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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A Boulder Brief

Well, it’s been a very, very busy week for ice cream here in Colorado. To celebrate our wedding anniversary, my husband and I spent a night in Boulder. Being our silly selves, I did some research and found three homemade ice cream places worth a scoop, so in about twenty seven hours, we managed to visit three parlors – plus a bakery for a gluten-free cupcake!

I will have my full report on each place in the coming weeks. Suffice to say that I’m full and Boulder is a great place for ice cream!

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Laven, Lavender, Lavendest

Although lavender ice cream may not be at your local ice cream shop yet, it’s gaining popularity in cities and even smaller towns across the United States. Here are four places to find some delicious lavender ice cream.

4. Lavender Vanilla, Isabella’s, Tucson, AZ

 

Ice Cream, Isabella's, Tucson, AZ | In Search of a Scoop

A dish of ice cream from Isabella’s in Tucson, AZ. Photo by InSearchOfAScoop.com.

Isabella’s is a charming ice cream shop that carries a variety of interesting flavors alongside more traditional ones. Although this wasn’t the strongest lavender I’ve sampled, it’s very enjoyable, and the store is adorable!

3. Lavender Vanilla, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Orlando, FL

 

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A sampler at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream in Orlando, FL. Photo by InSearchOfAScoop.com.

This was the strongest lavender I’ve had. It’s a prominent lavender alongside a nice vanilla. I recommend this flavor in small doses, but it’s very fun.

2. Bee’s Knees, Beth Marie’s, Denton, TX

 

Two ice cream dishes, Beth Marie's, Denton, TX | In Search of a Scoop

Three flavors at Beth Marie’s in Denton, Texas. Photo by InSearchOfAScoop.com

I loved this, finding it “gentle and buttery and lovely”. I think you will too!

1. Lavender & Honey, Jordan’s Creamery, Belmont, NH

 

Lavender and three more at Jordan's Creamery, Belmont, NH | In Search of a Scoop

Four flavor sampler at Jordan’s Creamery. Photo by InSearchOfAScoop.com

Unfortunately this isn’t yet a regular flavor at Jordan’s. It was a part of one of their monthly samplers, which involve purchasing a paddle and then showing up monthly for four samples of their latest concoctions. There was almost a heat from the lavendar, and the honey was just the perfect compliment to it. With the creaminess of ice cream and the flavor of lavender, you can’t go wrong with this.

Have you ever had lavender ice cream? If so, where did you try it, and how did you like it? I’m crazy about lavender and have a hard time resisting it when I see it on a menu.

Thanks for reading, and let me know where your favorite place for homemade ice cream is. I travel the country to find delicious ice cream and report back to you!

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Erin McKenna’s Bakery, Orlando

This week, I’m mostly straying from the pattern by covering Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Orlando, Florida! This is absolutely the place to go for people with food allergies and sensitivities and if Mark Bittman says they have the best donuts in the world, who am I to argue?

Erin McKenna’s can also be found in N.Y.C. and L.A., and it prides itself on being gluten-free, nut-free (besides coconut), dairy-free, soy-free and egg-free. It’s all vegan and it’s all delicious!

Eliza’s Bakery, Orlando, FL | In Search of a Scoop

Honestly, the soft serve is my least favorite of their offerings. When I bought this, it cost $7 for a large, though it did come with toppings – I got caramel and brownie. The toppings make it really fun, but as someone who can tolerate dairy, coconut milk soft serve just tastes like a decent soft serve yogurt.

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The bakery, which is located at Disney Springs, the shopping destination at Disney World, is tiny, with only two small tables outside and none inside. But there’s beautiful outdoor seating on the water just a few feet away, and trust me – it’s all about the food here.

Be warned that these doughnuts don’t keep well; your best bet is to eat them quickly or refrigerate them.

They also offer cookies, cupcakes and cupcake tops, teabreads and much more.

Eliza’s Bakery, Orlando, FL | In Search of a Scoop

Oh. And they also have bagels! My only wish is that they’d carry smoked salmon or smoked salmon cream cheese. The bagels and the fake cream cheese are delightful!

So if I didn’t make it clear, the next time you’re at Disney World, you should visit Eliza’s. And if you have food allergies, this is your new favorite place. You’re welcome!

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