A Cafe Treat from Noosa

Noosa may be known for their delicious (and sweet!) yogurt, but when I learned their plant was near Fort Collins, CO, I made visiting their local cafe, on site at their plant, a priority.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

The cafe specializes in coffee and tea drinks and offers a lot of options to customize a sandwich or bagel, plus they offer a few other specials. They carry some fun non-dairy milks, including oat milk. You can also purchase their own yogurt, milk (including root beer milk), eggs and a few other items that seem chosen for their own staff. They also offer several sweet options and carry gluten-free goodies too.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

On a quiet day, I headed to the cafe to try their own soft-serve ice cream, at the recommendation of a friend.

I was surprised to see that they don’t list the prices for sandwiches, bagels and most baked goods. I’m sure I could have asked, but I always prefer to be able to find that information for myself.

They offer soft serve chocolate, vanilla and a twist option. Watch carefully for your order because they may not announce when it’s ready.

I thought the prices were kind of cheap! I went with a twist. They charge $2 for a cone or $2.50-$3.50 for a cup.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a ScoopThe ice cream was very smooth. It tastes very fresh, and I imagine it doesn’t use a lot of preservatives. It wasn’t super rich, but it’s very pleasant. If you love soft serve, I’d rate it an 8/10. However, they also make shakes (which are also cheap), so those are probably worth a try too.

I do recommend eating inside (there is no outdoor seating) to avoid the smell of cow dung.

Howling Cow Cafe, Bellevue, CO | In Search of a Scoop

This cafe is out of the way, and you may lose cell service entirely, but if you are looking for a fun escape for a treat near Fort Collins, definitely visit Howling Cow Cafe!

For another cafe at a dairy, you can read about Hopkins Farm Creamery in Delaware. Thanks for reading, and have a scoop this week!

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Riding High in Denver

I recently returned to Denver, which meant another opportunity for some homemade ice cream. After a stop at the zoo for God Save the Cream, I went to my most anticipated Denver stop: High Point Creamery.

There are tons of places to get ice cream in Denver, and if you ask why I chose this one, all I can say is it was a combination of reading reviews and intuition. By the time I arrived at one of their several locations, I was eager to get started. I do love ice cream!

I began by trying several flavors, which can feel indulgent on a busy evening. My friend Melanie quickly sampled and chose Tin Cup Whiskey with Pistachio Brittle for her double scoop (a small). After a couple of tries, got one of that and one Earl Grey with Shortbread. And I, of course, got the ice cream flight, which gets you five scoops and a topping in an adorable wooden tray.High Line Creamery, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Here are the flavors we tried:

Earl Grey with Shortbread: Ross enjoyed this a lot. It’s a fun alternate to coffee and the shortbread made it even more interesting. However, this very tasty ice cream wasn’t in the same league as the Earl Grey from Van Leeuwens in New York City.

Coconut Creme Brûlée: This fabulous and fun flavor is both vegan and gluten-free. It would have been a fun and exciting stand-alone flavor if you enjoy coconut.

The remaining five flavors were what I got in my flight, and I paired them with hot fudge.High Line Creamery, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Salty Dog Chocolate: This is a lighter chocolate with a bit of sea salt. It reminded me of a classic chocolate shake in its flavor and maybe even its smooth texture. It’s not going to shock you and it’s very enjoyable. Especially with hot fudge.

Rose Gold: This is strawberry and rose with white chocolate ganache. I found that the bites seem alternately floral and fruity. I really dug this. It’s an experience. Not bad with hot fudge.

Chamomile with Strawberry Swirl: I honestly thought this was a grownup version of rainbow sherbet. Ross found it almost like a lemon cake, which I get. It wasn’t quite as smooth as some other flavors.

Tin Cup Whiskey with Pistachio Brittle: I found all the elements here super tasty. It’s crunchy and delicious brittle. Perfect pairing and it’s all awesome. Great texture for ice cream here! This one definitely stole the show.

Brown Sugar Cinnamon: This is heavy on the cinnamon; the sweetness is great but I don’t know if it stands out as brown sugar particularly. I am in love with this! It’s super smooth and still had a touch of graininess, perhaps due to the brown sugar? Surprisingly good with hot fudge.

The hot fudge itself was a grainier, high end chocolate that they either make themselves or order from a high end chocolatier. It’s very tasty and a thinner consistency than your average hot fudge. Yum.

Prices here were very reasonable for a city. $4.25 for two scoops, $5.25 for three or if you need a flight it will cost you $9.25.

High Point Creamery was well worth a trip. There were several addition wacky and normal flavors I never got to try. Definitely a great place to visit in Denver!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy my reviews of Sweet Action and God Save the Cream in Denver.

