Tag: ice cream

The Baked Bear in El Paso, TX

The Baked Bear is a high-end ice cream experience catering to the younger set interested in a bit of nostalgia. Their menu is limited and focused, with about a dozen flavors of ice cream, a variety of cookies, including a gluten-free option, and several ways to combine the two or add other treats to your ice cream. The experience is kind of an assembly line in the Subway or Chipotle model, where you choose your cookies, ice cream, toppings and such.

Most of their flavors contain gluten, but I came in specifically to try a gluten/free ice cream sandwich, which is made by sandwiching a scoop of ice cream between two (warmed if desired) cookies.

Toppings are an additional $.50, and the cookies can be purchased separately if you aren’t an ice cream person – in which case you probably aren’t reading this!

What I tried:

I tried a few flavors of their homemade ice cream, both of which were okay, but not great. I settled on getting a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich with dark chocolate ice cream, topped with caramel. The Baked Bear, El Paso, TX | In Search of a Scoop

Luckily, I found the cookies to be delicious, so that and the caramel helped take the experience over the top despite the adequate but not memorable dark chocolate ice cream. The Baked Bear, El Paso, TX | In Search of a Scoop

While there are better places for a dish of ice cream or gelato in town, if you’re in for a super sugary treat, I can highly recommend an ice cream sandwich! My husband and I shared one, but heck, have it for dinner if you don’t feel like sharing.

The prices were on the higher side but nothing wild for a fancy dessert treat in the city – $5.95 before my topping, tax and tip. The Baked Bear, El Paso, TX | In Search of a Scoop

If you go, let me know what flavor combo you go for! They had some really beautiful cookie options.

Thanks, and happy eating!

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Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX

Mainly a pizza place, Cactus Flats is the kind of comfy place you’d envision when you think of a hometown pizza spot. But unlike most pizza places, they don’t carry ice cream bars or the cheapest ice cream around. They make their own!

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Sacred Grounds, Ruidoso, New Mexico

Sacred Grounds has some pretty delicious gelato and sorbet. Located in Ruidoso, a really cute tourist town in the mountains, it’s a large, beautiful cafe. Unfortunately, I almost left without trying their gelato! Here’s the full scoop on why. 

When I arrived at Sacred Grounds, it was a very busy place. I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to try much, and I was okay with that. But what I didn’t expect was to be dealing with a pretty clueless staff member behind the counter. 

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The Chocolate Lady – A Short Story

You’re wandering the streets of Old Mesilla in New Mexico. You come seeking an authentic connection to history, but it’s hard to discern what was from the crowds of tourists, slightly bored and seeking something they can’t quite put their finger on. The Chocolate Lady, Old Mesilla, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I’ve seen this before, you think to yourself. The old quirky bookstore with charm but no room to move, the town square. It’s old west meets ski town meets too many visitors, and after a few obligatory photos, it’s probably time to leave.

And then you see it. Next to another store selling Blue Bell ice cream and other too common sights, there’s a sign: homemade ice cream. The Chocolate Lady, Old Mesilla, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Really? Could it be? In a candy store where four people feel like they’ve crashed the party, there’s homemade ice cream? How? Why?

But it calls you. You open the door and walk the aisles. Nice-looking homemade chocolates. A few trinkets. You find the ice cream sign, and are disappointed to see it only comes in one size. Huh. But you made it this far.

When they say no samples are allowed, you almost run. But you can afford this. Even if it’s garbage. And again, if it pays off…

So you go for it…and when they bring it out, it’s clear it’s pre-packed. That’s why it’s one size only. You haven’t seen pre-packed since Sandwich Creamery in New Hampshire…but that was outstanding. The Chocolate Lady, Old Mesilla, NM | In Search of a Scoop

So you take your ice cream and your spoon, step outside, find a bench and prepare for…

Wow. You couldn’t have prepared for this. It’s…it’s unlike any ice cream you’ve had. The base is cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, and this has chocolate chips throughout. The Chocolate Lady, Old Mesilla, NM | In Search of a Scoop

It’s very rich, a medium chocolate. The texture is on the hard side initially, but it melts and flakes easily in your mouth.

This is definitely homemade, and quite enjoyable. And at $3.50, it’s cheap. A decent size. A slow-eating ice cream. It reminds you of Carvel ice cream cake with its texture. You finish your cup, satisfied. Welcome to Old Mesilla.

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Classics in Roswell

This week, we head to the movies…nah, we get some frozen custard! Obviously!

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Classics in Roswell is a stand with a drive-through. It’s got an adorable, retro vibe and offers a variety of savory food as well as frozen custard.

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I went for the custard, of course, and paired it with hot fudge. Unfortunately, it has a very egg-like flavor that I found distracting. It’s the right texture though, and a good vehicle for toppings.

Ice cream at Classics, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I think I will be back to try the soups or chili, but if I’m craving custard, I will have to drive a few hours to Caliche’s. Or visit Sippy and Opal’s, my favorite ice cream within several hour’s drive!

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At Home At Sippy and Opal’s in Roswell

I went to Roswell, New Mexico for the aliens and for the yoga. (My husband plays live music for yoga classes. I take the classes, which can help burn off a few of my ice cream calories and is relaxing in any case.) But what surprised and wowed me was Sippy & Opal’s, an absolutely outstanding ice cream place in downtown Roswell.Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

This place is adorable. It’s named for the grandparents of the folks who founded it, and their pictures cover the walls.

You can expect reasonable prices, coffee drinks, baked goods and some exceptional ice cream. I can honestly say that this is in my top three best ice cream places in New Mexico. Don’t miss it!Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

They let me do multiple flavors, and if you get the largest size, you can get up to four half scoops of different flavors I believe. I went for three.

Another outstanding thing? They’ve got clear “GF” labels to tell you which flavors are gluten-free. So helpful!

