs, my dad would have to go downstairs first!  He had to make sure that Santa had left the house and everything was ok!  I have continued that tradition, even now that my kids are all in their 20’s!

Traditions are a wonderful way for us to bring those memories of the past and celebrate them in the present!What are your Christmas Traditions? What will you hand down to the next generation? Whatever they may be, I hope they bring peace, joy and a smile to your face during this Christmas Season!

12 Days of Deals


The 12 Days of Christmas is a Classic Holiday Carol!  So Classic, that even the Muppets have sung the Carol. has estimated that it would cost $39,094.93 in 2018 to buy all of the gifts in the classic Christmas Carol!  An increase of $450.00 from last year!

This year Suzy’s Swirl would like to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with our customers!  It definitely won’t cost you 39K and it will definitely be much tastier!

Each Day, starting December 12th to December 23rd, Suzy’s Swirl be having a special bonus for our customers!  Balloon Popping Specials, Christmas Bow Bonus, Hometown Hero’s and Stuffed Animals = Stuffed Cups!  Check out our Facebook Page and Information in the Store to see what’s happening each day!

There won’t be any Turtledoves, Golden Rings or Maids a Milking at Suzy’s Swirl!  There will be Smiling Swirlers, Happy Customers and Swirling Sensational Flavors at Suzy’s Swirl!


Have a Swirling Merry Christmas!

Sundaes with Sue

Thanksgiving Blessings

As we approach Thanksgiving this week let’s all take a moment to reflect on what we are Thankful for! For me this year Thanksgiving has a new added element to it! I am personally Thankful that my sons, who live in Chico California, are safe and did not loose their home! They voluntarily evacuated their home, they packed up all that was valuable to them and moved to a safer area!

These fires in California, have given me a new perspective this Thanksgiving! What’s really important to me! It has made me look around my house and decide what I would take at a split seconds notice! What could you fit in your car and drive off with, knowing that you may never see your home again! Is it pictures, clothes, jewelry, baby books of my kids….. The thought of this makes me stop and take pause!

Way too many families in California had to do this last week! It will be 2 weeks this Thanksgiving, that hundreds of families in California lost their homes! At the same time, so many families are still searching for loved ones and hoping and praying that they will be found at one of the many evacuation centers!

This Thanksgiving as you gather with your family and friends be Thankful for all that you have! Try to keep your struggles and minor annoyances in perspective! When you say Grace before you dig into that perfectly browned turkey, say an extra prayer for all of the families in California!

Suzy’s Swirl wishes You and Your Families a Happy Thanksgiving!


25 Great Ideas for Who You Should Buy Suzy’s Swirl Gift Cards For:




Mail Person

Hair Stylist


Daughter’s Boyfriend

Son’s Girlfriend


Car Repair Person

Secret Santa

Birthday Person



Nail Technician

Local Pastor

Sunday School Teacher


Lawn Service Person

Bus Driver

Garbage Person



Random Act of Kindness

Finally - Don’t Forget About You!

Stop into Suzy’s Swirl November 16-23 for our Great Black Friday Gift Card Offer! Buy a Card and Get another Card of equal value for FREE! Gift Cards are a Great Gift for any Occasion, Any Person and Any Time of the Year!

Suzy’s Swirl Wishes You and Your Family a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sundae's with Sue

Celebrate Small Businesses

Did you know that it’s less than 2 months until Christmas? This is a great time to think about shopping at Small Businesses for your Christmas Gifts! It might take a little bit more time and effort, let me give you a few reasons why it’s so worth it!

First reason, isn’t it nice to walk into a shop, be noticed and welcomed? There are so many times during the holidays, that we rush into a Big Box Store and you feel like a no one, just another number at the deli counter! Try taking your time and shop at a Small Business, get to know the owner and they will so appreciate getting to know you! When was the last time you met the owner of a Big Box Store when you were shopping there, just a thought!

Second reason, when you are looking for a unique, one of a kind gift, shop at a Small Business. So many times I’m looking for something out of the ordinary as a gift. Maybe you are also looking for some kind of service or experience for a gift too! Look around your community and you will be amazed at what the community has to offer!

Final reason, Small Businesses need the communities support! These go getters, innovators, risk takers have opened their doors for all of us to try something different, stop in! Most Small Businesses are open year round! So, don’t just shop them during the holiday season, shop them year round! All of us at Suzy’s Swirl want to thank each and every one of our customers that walk through our doors! It is because of all of you, that we can continue to keep our doors open! Have a Swirling Great Holiday Season!

Sundae's with Sue


It’s that time of year when you can find everything Pumpkin! Pumpkin Pies, Cakes, Scones, Breads, Pretzels, Pancakes, Pasta, Coffee, Tea and of course - Frozen Yogurt Pies and Shakes!! Yum, Yum and more Yum!

Pumpkins come in so many different sizes, shapes and variations of colors! Did you know that the largest Pumpkin weighed 1,140lbs ? The word Pumpkin originated from the Greek word “pepon” meaning large melon. Pumpkins are 90% water. Who knew these interesting facts about the beloved Pumpkin!

