Classics in Roswell

This week, we head to the movies…nah, we get some frozen custard! Obviously!

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Classics in Roswell is a stand with a drive-through. It’s got an adorable, retro vibe and offers a variety of savory food as well as frozen custard.

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I went for the custard, of course, and paired it with hot fudge. Unfortunately, it has a very egg-like flavor that I found distracting. It’s the right texture though, and a good vehicle for toppings.

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I think I will be back to try the soups or chili, but if I’m craving custard, I will have to drive a few hours to Caliche’s. Or visit Sippy and Opal’s, my favorite ice cream within several hour’s drive!

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Finding Frost in Albuquerque

I don’t typically review gelato places, and I don’t typically review chains. But when I saw the exceptional reviews for Frost ABQ, it was time to make an exception. This is a fancy gelato chain hailing from Tucson. It’s in a nice, upscale mall location.Gelato, Frost ABQ, Albuquerque, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

When I told the server about my gluten intolerance, he was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I felt very confident putting in my order.

Overall, everything but the fruit flavors were super creamy. Honestly, the texture was excellent and really exceeded my expectations for how creamy gelato can be. It’s clear they’re using quality ingredients and know how to process them.Gelato, Frost ABQ, Albuquerque, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

The prices are as you’d expect for an upscale gelato place. I got three flavors in a very large cup for about $8 plus tax. They also semi-patiently indulged me while I tried half of the store. Gelato, Frost ABQ, Albuquerque, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Here’s what I got:

Cheesecake – This flavor isn’t gluten-free because they sprinkle graham cracker on top. So if you’re celiac or extremely sensitive to gluten, stay away. I tried a bite scooped from the bottom. I thought it was quite good, though not super rich, and definitely tasted like cheesecake.

Mint Chocolate – This is kind of an out of this world, transcendent, super minty flavor. It might make my top ten! I really enjoyed it.

Dark Chocolate – Oh my word. This is very rich and dark, smooth and just lovely. It’s creamy too, but mostly it’s just super smooth, dark, rich and decadent. You’ll find very occasional nubs of dark chocolate as well. This is better than the majority of ice creams and probably the best dark chocolate I have ever had. It was that good. The intensity is like fudge – but not the texture.Gelato, Frost ABQ, Albuquerque, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

Sea Salt Caramel – This is a lighter caramel flavor. It’s creamy and almost like a cheesecake. Wonderful, silky smooth and better than ice creams, with the sea salt making it pop.

Strawberries and Champagne – This is their store’s most popular flavor. It leads a bit with strawberries, but you definitely get the champagne flavor too. It’s refreshing and delicious. As I usually find with fruit gelato, it wasn’t quite as creamy as the others. This paired really well with the dark chocolate too.

The last three are the flavors I purchased. I honestly can’t recommend these folks enough. It’s some of the best gelato I’ve ever had, and possibly the best ice cream or gelato you’ll find in Albuquerque. Have some for me!

Enjoyed this? You might also enjoy reading about my visit to Pussycat Gelato.

Gelato, Frost ABQ, Albuquerque, NM | Ross and Jamie Adventure

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At Home At Sippy and Opal’s in Roswell

I went to Roswell, New Mexico for the aliens and for the yoga. (My husband plays live music for yoga classes. I take the classes, which can help burn off a few of my ice cream calories and is relaxing in any case.) But what surprised and wowed me was Sippy & Opal’s, an absolutely outstanding ice cream place in downtown Roswell.Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

This place is adorable. It’s named for the grandparents of the folks who founded it, and their pictures cover the walls.

You can expect reasonable prices, coffee drinks, baked goods and some exceptional ice cream. I can honestly say that this is in my top three best ice cream places in New Mexico. Don’t miss it!Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

They let me do multiple flavors, and if you get the largest size, you can get up to four half scoops of different flavors I believe. I went for three.

Another outstanding thing? They’ve got clear “GF” labels to tell you which flavors are gluten-free. So helpful!

Everything here is a little gooey and outrageously creamy. It’s one of the best and most consistent textures I have had!!!

Unlike many of my visits, I was able to return here a second time before writing my review, so there are lots of flavors to share. Here’s what I tried:Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Mint Chocolate Chip – These chips are fantastic. The mint is very good and not artificial, although it isn’t my favorite of all time. It tastes homemade.

Raspberry Habanero – This creamy raspberry flavor is delicious. The bites with pepper in it have a really nice kick.

