Spill The Beans

This is a gargantuan coffee shop. There’s so much seating! But beyond the extensive coffee menu is an ice cream menu, and I was told by my cousin that it was a must-see.

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Mostly coffee but amazing ice cream here!

So on my day to visit Greenville, South Carolina, I made sure to stop by. This isn’t my usual ice cream review. They make vanilla and chocolate soft serve and yogurt and then carry an incredible variety of mix-ins. Similar to a Blizzard at Dairy Queen, you choose your base and your mixins.

I had fun watching the soft serve machine. And at $.50/topping, the price was reasonable for a downtown location. I went with a kiddie, which was $4.05 before tax and tip.Spill The Beans, Greenville, SC | In Search of a Scoop

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes when I walked in and realized how it worked. I expected mediocre ice cream with decent mixins.

I was so wrong! Here’s what I got:

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Yes. It was as good as it looks.

Chocolate ice cream base with Nutella and marshmallow – Wow. The base was ridiculously smooth. The chocolate definitely didn’t taste healthy – which is a good thing! It’s not watery, as soft serve can be, but it also isn’t heavy, so it doesn’t hide your mix-ins.

They threw in giant chunks of hazelnut/Nutella style chocolate, absolutely outrageously good. The marshmallow was super finely chopped and well blended.

This was so delicious! I highly recommend a visit here.

I have also heard wonderful things about the gelato place in town, so I will be back for sure!

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy reading about the amazing frozen custard I found on the Outer Banks!

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Pink Mama’s, South Carolina

Pink Mama’s has a few locations in Greenville and Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. I visited the latter.

Although most of the flavors they carry are made by Hershey’s or Blue Bell, they also carry several flavors of their own, homemade ice cream.

I made a stop and really enjoyed their small but cute shop. During the warmer months, there’s ample outdoor seating, or you can grab a cone and walk along the main road in Traveler’s Rest. (I highly recommend grabbing a savory crepe at Tandem for lunch first!)Ice cream at Pink Mama’s, Traveler’s Rest, SC | In Search of a Scoop

It’s a charming place.

I was a bit disappointed to see that of their four homemade flavors, only a couple of them appeared to be gluten-free. Their pecan pie cheesecake ice cream sounded amazing, but my gluten-eating husband was too stuffed from lunch to try it.

The prices for the homemade ice cream were on the higher side, but I didn’t mind, because the flavor was strong. Here’s the flavor I went with: Ice cream at Pink Mama’s, Traveler’s Rest, SC | In Search of a Scoop

Ice cream doesn’t get much cuter!

Lavender White Chocolate – The lavender flavor is prominent and not too sweet. The white chocolate is subtle, and I could use more. I felt I was almost sensing it more than tasting it. It had a pretty good, fairly creamy texture.

I’m an absolute sucker for lavender, as I’ve mentioned, so I really enjoyed this. I hope Pink Mama’s will keep refining their recipes and expanding their offerings. I look forward to trying other flavors when I’m back in the area.

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy reading about how much ice cream I was able to fit into a week in New Hampshire.

Thanks for reading!

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Two Roosters In Raleigh

I recently visited Two Roosters in Raleigh. Located in a strip mall, they’ve got a cute location and a fondness for quirky flavors.

Two Roosters, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a ScoopAt $5 for a single, I was pleasantly surprised by my two, large scoops, so expect ample portions here, even if it’s on the pricier side.

This is a small and cute location, and they patiently let us try tons of flavors. Their simple and charming menu offers a mix of regular flavors and “guests” that rotate out.

Here’s what we sampled:

Two Roosters, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a ScoopChristmas Tree – This is pine flavor ice cream with pine nuts. Wow wow wow!!!! It’s such a fun flavor, goes down easy and it’s pretty creamy. I love it!!! Even if the consistency isn’t in my top five, the flavor makes this one of the best I’ve had!

Classic Chocolate – This is super smooth, a bit more fudge than creamy, definitely classic chocolate verging on the lighter side. It’s very good, approaching excellent. Especially good if you enjoy a fudgier flavor.

Spiked Eggnog – This tastes just like eggnog with whiskey. They couldn’t confirm if it was gluten free, unfortunately, so I didn’t get a scoop. Thankfully the eggnog at Fresh was gluten-free so I got my fix.

Whiskey Gingerbread and Molasses – It’s good. A very gingerbread flavor, with a good texture, according to Ross.

Butterscotch Haystack – This is a sweet cream base with lo mein noodles covered in butterscotch. What a concept! Ross enjoyed it, but he wanted more butterscotch or more haystack.

Roasted Strawberry and Honey – Honestly, this just tasted like strawberry ice cream. Good, if that’s what you’re craving!

