Last fall I was so blessed to help organize and plan a retreat for myself and three friends in the Richmond, VA area. As you can imagine, an essential element of any retreat I plan is ice cream, and Charm School Social Club fit the bill.
It’s an adorable spot in the heart of the city, full of charm and of course ice cream and treats. The decorations are sweet, it has a spacious, old-fashioned parlor feel, and they were extraordinarily friendly. During our visit (pre-COVID), they patiently allowed us to try about a million flavors.
This is a spot with tiny wooden spoons, interesting free sprinkles and cone pieces, and “toasted fluff” that they use a blow torch for.
This spot is FUN in capital letters. Currently, due to COVID, their hours and offerings are extremely restricted, so be sure to visit their website before you go.
Here’s what we tried:
Vegan Horchata – This is a coconut milk based ice cream, and it’s super creamy, sweet, and spiced perfectly! This is a smooth ice cream that’s pretty darn fabulous.
Vegan Rocky Road – Also a coconut milk base, this ice cream has a deep chocolate flavor, with amazing fluffy marshmallows. While it doesn’t have the creamy texture I’d prefer, it’s a nice option if you like the coconut base.
Salty Caramel – This is more subtle than I would prefer, but I really loved the salty and sweet balance here.
Raspberry Almond – This is a very tasty, natural blend of raspberry and almond flavors. Surprisingly, this was less creamy than the vegan horchata! The bites of almonda re very nice. I loved the base, which wasn’t too sweet and tasted like milk or cream. It’s so delicious.
Other popular flavors with my group included Fruity Pebbles and Cookies and Cream.
Pricing: One scoop with one flavor is $4, $5.75 for two flavors, and the sundaes are very cute and only $6.50.
Overall, we found the vegan flavors a bit creamier and smoother than the regular flavors, and their ice cream with mixins wasn’t particularly creamy.
I’d especially recommend the vegan horchata, but there’s lots to love here at Charm School.
Have you visited Charm School? And if not, what would you want to try first?
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