Key Lime – This was almost like a key lime cheesecake. It’s a more subtle flavor and very tasty. You’ll need to love key lime to fully appreciate it. It has the tanginess of cheesecake. I was in heaven!

Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a ScoopGreen Tea – This has almost a marshmallow elasticity. It’s so good. Not too sweet, mostly creamy and the pure green tea flavor, but with no bitterness.

Caramel Macchiato – This has clear caramel and coffee notes. It isn’t super heavy or super sweet. There’s a delicious caramel aftertaste. It’s a similarly smooth and almost marshmallow texture to the base. Yum! It’s a subtle, sweet pick me up. I’d still prefer coffee, as a rule, but I love this.

Butter Pecan – This is a buttery base with thick, finally chopped pecans that are so yummy. It’s the perfect combo, and possibly the best I’ve had. Worth it!

Pistachio – This is very good, but I was only picking three. Next time I will do four. The largest size here is only $5 plus tax!

On my first visit, I ordered the first three I tried! In part because this place seems to always be busy, no matter the time of day. It was hopping at 2 pm on a Tuesday!

Don’t miss this place. Make a trip. You’ll be glad you did!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy Getting Ice Cream at Glacier.

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Best Gifts For Ice Cream Lovers

Everyone loves ice cream, but packaging it up for a birthday or anniversary may give you more of a mess than a thank you. And my brother’s solution, which was to Venmo me $50 and say go eat some ice cream, is absolutely amazing but also not the most visceral kind of gift-giving. So if you need some ideas on gifts for the ice cream lover in your life, this should get you started!

Note: Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you click and then purchase the item (or other items) within 24 hours, I’ll get a little monetary compensation as a thank you. So it’s a fun way for you to support my blog and the costs to maintain it!

For The Technical Foodie

Ever wish your ice cream bowl would stay cool for a long time – without making your fingers cold? This bowl is perfect for the technical ice cream foodie.

 

 

 

For The Ice Cream Shop Experience

If your sundae game is en pointe, this set will truly make it memorable and equal to the pros! I really want this for the extra long ice cream spoons, just like a visit to the ice cream parlor.

 

For Wedding and Anniversary Gifts

I love giving personal wedding gifts, and for the love birds in your life, married or not, these bowls are gorgeous. They’d also make a gorgeous setting for the sundae of your dreams. (I actually gave a couple of beautiful bowls as wedding gifts this past fall!)

 

 

 

For The Party Of Your Dreams

Having a special event? These polka dot bowls (available in LOTS of different colors) are as cute as it gets!

 

 

For Making The Best Ice Cream


If someone you love has an ice cream maker gathering dust, or just LOVES to make or even just eat ice cream, this book is amazing. It’s a gorgeous story of how their ice cream came to be, and they make the best ice cream in NYC, which is saying a lot. I love this book, and it’s got lots of their vegan recipes too (cashew milk base). Yum!

I hope these ideas get you started as you search for the perfect gift for the ice cream lover in your life. Thanks for stopping by!

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Discovering La Lecheria in Santa Fe

La Lecheria is a gem of a place in downtown Santa Fe. It’s true craft ice cream, handmade and sourced locally and without any preservatives. AKA my favorite type of ice cream, of course.

We walked in on a cold winter day and were delighted to find an assortment of creative and gluten-free flavors to choose from. Their portions are small, but very reasonably priced for a city at $3 for a single, $5 for a double or $7 for a flight like I settled on.Board at La Lecheria, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

The staff was incredibly generous. As I kept trying flavor after flavor, she made it clear that I had no obligation to buy and could just try every single one if I wanted to! I ultimately decided to leave a couple of flavors for next time (vanilla bean and Iconik coffee), but I was definitely tempted to try them all. I found all of them (minus one) very creamy and extremely satisfying. Here’s what I tried:Ice cream flight, La Lecheria, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Tahini White Chocolate – This has a bit of a nutty undertone, and the white chocolate was very subtle. It’s definitely a gentle flavor.

Mango Tamarind – The mango is very prominent here. The staff said it would be great with a little sea salt on it. That sounds pretty wonderful!

Miso Red Chile – This was really fun, but I didn’t find it super memorable.

Saffron Rose – This is definitely a prominent rose. It’s really delicious and creamy. Yum. This would be my preference over vanilla bean in general!