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God Save the Cream in Denver, CO

On a recent visit to the Denver Zoo, trusted friends informed me that we should be sure to visit the BBQ food truck for a meal and for their delicious, artisan ice cream. Being no fools, we did exactly that, and got to sample God Save the Cream, a Denver company bringing their small batch ice cream to the area.God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Unlike a more traditional ice cream shop, there were limited flavors, and we didn’t want to monopolize the counter by trying all of them. We were impressed that in addition to the five listed flavors, they had an additional three seasonal flavors, and all of them sounded amazing. Between the two of us, my husband and I got to taste some great flavors. I went with a double scoop and he went for a single, and at $5.49 and $4.29, the prices felt very reasonable for a scoop or two in a bigger city.

Here’s what we thought of God Save the Cream.God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Berry Cobbler – According to Ross, this has a base similar to cheesecake, with very tasty cherries and a crumble that resembles a good graham cracker crust. The focus is on the base and the cherries (it’s very good), with the crumble complimenting those flavors without overpowering them. Ross found the base almost cake-like, and tangy.

God Save the Cream, Denver, CO | In Search of a ScoopHoney Smoked Vanilla – This wasn’t the creamiest base, but it’s very nice and pleasant, and I found it creamy enough. Honey and a smoky flavor makes for a fun accent with the vanilla.

Chocolate – The color looks light, but this is actually deep and dark, packing a punch like BBQ! This was a wow experience for sure. It’s super smooth and creamy, and it’s in the running for the best chocolate I’ve ever had! It’s seriously epic. So glad I tried this one.

It’s definitely worth visiting their website to find a scoop of God Save the Cream near you. Have some chocolate ice cream for me!

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Return to Sweet Cow

I don’t often give a second review to a place, but there’s an exception to every rule, right? Honestly, I’m not revoking my original review by any means. But my husband and I were in Boulder, Colorado and he wanted to return to Sweet Cow (rather than Glacier, which was our overall favorite in Boulder), and since I’d already returned to Glacier, I was happy for an excuse to visit Sweet Cow. Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

We went to a different location than last time (not quite as large but with the same awesome merchandise), and we tried several new to us flavors. Here’s what we sampled: Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Hammonds Peppermint Bark – This was delicious and would be an awesome winter flavor. Peppermint was on pointe here, and the giant chunks of chocolate and white chocolate are high quality and very tasty. I’m not sure it all came together as one, particularly, but if you like peppermint and chocolate, there’s nothing to complain about here. It’s very tasty.

Bourbon Corn Flake – Obviously this has gluten in it, so only Ross tried it. He really enjoyed it. The bourbon flavor is subtle, but he found the cornflake texture to be somewhere in between soggy and crispy, and thought that was just right. Sweet Cow, Boulder, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Comida Horchata – Based on the drink, popular in Spain and Latin-American countries, this is rice-based with almonds and cinnamon and it was truly delightful. Ice cream texture was super creamy, basically perfect, and both Ross and I loved it and got a scoop. It was also surprisingly refreshing for summer – I would have imagined it would be heavier somehow.

Pica’s Watermelon Sorbet – I don’t know who Pica is, and I didn’t think to ask. But Boulder has a Mexican restaurant and if it’s the same Pica, I need to go there. This sorbet is so good! Keep in mind that I love watermelon, but Ross only likes artificial watermelon flavor (he thinks the fruit is too bland), and he actually loved this too. I found it to be a heightened, real watermelon taste. It’s so great! It’s a truly excellent texture for a sorbet, and it’s ridiculously refreshing. I got a scoop, which almost never happens when I’ve got real ice cream flavors to choose from!

Boulder is so lucky to have several great ice cream options. Homemade ice cream is the best, and you will do very well at Sweet Cow. This go around, the consistency was better than last time, so it does seem to vary somewhat from flavor to flavor.

Have you tried Sweet Cow? If you missed my first review, it’s here. And you may also enjoy reading about Glacier or Heifer and the Hen in Boulder.

Robin’s Nest in House of Windsor, CO

Do you ever have a day where, despite every attempt, you’re just off? Things don’t go as expected, you can’t stay calm and happy despite a wonderful and fun day….this Wednesday I had one of those days. My husband and I had set out to explore a nearby town in Colorado, and as part of our adventuring, he had done his due diligence to find us a place to get ice cream during the visit.

When he told me about it (it sounded like a very cute diner), I was sorry to inform him that I’d already researched it and the ice cream wasn’t homemade. But, I’d heard good reviews, and I was happy to stop in anyway.

When we arrived, my awkward headspace combined with the lackluster ice cream offerings (but great other offerings) and my husband, seeing my disappointment, said hey, would you rather go somewhere else? Let’s go somewhere else. I apologized and we left.

Thank goodness that when I plugged in ice cream for a stop on the way home, I ran into Robin’s Nest at House of Windsor in Windsor, Colorado. Although my research told me they get their ice cream elsewhere too (in this case, Longview Creamery), I was delighted to walk in and see a truly charming space that combines the feel of a cafe with the feel of a diner. The staff was friendly and flexible, and although I had to have my banana split without the banana (yup – they ran out), I still enjoyed my treat, as did my husband. Here’s what we got:Brickle-ish shake, Robin's Nest, Windsor, CO | In search of a scoop

Brickleish – This is really tasty. It’s their version of butter beer, basically, with hints of butterscotch. I think it would make a neat alternative to a coffee ice cream. Ross had his in a sundae, and I had mine as part of my sundae.