My Grandma Wood made an amazing Pumpkin Bread every year - it makes 3 loaves, it’s amazing! Here’s her recipe: 3 C Sugar, 1 C Vegetable Oil, 2/3 C Water, 4 Large Eggs, 2 Cans of Pumpkin, 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp Nutmeg, 2 tsp Baking Soda, 1 1/2 tsp Salt, 3 1/3 C Flour (Mix all of the ingredients in the order listed.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees - Spray (3) Bread Pans with Pam - Divide Batter evenly into the (3) pans and cook for (1) Hour - Give 2 loaves away and keep 1 for You! Freezes well!

If baking is not your thing, let Suzy’s Swirl help you bring the taste of Pumpkin to your home. Suzy’s can make you a Creamy Frozen Yogurt Pumpkin Pie in either a Graham Cracker Crust or Oreo Cookie Crust and add Whip Cream to the top! Stop into Suzy’s Swirl and make a Pumpkin Shake or a delicious Salted Carmel Pumpkin Cold Coffee! Last but not least, Swirl a cup of Pumpkin Yogurt and top with Crushed Graham Crackers, Marshmallow Sauce and Whip Cream!

Enjoy this time of year when everything is Pumpkin! Try some new recipes with Pumpkin as the star! Use Pumpkins in your home as a vase for a fall flower arrangement! Don’t forget to try making Pumpkin Seeds (I’ve never mastered this - ever!!) Find some time to stop into Suzy’s and Swirl a cup of Pumpkin and add your own special toppings! Finally a Pumpkin Joke - How do you fix a gourd? With a Pumpkin Patch! Have a Swirling Great Week!

Thank You Notes

When was the last time you received a Handwritten Thank You Note? Next big question, when was the last time YOU sent a Handwritten Thank You Note?

I know I’m going to show my age with this topic, here goes! When I was younger, my mother required me to write Thank You Notes after my Birthday and after Christmas. Even if it was 2 poorly spelled sentences and not the best handwriting, I still had to do it! It was a way of showing my appreciation for the time, effort and thoughtfulness for thinking of me with a gift on those special days! My mother even went so far with the importance of Thank You Notes, that for my wedding (back in the 80’s) she addressed and stamped the Thank You Notes for me! I was married in September and they had to be mailed before Thanksgiving!

Fast forward to 2018 - Handwritten Thank You Notes, are nearly extinct! Technology has taken over and maybe you receive a group text or email thanking you! We use the excuse that we are so busy running to this thing and to that thing! I say let’s slow down for a few minutes and bring back the Handwritten Thank You Notes!! Let’s teach the Millenials and Generation Z the importance of Handwritten Thank You Notes! I think we can all agree, it gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to receive a Handwritten Note! Plus, it helps all of us to practice good handwriting when writing one! This holiday season, try bringing back the Handwritten Thank You Notes! I will - if you will! Have a Swirling Great Day!

Fall is Here!!

The signs of Fall have arrived! The leaves on the trees are starting to turn. There are mums in every shade of gold, purple and orange. Pumpkins are taking over the neighbors garden and Apples are ready to be picked! AHHH!! I love this time of year!

The Fall Season also brings much change! Changing from shorts to jeans, sandals to boots, tank tops to flannels and iced teas to pumpkin lattes! Change does not come easy to everyone. It can bring on anxiety, stress and being more tired! As I always like to say, it’s only a moment in time, enjoy it and try to tackle only one event at a time! Change can be a time for new beginnings, growth and fun!

One thing that will not change is Suzy’s Swirl! It will always be warm and friendly at Suzy’s Swirl! We will celebrate the change of the seasons with you! We are planning on Swirling Fall flavors of Red Apple, Cider Donut, Pumpkin and Espresso and more! Nothing sounds better then Swirling a Fall Cup at Suzy’s Swirl!

When the days start to get shorter and it gets a bit blustery out there, check out Suzy’s Swirl’s website and Facebook page for our in-store promotions! Let us relax together and enjoy a Fall Cup during this spectacular time of year! Happy Fall!

Take a MOMent!

Whoop Whoop it's May!!

May has come in with Warm Summer Winds, Budding of Trees and Flowers starting to Bloom!

There are so many celebrations in the month of May!  Prom, Spring School Concerts, Finals-UGH!, High School and College Graduations and most of all Mother's Day!

Mother's Day dates back to the 1870's when Julia Ward Howe wanted to establish a Mother's Peace Day.  Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a National Holiday, as an expression of our love and reverence for all Mothers!  

Truly, don't you think that Mom's Run the World?  Mom's are the decision makers of what's for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Mom's have the magic touch of healing boo boo's all the way to broken hearts, Mom's have a 7th sense of being able to find all things that are missing and Mom's really do have eyes behind their heads!