Green Chile – It starts spicy, then it’s creamy then after it’s spice again. I adore green chiles and I love this. It’s so creamy and I love the amount of sweetness. It only comes midway. It reminds me a bit of the green chile/cheese combo common in savory foods. It’s as great as I’d hoped.

Mint Chip – This has great chocolate with a touch of sweetness. You can taste the mint leaf. It’s a more natural version of the ice cream I love in Epcot. This makes my top three for mint chip, which is hard to do. Super super good. Epcot has the chocolate flakes, but this is amazing. It melts in your mouth and has just the right creaminess. This chocolate is real and deep and not too sweet and a nice size of chip too.

Chocolate Sea Salt- This reminds me of a darker chocolate mousse. It’s got the perfect touch of sea salt, just a bit. I found the consistency is almost of whipped cream! So light and frothy and kind of creamy.

La Lecheria is amazing. I still have tons to see in Santa Fe, but it’s currently my top recommendation. Eat and enjoy! Thank you, La Lecheria, I will be back soon! Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

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Mexican Ice Cream in Albuquerque

La Michoacana de Paquime, I will be the first to admit, was my first experience with homemade Mexican ice cream. Found in Albuquerque, it’s in a relatively small shop that also offers popsicles and a lot of savory Mexican fare.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I was nervous about the language barrier, since I don’t speak Spanish, so I did a quick google search so I’d at least know what the different flavors meant. (Especially an issue when you’re gluten-free.) I had absolutely no reason to fear – my server was easygoing and happy to serve me in English.

I tried several flavors and thought that two flavors in a small for $2.75 was an awesome deal. I went with a medium, and my husband went small. If you want an even smaller dish, you can pay $1.40 for a baby, and the sizes go up to $8 for a pint.

There’s plenty of seating inside, so be sure to come rain or shine, winter or summer. Here’s what I thought of the flavors, with the caveat that I’ve only had Mexican ice cream a couple of times at most:La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Guava – This wasn’t particularly creamy, but the guava flavor is super tasty! This reminded me of a typical, premium strawberry ice cream in terms of its texture. The fruit chunks were awesome.

Piñon (pine nut) -Wow! This was a super creamy base, with almost a hint of bubble gum in the sweet base, with pine nuts. It was also a touch of fruitiness. This was so good! Truly excellent. It reminds me vaguely of pina colada. I bet their pistachio is great too!

Chocolate – This was very smooth, with a light chocolate flavor. It’s creamy and not overly sweet. This is a good one for those wanting traditional flavors.

This place is great! One word of warning – there isn’t a public bathroom. So come prepared.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Thanks so much for reading! You might also enjoy reading about Kickin’ Back at Pop’s Sugar Shack.

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Ecco in Santa Fe

On a recent visit to Santa Fe, I stopped into Ecco Espresso and Gelato. They pride themselves on bringing fresh, natural and authentic gelato to Santa Fe.Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

They have a beautiful downtown location with plenty of seating and art on the walls. I found their staff friendly and almost all of their flavors were gluten-free, so I tried several and really enjoyed them. A Kids or small size is under $4, and they let me get a couple of flavors, so the prices weren’t too bad for gelato in a city. Here’s what I got:Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I adore the presentation of gelato!

Earl Grey Tea – I sure love this flavor in ice cream and gelato! The tea flavor was very forward here, just lovely. Obviously it was a lighter intensity than ice cream but this was excellent.

Nutella – This reminded me, a bit, of a chocolate shake crossed with Nutella. It was very satisfying, although it was subtler than some similar gelato I’ve had.

Pistachio – This is probably the most pistachio ice cream type thing I’ve had, ever. It’s just full of pistachio flavor with just a touch of cream and super good! Possibly a best, and definitely in my current pistachio top 3!Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Strawberry Habanero – Step one here is the creamy strawberry. After that’s about past, you get the big spicy kick of the habanero. This is a really satisfying dual flavor.

Panna – This is Italian sweet cream. It’s very subtle, like a sweet cream or milk flavor. I didn’t find it super memorable.

It looked like they carried several vegan flavors. Overall everything here was super smooth and pretty perfect for gelato. It was about as creamy as gelato can be!

I really enjoyed my visit to Ecco and will definitely go back when I’m in the mood for gelato. Thanks!

Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

If you enjoyed this, you might enjoy reading about a stop at my other favorite place for Earl Grey Tea!

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