Everything here is a little gooey and outrageously creamy. It’s one of the best and most consistent textures I have had!!!

Unlike many of my visits, I was able to return here a second time before writing my review, so there are lots of flavors to share. Here’s what I tried:Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Mint Chocolate Chip – These chips are fantastic. The mint is very good and not artificial, although it isn’t my favorite of all time. It tastes homemade.

Raspberry Habanero – This creamy raspberry flavor is delicious. The bites with pepper in it have a really nice kick.

Key Lime – This was almost like a key lime cheesecake. It’s a more subtle flavor and very tasty. You’ll need to love key lime to fully appreciate it. It has the tanginess of cheesecake. I was in heaven!

Ice cream at Sippy & Opal’s, Roswell, NM | In Search of a ScoopGreen Tea – This has almost a marshmallow elasticity. It’s so good. Not too sweet, mostly creamy and the pure green tea flavor, but with no bitterness.

Caramel Macchiato – This has clear caramel and coffee notes. It isn’t super heavy or super sweet. There’s a delicious caramel aftertaste. It’s a similarly smooth and almost marshmallow texture to the base. Yum! It’s a subtle, sweet pick me up. I’d still prefer coffee, as a rule, but I love this.

Butter Pecan – This is a buttery base with thick, finally chopped pecans that are so yummy. It’s the perfect combo, and possibly the best I’ve had. Worth it!

Pistachio – This is very good, but I was only picking three. Next time I will do four. The largest size here is only $5 plus tax!

On my first visit, I ordered the first three I tried! In part because this place seems to always be busy, no matter the time of day. It was hopping at 2 pm on a Tuesday!

Don’t miss this place. Make a trip. You’ll be glad you did!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy Getting Ice Cream at Glacier.

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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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Discovering La Lecheria in Santa Fe

La Lecheria is a gem of a place in downtown Santa Fe. It’s true craft ice cream, handmade and sourced locally and without any preservatives. AKA my favorite type of ice cream, of course.

We walked in on a cold winter day and were delighted to find an assortment of creative and gluten-free flavors to choose from. Their portions are small, but very reasonably priced for a city at $3 for a single, $5 for a double or $7 for a flight like I settled on.Board at La Lecheria, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

The staff was incredibly generous. As I kept trying flavor after flavor, she made it clear that I had no obligation to buy and could just try every single one if I wanted to! I ultimately decided to leave a couple of flavors for next time (vanilla bean and Iconik coffee), but I was definitely tempted to try them all. I found all of them (minus one) very creamy and extremely satisfying. Here’s what I tried:Ice cream flight, La Lecheria, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Tahini White Chocolate – This has a bit of a nutty undertone, and the white chocolate was very subtle. It’s definitely a gentle flavor.

Mango Tamarind – The mango is very prominent here. The staff said it would be great with a little sea salt on it. That sounds pretty wonderful!

Miso Red Chile – This was really fun, but I didn’t find it super memorable.

Saffron Rose – This is definitely a prominent rose. It’s really delicious and creamy. Yum. This would be my preference over vanilla bean in general!

Green Chile – It starts spicy, then it’s creamy then after it’s spice again. I adore green chiles and I love this. It’s so creamy and I love the amount of sweetness. It only comes midway. It reminds me a bit of the green chile/cheese combo common in savory foods. It’s as great as I’d hoped.

Mint Chip – This has great chocolate with a touch of sweetness. You can taste the mint leaf. It’s a more natural version of the ice cream I love in Epcot. This makes my top three for mint chip, which is hard to do. Super super good. Epcot has the chocolate flakes, but this is amazing. It melts in your mouth and has just the right creaminess. This chocolate is real and deep and not too sweet and a nice size of chip too.

Chocolate Sea Salt- This reminds me of a darker chocolate mousse. It’s got the perfect touch of sea salt, just a bit. I found the consistency is almost of whipped cream! So light and frothy and kind of creamy.

La Lecheria is amazing. I still have tons to see in Santa Fe, but it’s currently my top recommendation. Eat and enjoy! Thank you, La Lecheria, I will be back soon! Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

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Mexican Ice Cream in Albuquerque

La Michoacana de Paquime, I will be the first to admit, was my first experience with homemade Mexican ice cream. Found in Albuquerque, it’s in a relatively small shop that also offers popsicles and a lot of savory Mexican fare.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I was nervous about the language barrier, since I don’t speak Spanish, so I did a quick google search so I’d at least know what the different flavors meant. (Especially an issue when you’re gluten-free.) I had absolutely no reason to fear – my server was easygoing and happy to serve me in English.

I tried several flavors and thought that two flavors in a small for $2.75 was an awesome deal. I went with a medium, and my husband went small. If you want an even smaller dish, you can pay $1.40 for a baby, and the sizes go up to $8 for a pint.

There’s plenty of seating inside, so be sure to come rain or shine, winter or summer. Here’s what I thought of the flavors, with the caveat that I’ve only had Mexican ice cream a couple of times at most:La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Guava – This wasn’t particularly creamy, but the guava flavor is super tasty! This reminded me of a typical, premium strawberry ice cream in terms of its texture. The fruit chunks were awesome.

Piñon (pine nut) -Wow! This was a super creamy base, with almost a hint of bubble gum in the sweet base, with pine nuts. It was also a touch of fruitiness. This was so good! Truly excellent. It reminds me vaguely of pina colada. I bet their pistachio is great too!

Chocolate – This was very smooth, with a light chocolate flavor. It’s creamy and not overly sweet. This is a good one for those wanting traditional flavors.

This place is great! One word of warning – there isn’t a public bathroom. So come prepared.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Thanks so much for reading! You might also enjoy reading about Kickin’ Back at Pop’s Sugar Shack.

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