Fresh, Raleigh, NC

Fresh is an adorable place for ice cream in the Raleigh area. The location I visited is a really cute ice cream stand, with some seating and cornhole out back for when the weather is nice.

It’s in a strip mall complex, so parking is plentiful.

The employee who served me wasn’t overly friendly, but she was very accommodating, letting me get two flavors with a small and try whatever I asked for. The prices were reasonable, without an obvious hike due to being in a city.Fresh, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Lots of ice cream options here.

I was happy to see they offer four to go flavors in a flight for $13.49, and they offer sundae kits for parties.

I was surprised by the lack of gluten-free flavors, but those I could have were clearly labeled on the menu – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen that! It made me really happy, and frankly it helps to make up for less than warm service.

Here’s what I tried:

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Spiced eggnog and Dutch chocolate were divine!

Salted Caramel Brownie – I didn’t get the brownie in my bite, but the caramel wasn’t my favorite flavor. It had a nice consistency though.

Spiced Eggnog – This was so good! It tastes just like an eggnog with nutmeg and maybe some rum. It’s a delicious flavor, quite creamy. A real winner. I’ve never had better eggnog ice cream!

Dutch Chocolate – Wow, this was perfect. Smooth, creamy and the perfect level of richness for Dutch.

I highly recommend Fresh for locally made, super tasty ice cream. It’s not a sit down, super friendly situation, but if local ice cream is your focus, it’s hard to beat!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like reading my review of Treat in downtown Raleigh.

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A unique and very functional location.

Treat

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How cute is this street sign?

Treat is an adorable ice cream shop in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Although they don’t make their own ice cream, they carry Maple View Farm, a local company, and they take their ice cream very seriously. They also offer coffee and a few other light options.

According to the owners, the ice cream is made by people who moved to North Carolina from Maine.

Be sure to check their hours: if you’re visiting in the winter like I did, they don’t stay open late. But I highly recommend a visit here, where you’ll enjoy great service, reasonable prices (especially for a downtown location, it’s quite cheap!) and some epic sundae options. Treat, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I tried:

Praline – Wow. There is a darkness to this, a prominence to the flavor that’s fantastic. Yum.

Honey Roasted Almond – Quite nice. Not the best I’ve had in this vein, but it’s really nice even if it doesn’t reinvent the wheel.

Peppermint – This is now one of my favorites, with a softer peppermint flavor I really enjoyed. It’s close to top 5 for me. It’s not one note, with a real creaminess plus the peppermint…kind of keeps evolving as you eat it.

Chocolate – This is a classic darker chocolate. Akin to chocolate pudding.

Cinnamon – It reminded me of a delicious fall dessert. Complex. Not my dream smoothness but an excellent dessert.

Coffee – I had high hopes, but this actually wasn’t my favorite style of coffee. Good, but not in the Brigham’s etc. category. The owners are clearly proud of this, and my family enjoyed it, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.

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Treat is hard to beat in downtown Raleigh for ice cream!

Maple View Farm ice cream is appropriately rich and creamy. The owners at Treat are as friendly and welcoming as it gets. Stop by for a bite, and tell them In Search of a Scoop sent you!

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A La Mode in NYC

Hi all! I recently visited A La Mode during a trip to New York City, and I was delighted to see that despite the sign out front about a birthday party, they were willing to serve me ice cream! They also carry some retail projects and ship their ice cream, which was free of many common allergens.

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Since I couldn’t go inside to try flavors, I had to order three scoops! Here’s what I got. They also threw in a baby bonus scoop on top so that I could try another flavor, without me asking! Cutest presentation ever and I am loving this type of serving cup for ice cream.

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Here’s what I got:

Partly Cloudy – Blue cotton candy ice cream with white chocolate chips. I thought they nailed the flavor pretty perfectly, and the chips are really tasty!

Speed Bump – Their version of rocky road has a deep chocolate base with chocolate and white chocolate chips. Yum!

Vanilla – Classic and tasty. Not the creamiest but I enjoyed it a lot.

Chocolate – Quite tasty, with a classic, deeper richness.

Although this wasn’t the creamiest I’ve had, the flavors were made with great ingredients and the service here was absolutely perfection. Go! Especially if you’ve got a kid.

Also, we met a wonderful couple and their son while we were here. If you’re reading this, thanks for the wonderful conversation and for taking a photo for us!

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Enjoying Ice and Vice

Ice & Vice is a New York City is an experimental ice cream shop, with several locations and pop-ups and a taste for ultra-premium and “edgy” ice cream.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

During a recent visit to New York City I was happy to see a location near me. When we arrived, we mentioned gluten-free and I was shocked when the employee informed me that nothing in the store was gluten-free. Although I knew that was possible, and I always expect cross-contamination, it still shocked me that such a fancy place wouldn’t have any gluten-free options. But he insisted and so we left.

After we got outside, I did some digging online and found their delivery menu through a third party. On that website, flavors were clearly labeled gluten-free or not, just as I had expected.

With my newfound knowledge, we headed inside to order ice cream. They had eighth flavors available in this small and simple (and popular) location.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what we tried:

Tea Dance – Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, salted caramel – This is really great! If you enjoy tea, this is a complicated and not too sweet flavor.

Shade – Smoked dark chocolate, caramelized chocolate ganache – Oh my word. This is wildly delicious. It’s as outrageously awesome as you’d hope.

Basic B – Mexican vanilla, Black Sea salt – This was basic but very tasty. It paired well with Shade and is good for those with pickier palettes.

The prices here are typical for New York. Expect to pay $8-10 if you’d like multiple flavors and want to leave a tip. You can also experiment with adding pie, making it an ice cream sandwich or going for a sampler, kind of pricey at $12.

This ice cream is outrageously creamy. I imagine a dish will run you a ridiculous number of calories and fat grams and such. But if you’re going to treat yourself to ice cream, I can’t really recommend these folks more highly! Just do your research if you’re gluten-free.

Enjoyed this? You might also reading about my visit to High Point Creamery in Denver.

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Discovering Mt. Desert Island, Maine

Mt. Desert Island is an ice cream company based in Bar Harbor. I’ve always heard great things about them, but I was delighted to experience it for myself during a visit to their Portland, Maine location last week. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Due to a busy schedule and a very busy store, I couldn’t try my ideal, wide range of flavors. But I really enjoyed the flavors I did get to try.

They’ve got some pretty original and unusual flavors, but there are a few classics in the midst if you want to play it safe. Here’s what I had:Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Bay of Figs – This was creamy and sweet and full of fig flavor. The texture was very good. If you like figs, you’ll enjoy this. For my taste, I’d recommend pairing it with another flavor.

Kulfi – This is an absolutely epic pistachio dessert. It’s a delicious take on the dessert itself and I could have eaten this for days. Such a treat if you like pistachios!

This is fun and quirky stuff, artisanal with smaller portions and higher prices but worth it.

Apparently the Obamas visited on vacation which got them some extra press! I hadn’t realized that until after my visit, for the record.

I loved my visit to Mt. Desert Island and look forward to the next one.

Happy eating! And if you enjoyed this, maybe you’d like to read my review of Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick?