A Cafe Treat from Noosa

Noosa may be known for their delicious (and sweet!) yogurt, but when I learned their plant was near Fort Collins, CO, I made visiting their local cafe, on site at their plant, a priority.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

The cafe specializes in coffee and tea drinks and offers a lot of options to customize a sandwich or bagel, plus they offer a few other specials. They carry some fun non-dairy milks, including oat milk. You can also purchase their own yogurt, milk (including root beer milk), eggs and a few other items that seem chosen for their own staff. They also offer several sweet options and carry gluten-free goodies too.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

On a quiet day, I headed to the cafe to try their own soft-serve ice cream, at the recommendation of a friend.

I was surprised to see that they don’t list the prices for sandwiches, bagels and most baked goods. I’m sure I could have asked, but I always prefer to be able to find that information for myself.

They offer soft serve chocolate, vanilla and a twist option. Watch carefully for your order because they may not announce when it’s ready.

I thought the prices were kind of cheap! I went with a twist. They charge $2 for a cone or $2.50-$3.50 for a cup.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a ScoopThe ice cream was very smooth. It tastes very fresh, and I imagine it doesn’t use a lot of preservatives. It wasn’t super rich, but it’s very pleasant. If you love soft serve, I’d rate it an 8/10. However, they also make shakes (which are also cheap), so those are probably worth a try too.

I do recommend eating inside (there is no outdoor seating) to avoid the smell of cow dung.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

This cafe is out of the way, and you may lose cell service entirely, but if you are looking for a fun escape for a treat near Fort Collins, definitely visit Howling Cow Cafe!

For another cafe at a dairy, you can read about Hopkins Farm Creamery in Delaware. Thanks for reading, and have a scoop this week!

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Riding High in Denver

I recently returned to Denver, which meant another opportunity for some homemade ice cream. After a stop at the zoo for God Save the Cream, I went to my most anticipated Denver stop: High Point Creamery.

There are tons of places to get ice cream in Denver, and if you ask why I chose this one, all I can say is it was a combination of reading reviews and intuition. By the time I arrived at one of their several locations, I was eager to get started. I do love ice cream!

I began by trying several flavors, which can feel indulgent on a busy evening. My friend Melanie quickly sampled and chose Tin Cup Whiskey with Pistachio Brittle for her double scoop (a small). After a couple of tries, got one of that and one Earl Grey with Shortbread. And I, of course, got the ice cream flight, which gets you five scoops and a topping in an adorable wooden tray.High Line Creamery, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Here are the flavors we tried:

Earl Grey with Shortbread: Ross enjoyed this a lot. It’s a fun alternate to coffee and the shortbread made it even more interesting. However, this very tasty ice cream wasn’t in the same league as the Earl Grey from Van Leeuwens in New York City.

Coconut Creme Brûlée: This fabulous and fun flavor is both vegan and gluten-free. It would have been a fun and exciting stand-alone flavor if you enjoy coconut.

The remaining five flavors were what I got in my flight, and I paired them with hot fudge.High Line Creamery, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Salty Dog Chocolate: This is a lighter chocolate with a bit of sea salt. It reminded me of a classic chocolate shake in its flavor and maybe even its smooth texture. It’s not going to shock you and it’s very enjoyable. Especially with hot fudge.

Rose Gold: This is strawberry and rose with white chocolate ganache. I found that the bites seem alternately floral and fruity. I really dug this. It’s an experience. Not bad with hot fudge.

Chamomile with Strawberry Swirl: I honestly thought this was a grownup version of rainbow sherbet. Ross found it almost like a lemon cake, which I get. It wasn’t quite as smooth as some other flavors.

Tin Cup Whiskey with Pistachio Brittle: I found all the elements here super tasty. It’s crunchy and delicious brittle. Perfect pairing and it’s all awesome. Great texture for ice cream here! This one definitely stole the show.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon: This is heavy on the cinnamon; the sweetness is great but I don’t know if it stands out as brown sugar particularly. I am in love with this! It’s super smooth and still had a touch of graininess, perhaps due to the brown sugar? Surprisingly good with hot fudge.

The hot fudge itself was a grainier, high end chocolate that they either make themselves or order from a high end chocolatier. It’s very tasty and a thinner consistency than your average hot fudge. Yum.

Prices here were very reasonable for a city. $4.25 for two scoops, $5.25 for three or if you need a flight it will cost you $9.25.

High Point Creamery was well worth a trip. There were several addition wacky and normal flavors I never got to try. Definitely a great place to visit in Denver!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy my reviews of Sweet Action and God Save the Cream in Denver.

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God Save the Cream in Denver, CO

On a recent visit to the Denver Zoo, trusted friends informed me that we should be sure to visit the BBQ food truck for a meal and for their delicious, artisan ice cream. Being no fools, we did exactly that, and got to sample God Save the Cream, a Denver company bringing their small batch ice cream to the area.God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Unlike a more traditional ice cream shop, there were limited flavors, and we didn’t want to monopolize the counter by trying all of them. We were impressed that in addition to the five listed flavors, they had an additional three seasonal flavors, and all of them sounded amazing. Between the two of us, my husband and I got to taste some great flavors. I went with a double scoop and he went for a single, and at $5.49 and $4.29, the prices felt very reasonable for a scoop or two in a bigger city.

