Cottonwood, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

I don’t usually review places without homemade ice cream, as you know, but when a recent visit to Cottonwood at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wowed me, I thought, what the heck? There’s a lot to love in this little stand, generally open for several hours on museum days. The signage is great and tells you if each flavor is gluten-free or not. Ice cream here is surprisingly affordable for a museum, with a pretty big double scoop running $4.50 plus tax. Not enough? Add another scoop for a dollar! Cottonwood, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ | In Search of a Scoop

I also loved seeing the small spoons made of renewable wood.

They carry a really diverse list of flavors. Everything from Dreyer’s and Blue Bunny to flavors I hadn’t heard of before can be found here.

They’re also happy to let you try a flavor. Here’s what I got!!

Cottonwood, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ | In Search of a Scoop

Brown Sugar with Saigon Cinnamon (Chef’s Line) – Wow. What a flavor, right? I think it’s sweet enough, especially with the cinnamon, and super creamy. What a lovely brown sugar base. Yum! It reminded me of the idea of a pumpkin pie spiced drink or ice cream. Think pure cream and sweet with the lunch of cinnamon.

Mint Chip (Glenview Farms) – Nice. The chocolate here is very finely chopped. It’s s great texture and a classic flavor.

If you need something special, consider trying a fun prickly pear drink – you can even combine one with vanilla soft serve!

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of my favorite places in the world, and I’m happy to know I can get tasty ice cream here too!


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