Finding Gelato and More in Fort Collins

When you pass an adorable gelato place, you should stop in. Especially if reviewers say it’s a homemade gelato place. And when you’ve recently had a less than stellar homemade ice cream experience, and you’re in a new city for a while, it’s probably time to cleanse your palate of that underwhelming taste in your mouth with some delightful, homemade gelato.Gelato & aMore, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

We are currently within walking distance of Gelato & aMore, a fabulous Italian restaurant with homemade gelato and desserts plus a variety of pastas, sandwiches and pizza. (They also offer spaghetti squash as a pasta option!)

Ross did try a slice of pizza and enjoyed it, but we focused our visit on all of the gelato. All of it.

Gelato choices at Gelato & aMore, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a ScoopThe staff was very patient with us, letting us try whatever we wanted and having a great conversation too. Here’s what we sampled:

Pistachio – This is very good, creamy and a forward flavor. Very tasty.

Amarena Cherry – I haven’t had these cherries before! It’s a very distinct, darker cherry that pairs well with the super creamy base. I enjoyed pairing it with chocolate and butter pecanTwo scoops, Gelato & aMore, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Passion Fruit – So delicious! It’s vegan, though I confess I’m not sure if it was. sorbet or made with a vegan milk option. In any case, the tart and creamy combo is delicious, a definite winner, and the passion fruit sauce on top is fabulous.

Butter Pecan – Wow! This is the brightest butter pecan we’ve had. It’s so strong and fun…and the pecans are toasty and delicious!

Three scoops, Gelato & aMore, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a ScoopChocolate – This is so rich and creamy. I think it’s the best chocolate gelato I’ve had. It reminded me of the inside of a Lindt chocolate truffle, although the texture is a bit different of course. (Not that fudgy.)

The prices were very reasonable. We got a two scoop and a three scoop for less than ten dollars with tax.

There’s only one table inside, but that was enough for us. 🙂

Other tips: If you can handle gluten, there are some very creative ice cream sandwich type options, perhaps to share with a friend. (Churro gelato? Spumoni ice cream sandwich? Yes, please.) Also, pistachio and chocolate pair extremely well together.Three scoops, Gelato & aMore, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

This stuff is great. It’s super creamy, which is rare for gelato.

It’s all great. Highly recommend. We will be back for more Italian goodness…soon!

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Walrus Ice Cream in Fort Collins

My latest ice cream adventure was in Fort Collins, and it’s an adorable location worth visiting. Not only is there a local ice cream options in Fort Collins, but there is gelato and frozen custard as well, and with Boulder and Denver nearby, I have lots of local ice cream options to try within an hour or two of here. I’m glad I’ve got all summer to check it all out.
Outside View of Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Outside View of Walrus Ice Cream. Love the bright colors and the Gluten-Free sign!

Walrus Ice Cream proudly offers a gluten-free menu and has options for vegans too. I love seeing all of that. Ice cream for everyone, I say! On my recent visit, there was a long line to order, but it moved very, very quickly, and our server was both extremely efficient and also extremely attentive. He let me try whatever I wanted too.
Menu at Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Menu at Walrus Ice Cream

The sizing at Walrus is the first of its kind I have seen. Although you order a single, double or pint, that seems like a guideline rather than a hard size. For instance, I ordered two flavors, and they were willing to combine them into a single dish if I wanted. The trickiest part, for the purchaser, is that you ultimately pay by the ounce, so the price of your ice cream will vary not only by the size you order, but by the number of flavors and how clever/conservative your server is. In any case, the price of the ice cream came to about $12 for the two of us with tax, which felt like a decent price for a single and a double in a bigger city. A little bit pricey, perhaps, but I wasn’t expecting cheap and I wasn’t shocked.
They also offer a few frozen yogurts, which I look forward to trying. Cotton candy yogurt sounds delicious!
Overall, I found the ice cream here to be consistent and pleasant, a touch harder than my preference, but it was reasonably creamy and not too icy. Here’s the breakdown of what I found by flavor.
Two scoops from Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, Co | In Search of a Scoop

Ross enjoyed a scoop of Jack Chip and a scoop of Caramel Sea Salt.

Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Jamie went with Swiss Dark Chocolate and Sweet Cream Butterfinger.

Swiss Dark Chocolate – Swiss dark chocolate is an interesting description. It’s not all that dark, in the scheme of things, but it’s really pleasant and does have a darker profile than milk chocolate. I found it to be almost like chocolate milk. I got a scoop of this.
Chocolate Mint – This has more chocolate at the front end, more mint at the back end. It’s a great combo and they’re both pretty prominent. This flavor was slightly creamier than the others I tried.
Caramel Sea Salt – This is a fairly subtle flavor. It is pleasant. Ross got this one (without trying it first), and it’s a bit creamier than most of their flavors that we tried. This is one of their top two flavors.
Sweet Cream Butterfinger – I found the “sweet cream” base to be pretty vague. Again, it’s pleasant…I just could have used more flavor here. But you can’t go wrong with butterfinger, so the butterifnger made this. I got a scoop of this one too.
Jack Chip – This is fun, but it’s a lot more subtle than I expected. The chocolate is very nice (it’s the Swiss Dark Chocolate), and then they add chocolate chips and Jack Daniels to that base. This is one of their top two flavors. Ross got a scoop of this one.
Overall, I found the ice cream pleasant but not exciting. With the possible exception of Chocolate Mint, I wanted more flavor in all of the bases. Everything was pretty nice, but just more bland than I prefer. I don’t need my ice cream to be sweet, but it needs to have a strong presence, and I just wasn’t feeling that here.
From my research, Walrus seems to be the only homemade ice cream place in Fort Collins. There is also homemade gelato, which I will review soon i am sure. Because this is the only ice cream made here, I will definitely return at least once in hopes of finding some other flavors to get excited about.
Have you tried Walrus Ice Cream? What’s your favorite order?
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The Ice Cream Vice, or Vice Is Nice