Enjoy this day with your Mom but don't forget, Aunts, Godmothers, Grandma's, Sisters and those who are Mother figures in your lives!  Celebrate with these special women at Suzy's Swirl on Mother's Day!  Swirl into Suzy's on Mother's Day and Mom's get a free cup (up to $5.00) from 11:00am - 6:00pm!  #Frozen Happiness

Happy Mother's Day from Suzy's Swirl








It's been 52 days since many of us came up with  New Year's Resolutions!  If most of you are like me, I don't even remember what my New Year's Resolution was!  How fast 52 days have come and gone.  But don't loose hope - Spring is in the air - there is plenty of time to reboot those Resolutions!

Between New Year's Resolutions and Lent many of us resolve to eat healthier, to work out and spend more time with family!  I have the perfect answer for you - SUZY'S SWIRL!!  Did you know that many of our flavors contain No Corn Syrup, No Artificial Flavoring and are Low Fat!  Plus we will be introducing an Almond Based Strawberry Yogurt - completely Vegan!  All Good and Good For You!

Spring is only 27 days away!  Spring into SUZY'S SWIRL to enjoy healthy and delicious flavors with your family!   We look forward to seeing you and as always, Have a Swirling Great Day!  


The Webster dictionary defines Thankful as; conscious of benefit received – for what we are about to receive makes us truly thankful, expressive of thanks – thankful service and well pleased – glad – was thankful it didn’t rain

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, what are you thankful for?

This year, first and foremost, I am thankful to be here – so simple!

I am thankful for my Friends and Family – these are the people that may not hear it enough!

I am thankful for Suzy’s Swirl – this is my happy place, where I am able to work with great people and meet awesome customers!

As we are all running around trying to find the perfect gift, standing in long lines and in traffic; take a minute to be thankful for the people in your life, the sales clerk and even the schmuck honking their horn at you!

Suzy’s Swirl gives thanks to Each and Every one of you!

Suzy's Holiday Spirits

Suzy’s Swirl is excited to debut the

Suzy’s Holiday Spirits Flavors

Moscow Mule, Pink Champagne, Blackberry Zinfandel, Crème De Menthe, Bourbon Caramel Gingersnap

Suzy’s Holiday Spirits lets you enjoy your favorite drink as a frozen treat!

How else can you enjoy Suzy’s Holiday Spirits;

Add a scoop of Moscow Mule to your favorite Mule

Turn your favorite Red Wine into a FRED – Frozen Red

Pour a Glass of Bubbly and add a scoop of Pink Champagne


Enjoy Suzy’s Spirits on its own

Make your next Holiday get together fun and unique

With Suzy’s Holiday Spirits!


Happy Holidays from Suzy’s Swirl!


The Smells and Taste of the Season

The holidays are that time of year that brings us back to the smells and tastes of our childhood!

It only takes a moment to remember the sweet smells of your favorite Christmas Cookies baking, getting your taste buds ready for the Chanukah treats and of course the Feast of the Seven Fishes!

What would go better with all of these festive smells and tastes?

Suzy’s Swirl Holiday Flavors!

Egg Nog, Cider Donut, Gingerbread, Pink Peppermint, Cannoli

Just to name a few!

This Holiday let Suzy’s Swirl add to the smells and tastes of the Season!

Happy Holidays!


A Swirling Great Five Years!

Suzy’s Swirl Gurnee – Closed August 20th

Suzy’s Swirl Lake Bluff – Open and Swirling!

Wow! What an amazing five years it’s been. For starters, thank you to the Village of Gurnee and ALL of our amazing customers for your unwavering support during this fantastic journey. We have enjoyed every moment and our partnerships with schools like Warren, Woodland and Viking.  Additionally, our partnerships with Gurnee Park District, Warren-Newport Library and so many clubs, associations and sports teams, have invaluable to us. 

Five years ago we had a dream and it became a reality in Gurnee.  Today, we have so many adventures still to come.  As our time in Gurnee comes to a close please visit our Lake Bluff location.  We have exciting promotional events planned throughout the Fall.  Beginning in September, we will be offering double loyalty points for every visit.

We are also excited to announce the beginning of SAFE (Suzy’s Angel Foundation for everyone), dedicated to providing grief support and resources for children and families who have lost a parent. This issue is near and dear to our hearts. Five years ago, our co-founder Sue Tierno lost her spouse and life partner, Joe, to heart disease. His unexpected death had a great impact on Sue, their four children and the future of Suzy’s Swirl. Joe played an integral role in the creation of Suzy’s Swirl and his memory lives on with our Big Joe Challenge. Every day we honor him and are grateful to him for the immense contribution he made in all of our lives.

While it was with great sadness we made the decision to close our Gurnee location, we did so with a renewed focus on the brand and on our commitment to the communities and family traditions that we have become a daily part of. Through our efforts to expand our catering line, launch new product rolls and internationally licensing our brand, our dedication to swirl goodness, greatness and gratitude remains true. Thank you and we will see you at our Lake Bluff location!

With Swirling Gratitude

Sue, Jen and Kathy

703 Rockland Rd, Lake Bluff