Striving for Scrumptious in Longmont, CO

As I’ve been documenting, there’s a lack of great homemade ice cream in Fort Collins, CO and the surrounding area. In search of some, I eagerly drove to Longmont (one of our favorite towns currently) to try Scrumptious, a local ice cream place that also carries ice cream in the Denver area.

I went in full of hope, and the place itself is really cute. My favorite thing was all of the spectacular artwork hanging on the walls – and yes, it’s for sale.

Unfortunately the service was really subpar during our visit. One of the employees was visibly showing her annoyance as we decided what we wanted and asked for a few samples. A second employee also contributed to the feeling that they would rather not be serving us. Because of the service, we felt rushed and unwanted, honestly. The sign also said that you can only try two flavors. Seriously? I usually try at least four or five before choosing. It made me order less than I would have otherwise – who wants to just name a third flavor and hope it’s okay? I did ultimately choose one blind though.

Here’s what we thought, flavor by flavor. I’m sorry we couldn’t try more of them. Scrumptious, Longmont, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Mint Chip – This tastes like toothpaste with chocolate chips. Surprisingly, it’s not the worst mint chip I’ve had. But skip this.

Blackberry Ginger – I found this kind of subtle and a really nice combination of flavors. It’s very creamy. It had a stronger flavor than Walrus in Fort Collins, but I still think I’d enjoy it more if it was a bit stronger or brighter. Perhaps it wasn’t really enough of either flavor? Maybe having one more prominent would have made it better?

Chocolate – This is extraordinarily smooth. It’s like a classic chocolate pudding in texture and definitely in flavor. I found it refreshing and different. Ross found it weird. Scrumptious, Longmont, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Whisky – This is very creamy and tastes like whiskey, but it’s very subtle. I’d enjoy caramel or toffee with it, but they don’t do toppings here. I enjoy it, and it has a great texture, but it could use stronger flavors. When the bottom gets melts, it tastes like a Bailey’s liquor…it was Ross’ favorite part. It would make an amazing shake. It would be great with chocolate sauce too.

This place is trying very hard to be different. And maybe a little snooty. I realized during this visit that the attitude of the employees had an overly large role in determining my feeling about the ice cream, much as I try to taste impartially.

The portions here are very large. You have to get a medium if you want two scoops, and it’s really pretty huge, though it goes down easily.

In addition to wishing they didn’t act so impatient, I could have used more flavor and less subtlety.

And toppings would be nice.

One other fun thing? They have a mystery flavor with whatever they throw in that week. Not for those of us with food sensitivities, of course! They do offer shakes, a giant ice cream sandwich and ice cream sliders. All of which sound fun.

Nothing we’ve had in Colorado has beaten out Glacier so far. And I just visited Walrus a third time, confirming it’s less than exciting to me. But the employee are nice!

Have you had any great ice cream lately? And what did you think of my recent three part series on Boulder ice cream?

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Heifer and the Hen

As you may recall, when I visited Boulder in June, I visited three different homemade ice cream spots. After enjoying a scoop at Glacier and Sweet Cow, my final stop was Heifer and the Hen, an organic creamery, and one with only one location, rather than multiple like both Glacier and Sweet Cow.

Heifer and the Hen, Boulder, CO | Ross and Jamie AdventureI really enjoyed my visit to Heifer and the Hen. It’s a beautiful and modest location with indoor and outdoor seating, and it reminds me a bit of the local restaurant Fresh Thyme in terms of their bravery with flavor combinations. They make bold choices with fresh ingredients and clearly don’t worry about catering to the average ice cream fan. They’re super creative, and I’d truly be thrilled to try all of their seasonal flavors.

On the other hand, the ice cream here isn’t perfect. They’re still figuring them out. I found that the ice cream fell apart quickly. But the flavors themselves were ridiculously delicious, and though this was the priciest of the three Boulder spots, I felt my one scoop (with two flavors) had a decent portion.

Here are the flavors that I tried, and what I thought of them:

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Golden Milk – This one is fun, subtle and sweet with a warmth to it.

Burnt Honey – This has a super strong honey flavor. I will never tire of the sweetness. So tasty.

Mint, Basil and Chocolate – This is a basil and mint base with chocolate chunks that have a little sweetness to them. It’s a really fun combo. It’s a refreshing take on mint for sure, though the mint does get lost a bit with the other flavors. It’s creative, if it didn’t wow me.

Cajeta – This is goat’s milk caramel. It was subtler then I expected. I found it super pleasant and tasty to pair with the blackberry tart.

Blackberry Tart – The blackberry flavor is really pure and natural, a touch sweet. I really dig it. There’s no gluten here; it gets the name because the blackberries are tart, not because of a crust or anything like that.

Spicy Cherry Chocolate – This has a bright, forward cherry flavor; it’s almost artificial-tasting, to me. The spice came later, and it’s very strong. The chocolate was fairly subtle against the cherry. I think I liked the idea of this a bit more than the actual execution.

I really enjoyed my combination of cajeta and blackberry tart, and I definitely recommend this location for ambitious foodies looking for something more original than chocolate or cookies and cream. Although they’re still working out the kinks, the less than perfect consistency isn’t enough to stop me from returning to see what else they’ve cooked up. Keep it up, Heifer and the Hen! And thank you.