Sirius Chocolate – This is a classic light chocolate ice cream. There’s almost a grainy or malt feel to it, but I’m embarrassed to say that because the ice cream is super smooth and consistent…so I’m not sure how else to describe it, but trust me that it’s very good! It would make an excellent milkshake base. I had a scoop in a sundae.

Bing Cherry – This was my least favorite, but if you dig cherry maybe you’d like it more? I think the cherries must be preserved, and I wasn’t as fond as I’d hoped of the almost candied flavor…but the texture of the cherries was perfectly preserved and the base was delicious. It’s perfect to pair with hot fudge.

I skipped the nuts and, of course, the banana, on my banana split. They carried 11 flavors while I was there, and past experience tells me that mint chocolate chip is also a great choice from Longview Creamery.No banana split, Robin’s nest, Windsor, CO | In Search of a Scoops

The diner serves real food as well, with a bakery case with at least one gluten-free treat generally in stock. It was a great place to visit, and we’ll happily return when we’re back in town.

Thanks for saving the day, Robin’s Nest at House of Windsor!

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The Taste of Sweet Action in Denver, CO

On a recent trip to Denver, I knew I needed to get some delicious homemade ice cream, but I had an unusual dilemma; there were too many choices! I had to weave through about a dozen different options to discern which one might be both delicious and relatively near my route. I left many options for next time, but I’m so glad I went with Sweet Action for my first ice cream in Denver.Sweet Action, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

It was a charming location in very walkable part of downtown. There’s a giant window that opens to the outside, sort of like a garage door, and that offers window seating with some shade and an inviting display for passing pedestrians.

I tried tons of flavors, as usual, and the super-nice staff member assisting me assured me that I could try every single flavor if I wanted to! Here’s what I tried:Sweet Action, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Brown Butter Sage – This hits you first with the flavor or brown butter, creamy and subtle. Afterward, the sage comes in, and it’s fabulous. I apparently love sage! I knew I enjoyed it, but this definitely made me happy. Must love sage to enjoy this one!

Green Apple Peanut Butter Swirl – I thought this sounded bizarre, but I’m sure glad I went for it! It’s kind of a classic green apple candy flavor rather than necessarily the real thing (or maybe the real thing does taste like that when it’s concentrated), but this is super bright and fun. The peanut butter is just as you’d expect and hope for too. When you think about it, who doesn’t love apples and peanut butter as a snack? The creamy green apple base is refreshing and it tastes indulgent with the rich peanut butter. The staff person working with me said this was her favorite gluten-free flavor, currently.

Vegan Blueberry – Their vegan ice creams (they have several) mix coconut and soy for the base. It’s pretty creamy, but you can definitely taste the coconut in there. I enjoyed it for a nice summer flavor.

Sweet Action, Denver, CO | In Search of a ScoopHorchata – This is a frozen version of the Mexican drink, which includes almond milk as its base. It’s just as tasty as the real stuff! Fun idea.

Salted Butterscotch – The butterscotch is strong here. I wonder if it could have had a touch more salt, or maybe something else? It’s tasty, but it felt a bit one note to me.

Lavender Goat Cheese – I don’t think this ice cream is quite as creamy as the Green Apple Peanut Butter Swirl, but that’s okay; it reminded me of the texture of actual goat cheese! The lavender is a bit subtle, and I found it got lost here. The goat cheese is fabulous. It goes well with the other flavors, I just think you’ll be bummed if you’re a huge lavender fan that it gets lost. Maybe don’t combine this one with other flavors like I did.

Strawberry Balsamic – This is a gorgeous flavor, beautifully mixing savory and sweet, genuine strawberry flavor, perhaps from jam or some sort of similar reduction. It’s almost like strawberry ice cream with chocolate sauce! It’s so good and deliciously satisfying. It’s like a sundae in itself! If I can recommend anything for when you visit, I’d recommend you get this if it’s in stock.

Portions here felt decently generous. Maybe my large would be more like a medium elsewhere, but this triple scoop felt affordable given the crazy flavors – plus, in a bit city, I’d always expect a bit of a mark up for higher rents and such. Overall, this ice cream is very creamy and the flavors are creative and fun. I had an absolute blast trying the combinations, and the ice cream itself was very satisfying, probably the most well-executed “weird” flavors I’ve had in Colorado so far.

I definitely recommend Sweet Action! I’m also looking forward to returning to Denver to try some additional flavors. I also just learned that Little Man ice cream (of Denver) is opening a new location in Fort Collins this fall! I really, really hope they’ll be open before we leave the state, but either way, I hope it’s a big success and Fort Collins will have a new, delicious homemade ice cream option when I return. Fingers crossed!

If you enjoyed this article about ice cream in Denver, you might enjoy reading about my epic adventures in Tampa, including goat cheese habenero ice cream at Revolution, or you might want the scoop on the middle-of-nowhere Sandwich Creamery in New Hampshire.

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