As you probably know, I focus my blogging on local, homemade ice cream places, but when I was offered the opportunity to sample Vice Ice Cream, I couldn’t resist. Vice Ice Cream markets themselves as “the unapologetically indulgent ice cream brand that has gained a cult-following for its decadent, playful flavors such as Breakfast in Bed, Toffee Wife and Afternoon Delight”.

They reached out to me, offering to send a few pints of ice cream to sample. Who says no to ice cream? Not this kid. Most of their flavors are full of glutenous deliciousness (cookies, brownies and the like are common), but they have two flavors without any added gluten. (If you’re celiac or highly sensitive to cross-contamination, you’ll want to skip them all.) I requested the two flavors I could eat, and I recommended a third flavor for Ross, my husband, to sample.

It turned out that the “few” pints promised were actually six! Two of each of the three flavors. Rather than enjoy all the alcoholic ice cream solo, I decided to have an ice cream tasting with our friends. (This same group had shared a whiskey and a wine tasting with us in the past, so it felt especially appropriate.)

As a result, I have feedback to share from three additional friends – Gypsy, Scott and Beth – as well as Ross and myself. Thank you to Vice for the samples and to my friends for sharing their feedback! (I wasn’t compensated or even asked to blog about these, but the ice cream was provided by them, so buyer beware. These pints can be purchased in your local supermarket if you’re curious.)

L'Orange, Vice Ice Cream | In Search of a Scoop

Orange and chocolate combine in this flavor from Vice Ice Cream.

Flavor #1: L’Orange a Trois: Vanilla ice cream with orange ripple, dark chocolate chunks, white chocolate chunks and milk chocolate chunks.

We liked this one. One person said, “This is what you need to make a creamsicle drink”, and people liked the orange and chocolate pairing. Ross’ father would love this.

I found the chocolate to be pretty high quality. The orange ripple was a pretty fake but fun taste, like you’d get in a chocolate orange. The ice cream was quite creamy, like a Breyers. It’s definitely like a creamsicle. One person said it’s like the consistency of the ice cream in a creamsicle….not super creamy, but it’s very nice and melts in the mouth well.

L’orange was refreshing, like a spring blossom, according to one taster. Beth really doesn’t like orange normally, but it reminded her of chocolate oranges. (It also makes sense that it wasn’t my favorite thing because I’m not a huge chocolate orange person).

Breakfast in Bed from Vice Ice Cream | In Search of a Scoop

Breakfast in Bed from Vice Ice Cream

Flavor #2: Breakfast in Bed: Maple ice cream with chunks of sticky bun dough, pecan praline and a touch of cream cheese.

This is the one that I couldn’t eat, because of the gluten in the sticky bun dough. There isn’t a lot of maple flavor, although you can taste it. The pecans were prevalent, which is great if you like them, and the cinnamon bun is really good, although there isn’t a lot of it. This was also a very smooth ice cream. There’s a buttery hint to it – one person said it was almost like a buttercream chardonnay!

Ross thought it was fun, but wished the flavor was more consistent overall. Perhaps if the cinnamon had been more consistent? Only the maple and nuts were consistent.

Most of us couldn’t taste the cream cheese, but a few people thought they got a subtle hint of it. It’s an ambitious ice cream that didn’t really hit the mark.

Flavor #3: Bourbon Mash: Vanilla ice cream with whisky bourbon-caramel swirl and chocolate chunk mix-ins.

This was the favorite, by far! The bourbon ripple is delicious and the aftertaste is really satisfying. The caramel has a bit of saltiness, which is awesome. We all enjoyed how high the number of mixins was. It’s not overwhelming, though – it’s a perfect balance.

I didn’t think the chocolate was brilliant, but it’s satisfying and doesn’t take away from the bourbon showcase.

Scott described the combo as almost a bit of citrus at the end – it’s actually a bit reminiscent of the first in that way.

Bourbon drizzle sitting on top of the container is so good!

Bourbon Mash ripple, Vice Ice Cream | In Search of a Scoop

The bourbon ripple is delicious!

Bourbon Mash from Vice Ice Cream | In Search of a Scoop

Bourbon Mash from Vice Ice Cream

Bourbon Mash, Vice Ice Cream | In Search of a Scoop

Bourbon Mash is the first one out of the cooler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much to Vice for the chance to try your products. We highly recommend Bourbon Mash and would encourage you to have your own tasting session when you’re in the mood for some crazy, no holds barred ice cream.

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