(If you missed my prior posts, be sure to read up on Sweet Cow and Glacier, my favorite of the Boulder ice cream spots.)

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A Sweet Treat at Sweet Cow

As you may recall, last week I shared my review of Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato in Boulder, Colorado. It was actually the first of three ice cream places during my visit! My second stop was Sweet Cow, another popular place with multiple locations in Boulder.

Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Sweet Cow also allows you to combine flavors in your cup. Thank goodness! Their ice cream wasn’t as creamy as Glacier’s, but it was creamy enough. It also had a touch of graininess to it, which reminded me of Vicki’s in Silver City, New Mexico.

The prices here are cheap, although the portions weren’t huge. But it felt ample.

Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I thought of the individual flavors:

OXO Coffee – This is for a real coffee lover. You can really taste the granules and the whole coffee drinking experience. This is very different from Brigham’s, my standard go-to coffee ice cream. It has so much oomph! It’s amazing. Like a strong cappuccino. I love that it lets the bitterness of the coffee shine over the sweetness. The sweetness is there to balance it. This is delicious, but only get it if you love a strong coffee flavor.

Dutch Chocolate – This is pretty smooth, more so than other flavors here, but still with a touch of graininess. It’s a beautiful middle range chocolate. Like I’d expect from a Belgian Chocolate …it’s a really delicious chocolate. This is worthy of my top ten so far.

Adobe Chocolate – This doesn’t have a ton of initial flavor, but afterward the heat comes. It’s very fun, though it probably doesn’t make my top five of spicy chocolate ice creams.

Fruity Pebbles – Ross tried this because of the gluten. He said it tasted good, but the cereal wasn’t crunchy, so he wasn’t interested in it.

The Big Lebowski – This is a White Russian flavored ice cream. It’s delicious!

NY Cheesecake – This is exactly what Ross hoped it would be, to pair with the big Lebowski. He said the chunks of cheesecake are really good. (Alas, none for me.)

They also have a few vegan flavors, plus sorbets. And they have absolutely amazing merchandise! We were definitely tempted even before we tried the ice cream.

Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a ScoopSweet Cow has fun playing with flavors and creates a great atmosphere. Thank you, Sweet Cow!

Want to hear about other ice cream in the area? Try my article on Glacier. And for a trip to the past, here’s what I thought of Minneapolis’ Pumphouse Creamery.

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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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Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC

Donuts On A Stick was not the first donut place on the Outer Banks; the most well-known would be Duck Donuts, with several locations of their made-on-the-spot donuts and coffee. But being gluten-free, I got very excited when I read an ad for Donuts on a Stick and it mentioned gluten-free donuts. So we had to make a trip.

Donuts on a Stick Entrance, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

When we arrived, we learned that we would have been better off calling in our order a day prior, to request a gluten-free donut. Lucky for me, they had one left. They also make homemade chocolate chip and french vanilla ice cream (plus soft serve), and they carry some standard premium flavors that they don’t make themselves.

We both ordered a single size homemade chocolate chip ice cream. We found it milky, with a light base, and with delicious, not too sweet mini chocolate chips. It was a hard texture, but it melted easily in the mouth. We enjoyed it a lot and appreciated the effort at homemade ice cream. (Was it our favorite ice cream on the Outer Banks? No. But it’s well-worth it if you’re in Duck!)Chocolate Chip ice cream, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Of course, we wouldn’t want to visit without a donut!

Donuts on a Stick Entrance, Duck, NC | In Search of a ScoopI got a gluten-free donut with fudge and bacon for toppings. The gluten-free donuts are made daily. It was an excellent cinnamon-y, cakey donut with delicious fudge and warmed up, super tasty, if average quality, bacon. They add the toppings of your choice on the spot and it was so delicious.Two donuts, Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Ross went with two (they’re smaller) chocolate peanut butter donuts, and he found the base, which is made on the spot when you order, similarly cakey and excellent. Ross’ donut was the donut to beat, according to him. It came right out of the fryer. The outside got crispy when it was fried. Just awesome. He found the peanut butter excellent, although the chocolate was “fine”. He thought two donuts was the perfect size. It’s easy to eat these with the provided fork, but they’re too messy to eat on a stick.

(If you’re wondering, we later visited their competitor, who doesn’t carry a gluten-free option. Ross enjoyed their donuts a lot, as well as their coffee. But they couldn’t beat Donuts on a Stick.)

We love the homemade ice cream option here, and the donuts are out of this world. It’s an affordable treat, with $12.60 total for two ice cream and two don’t orders. The donuts are very filling, and the warm toppings are delicious.

If you were wondering, the next time we returned here, I got a donut sundae and Ross got a donut ice cream sandwich.Donut sundae, Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

I went with a Cinnamon Roll donut, with vanilla glaze, cinnamon and sugar as part of my sundae. Ross went for a Pancake donut, with syrup, butter and light powdered sugar.

Donuts on a Stick is probably our absolute favorite place to eat on the Outer Banks. It is highly recommended as a stop during your vacation.

Enjoy, and call ahead if you’re gluten-free or vegan! Head here to learn more about our favorite spot on the Outer Banks for soft serve (it’s custard and it’s amazing). And to read about our favorite place for hard ice cream and ice cream cakes on the Outer Banks, head here. 

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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

 

Sampler at Kelly's Homemade, Orlando, FL | In Search of a Scoop

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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