Here’s what we thought of God Save the Cream.God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Berry Cobbler – According to Ross, this has a base similar to cheesecake, with very tasty cherries and a crumble that resembles a good graham cracker crust. The focus is on the base and the cherries (it’s very good), with the crumble complimenting those flavors without overpowering them. Ross found the base almost cake-like, and tangy.

God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a ScoopHoney Smoked Vanilla – This wasn’t the creamiest base, but it’s very nice and pleasant, and I found it creamy enough. Honey and a smoky flavor makes for a fun accent with the vanilla.

Chocolate – The color looks light, but this is actually deep and dark, packing a punch like BBQ! This was a wow experience for sure. It’s super smooth and creamy, and it’s in the running for the best chocolate I’ve ever had! It’s seriously epic. So glad I tried this one.

It’s definitely worth visiting their website to find a scoop of God Save the Cream near you. Have some chocolate ice cream for me!

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In Praise of a Store Brand

Just a quick note, today. I love finding homemade ice cream in my travels. Going out for ice cream is literally one of my favorite things. But my budget and my waistline don’t allow me to go out every day. And much as I may try to convince myself to make other choices, I just love having ice cream every night, so I usually do.

I have a lot of favorite ice cream brands, including Tillamook, Gifford’s and Breyer’s. But I’ve really been enjoying trying store brands! It’s an easy way to save money, and often it’s really good too!

At Walmart, of all places, we discovered the tastiness of the cheekily named Hashtag Chocolate. And at King Soopers/Kroger’s, we’ve found that while their peppermint and mint ice creams aren’t worth the time of day, their chocolate-based ice creams, of all sorts, have really knocked it out of the park. Be sure to try French Silk – it’s outrageously indulgent. On the East Coast, we’ve always enjoyed Hannaford ice cream and frozen yogurt.

I’d love some insight into which companies make store brands for the respective stores. I’m quite curious, and I wonder if it varies by flavor.

Also, pro tip: if you’re prone to eating too much ice cream, get some adorable tiny ice cream bowls. That way you can stuff them to the brim and feel indulgent.

Do you ever get store brand ice cream? And do you have any favorites to share?

Return to Sweet Cow

I don’t often give a second review to a place, but there’s an exception to every rule, right? Honestly, I’m not revoking my original review by any means. But my husband and I were in Boulder, Colorado and he wanted to return to Sweet Cow (rather than Glacier, which was our overall favorite in Boulder), and since I’d already returned to Glacier, I was happy for an excuse to visit Sweet Cow. Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

We went to a different location than last time (not quite as large but with the same awesome merchandise), and we tried several new to us flavors. Here’s what we sampled: Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Hammonds Peppermint Bark – This was delicious and would be an awesome winter flavor. Peppermint was on pointe here, and the giant chunks of chocolate and white chocolate are high quality and very tasty. I’m not sure it all came together as one, particularly, but if you like peppermint and chocolate, there’s nothing to complain about here. It’s very tasty.

Bourbon Corn Flake – Obviously this has gluten in it, so only Ross tried it. He really enjoyed it. The bourbon flavor is subtle, but he found the cornflake texture to be somewhere in between soggy and crispy, and thought that was just right. Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Comida Horchata – Based on the drink, popular in Spain and Latin-American countries, this is rice-based with almonds and cinnamon and it was truly delightful. Ice cream texture was super creamy, basically perfect, and both Ross and I loved it and got a scoop. It was also surprisingly refreshing for summer – I would have imagined it would be heavier somehow.

Pica’s Watermelon Sorbet – I don’t know who Pica is, and I didn’t think to ask. But Boulder has a Mexican restaurant and if it’s the same Pica, I need to go there. This sorbet is so good! Keep in mind that I love watermelon, but Ross only likes artificial watermelon flavor (he thinks the fruit is too bland), and he actually loved this too. I found it to be a heightened, real watermelon taste. It’s so great! It’s a truly excellent texture for a sorbet, and it’s ridiculously refreshing. I got a scoop, which almost never happens when I’ve got real ice cream flavors to choose from!

Boulder is so lucky to have several great ice cream options. Homemade ice cream is the best, and you will do very well at Sweet Cow. This go around, the consistency was better than last time, so it does seem to vary somewhat from flavor to flavor.

Have you tried Sweet Cow? If you missed my first review, it’s here. And you may also enjoy reading about Glacier or Heifer and the Hen in Boulder.

A Quick Trip For Custard

As you know, I’m all about the ice cream, but the extra creaminess (due to the eggs) of custard is tough to resist.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve made two visits to local chain Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard here in Fort Collins. I highly recommend it!Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

First off, I don’t review burgers. But this West Coast burger was delicious, with the perfect amount of melty cheese, tasty beef patties, sauce and all well-wrapped in lettuce since I don’t do gluten. In my memory, it stands up to the best of fast food burger options.

But I bet you’re wondering how the custard was? Of course.Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

I’ve had it two ways. The first time, I had the custard (it’s vanilla of course) and I had hot fudge on top. The second time, I had hot fudge mixed in. Both ways are delicious. I’m especially fond of the latter – it’s like an even more indulgent version of a chocolate shake. Or if you just stir a hot fudge sundae a lot. (It’s so good that I can almost forget how hard it is to get good hard ice cream here!) Can you tell I enjoy hot fudge? Does anyone not, actually? Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Good Times is delightful fast food. Maybe it’s like Dairy Queen with better sourced food and less grease. Yum!

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