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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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!

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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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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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Finding The Big Dipper

During a recent visit to Cheyenne, Wyoming, I got a craving for ice cream. Although there wasn’t any homemade ice cream there, it told me I could visit Big Dipper Ice Cream in Laramie for my fix. So the next week, I did just that.

Big Dipper is in a college town, and that seemed to show itself in the staff and students. The shop is adorable, with stools by the windows and some comfy seats for lounging, and the staff, while not forthcoming on their own, were friendly when I asked questions.

A sign told me I had to limit myself to trying only three flavors. Though that is always a bummer to see, three is more than two and certainly more than none, which I sometimes see in tourist towns, so I set out to choosing flavors.p.s. Thanks for supporting my blog by doing your usual online shopping via my Amazon affiliate link!

The staff told me I could get two flavors in one scoop, so that helped me with my decision.

Here’s what I went with:

p.s. Thanks for supporting my blog by doing your usual online shopping via my Amazon affiliate link!Chocolate – The chocolate ice cream here is very rich and dark. It’s full of flavor and very satisfying.

Watermelon Sorbet – This was fun, if you like sorbet, but it wasn’t anything special. It has the icier quality typical of sorbets.

Wyoming Black Bear – This is a pretty rich raspberry base with decent chocolate bits, and it’s very satisfying. The chocolate chunks weren’t the best, but they were okay, and Ross enjoyed the base a lot.

Chocolate Covered Marshmallow – This is a simple, refreshing and fairly creamy base, probably vanilla. The chocolate covered marshmallow mix-ins were very fun.

Grapefruit – This was the surprise win of the night! It’s super grapefruit-y, perfect if you love grapefruit like me. It’s so creamy! I interrogated the staff about how it could be so creamy if it’s sorbet, but they said it must be the stirring process. This is wildly awesome and blows the average sorbet out of the water. Smooth and delicious.

Despite the signage for gelato, they didn’t have any gelato in stock while I was there. The ice cream felt a little pricey, but the portions made it fairly reasonable.

I am so glad I got to visit Big Dipper. They have very tasty ice cream, even if it didn’t stop me in my tracks, and I love their downtown location. Plus, the grapefruit sorbet may be the best sorbet I have ever had!

Thanks, Big Dipper. If you’d like to read about my adventures getting ice cream in nearby Fort Collins, I wrote about gelato here and ice cream from Walrus and Emporium.

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Big Dipper, Laramie, WY | In Search of a Scoop

Five Places For Amazing Chocolate Ice Cream

I love unique ice cream flavors, as you may know, but when it comes to classic ice cream flavors, chocolate is hard to beat. I will often try chocolate ice cream at a new place and use it as my quality reference: if they can’t do chocolate, they probably can’t do anything else either.

Here are some of my favorite places for delicious chocolate ice cream!

Pumphouse Creamery, Minneapolis, MN

If you’re looking for a great cup or pint in Minneapolis, you should run, not walk, to Pumphouse Creamery. Not only is this stuff the creamiest and most flavorful around, but it’s actually their dairy-free, coconut milk-based chocolate ice cream that completely blew my mind! Super smooth, kind of a Dutch chocolate, and you’d never know this was dairy-free. While you’re there, eat every other flavor you can get your hands on, especially their cinnamon trio.

Pumphouse Creamery, Minneapolis, MN | In Search of a Scoop

Pumphouse Creamery, Minneapolis, MN

Jeni’s, Charleston, SC

You can of course visit Jeni’s in a variety of locations across the country. And you should. But I can personally attest that the Darkest Chocolate flavor at Jeni’s is rich and well worth a scoop. Their other chocolate options were tasty, but this one is truly memorable.

Emack & Bolio’s, Albany, NY

Emack also has other locations across the country (and the world) but it was in their Albany location that their Chocolate Moose ice cream blew my mind. I highly recommend this, their Pumpkin, and everything else you can fit in the bowl.

Gelato Fiasco, Brunswick, ME

Okay, it isn’t technically ice cream, but their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt is one of the best chocolates I’ve tasted. They also have several other locations, including a new one in Florida. This is dark, rich and the sea salt makes it pop. Honorable mention goes to Gelato & aMore in Fort Collins, CO for their own chocolate gelato.

Gelato Fiasco, Brunswick, ME | In Search of a Scoop

So many flavors from Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick, ME, including their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.

L’Artisan des Glaces, Epcot (France Pavilion), Kissimmee, FL

This chocolate is perfect and perfectly delightful, especially when you pair it with their (best I’ve ever had) mint chocolate ice cream. Only catch? If you include the cost of admission into Epcot, it’s the most expensive one on this list. But if you’re visiting Disney World, do yourself a favor and go here. Honorable mention goes to Ample Hills (which has a location on the Boardwalk and therefore doesn’t require park admission) for their Dark Chocolate flavor.

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Getting Ice Cream at Glacier

I recently spent some time visiting Boulder, Colorado, and Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato was one of the absolute highlights. In the next few weeks, I will profile your homemade ice cream options in Boulder. Here are my thoughts on Glacier.

First off, it’s very reasonably priced, with fairly large portions and an offer to combine flavors in a dish. (Gelato is a bit more expensive, which makes sense to me.) There was ample indoor and outdoor seating, and the staff was friendly and attentive, even as we tried tons of flavors. Here’s what we thought about it all!

Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Pralines and Cream: Each element is right on. It’s got the sweetness and the right texture for each component. Delicious.

Cappuccino Chocolate Chip: This was so good! The base is so strong and fabulous. Just like a cappuccino…really like the best Frappuccino out there, to be specific. The high quality miniature chocolate chips are perfect. This is definitely in our top ten, and maybe close to our top five, for this type of flavor.

Double Chocolate: Wow. This is so smooth. It’s dark and almost smoky, like a dark brownie batter. Almost a whiskey finish Ross said…There was a tiny bit of bristle, but mostly it’s super smooth, like the other bases here. This ranks in the top ten.

Vermont Maple Honey: This has a pretty strong maple flavor. It could use a touch more, but the brightness due to the honey is awesome. Plus, it’s smooth and creamy!

Raspberry Chocolate Melt: This is a very awesome combo…the chocolate reminded me of Oreo in its texture.

Chocolate Hazelnut: This one is outrageously creamy! Delicious. Like an expresso.

Glacier Ice Cream and Gelato, Boulder, CO | In Search of a ScoopOverall, we found the flavors here extremely smooth, more like a gelato than an ice cream, but with the creaminess you’d hope for in an ice cream. Next time I will have to try their gelato.

Odd fact – there’s a newer Glacier, same name, in Denver, apparently of no relation. Bizarre, right? Anyone know that story?

I joined their birthday club and will be back next week I hope. Thank you, Glacier!

Stay tuned for my thoughts on other ice cream places in Boulder, Colorado. And if you need a refresher, here’s how I felt about Walrus and Gelato & aMore in Fort Collins.

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