Slingshot Coffee Bourbon – Somewhere between a light and creamy Brigham’s style and a darker coffee is where this lives…almost like a coffee latte. It’s very, very good and might make top five. We didn’t get the bourbon flavor at all though, so don’t go in just for that!

Two Roosters is a really fun place, with unique flavors for the adventurous foodie. If you missed it, I also visited Fresh and Treat in Raleigh. And if you enjoyed this, you might also like A Sweet Treat at Sweet Cow.

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How cute is this ice cream shop?

Fresh, Raleigh, NC

Fresh is an adorable place for ice cream in the Raleigh area. The location I visited is a really cute ice cream stand, with some seating and cornhole out back for when the weather is nice.

It’s in a strip mall complex, so parking is plentiful.

The employee who served me wasn’t overly friendly, but she was very accommodating, letting me get two flavors with a small and try whatever I asked for. The prices were reasonable, without an obvious hike due to being in a city.Fresh, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Lots of ice cream options here.

I was happy to see they offer four to go flavors in a flight for $13.49, and they offer sundae kits for parties.

I was surprised by the lack of gluten-free flavors, but those I could have were clearly labeled on the menu – it’s the first time I’ve ever seen that! It made me really happy, and frankly it helps to make up for less than warm service.

Here’s what I tried:

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Spiced eggnog and Dutch chocolate were divine!

Salted Caramel Brownie – I didn’t get the brownie in my bite, but the caramel wasn’t my favorite flavor. It had a nice consistency though.

Spiced Eggnog – This was so good! It tastes just like an eggnog with nutmeg and maybe some rum. It’s a delicious flavor, quite creamy. A real winner. I’ve never had better eggnog ice cream!

Dutch Chocolate – Wow, this was perfect. Smooth, creamy and the perfect level of richness for Dutch.

I highly recommend Fresh for locally made, super tasty ice cream. It’s not a sit down, super friendly situation, but if local ice cream is your focus, it’s hard to beat!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like reading my review of Treat in downtown Raleigh.

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A unique and very functional location.

Treat

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How cute is this street sign?

Treat is an adorable ice cream shop in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Although they don’t make their own ice cream, they carry Maple View Farm, a local company, and they take their ice cream very seriously. They also offer coffee and a few other light options.

According to the owners, the ice cream is made by people who moved to North Carolina from Maine.

Be sure to check their hours: if you’re visiting in the winter like I did, they don’t stay open late. But I highly recommend a visit here, where you’ll enjoy great service, reasonable prices (especially for a downtown location, it’s quite cheap!) and some epic sundae options. Treat, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I tried:

Praline – Wow. There is a darkness to this, a prominence to the flavor that’s fantastic. Yum.

Honey Roasted Almond – Quite nice. Not the best I’ve had in this vein, but it’s really nice even if it doesn’t reinvent the wheel.

Peppermint – This is now one of my favorites, with a softer peppermint flavor I really enjoyed. It’s close to top 5 for me. It’s not one note, with a real creaminess plus the peppermint…kind of keeps evolving as you eat it.

Chocolate – This is a classic darker chocolate. Akin to chocolate pudding.

Cinnamon – It reminded me of a delicious fall dessert. Complex. Not my dream smoothness but an excellent dessert.

Coffee – I had high hopes, but this actually wasn’t my favorite style of coffee. Good, but not in the Brigham’s etc. category. The owners are clearly proud of this, and my family enjoyed it, but it just didn’t quite do it for me.

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Treat is hard to beat in downtown Raleigh for ice cream!

Maple View Farm ice cream is appropriately rich and creamy. The owners at Treat are as friendly and welcoming as it gets. Stop by for a bite, and tell them In Search of a Scoop sent you!

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A La Mode in NYC

Hi all! I recently visited A La Mode during a trip to New York City, and I was delighted to see that despite the sign out front about a birthday party, they were willing to serve me ice cream! They also carry some retail projects and ship their ice cream, which was free of many common allergens.

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Since I couldn’t go inside to try flavors, I had to order three scoops! Here’s what I got. They also threw in a baby bonus scoop on top so that I could try another flavor, without me asking! Cutest presentation ever and I am loving this type of serving cup for ice cream.

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Here’s what I got:

Partly Cloudy – Blue cotton candy ice cream with white chocolate chips. I thought they nailed the flavor pretty perfectly, and the chips are really tasty!

Speed Bump – Their version of rocky road has a deep chocolate base with chocolate and white chocolate chips. Yum!

Vanilla – Classic and tasty. Not the creamiest but I enjoyed it a lot.

Chocolate – Quite tasty, with a classic, deeper richness.

Although this wasn’t the creamiest I’ve had, the flavors were made with great ingredients and the service here was absolutely perfection. Go! Especially if you’ve got a kid.

Also, we met a wonderful couple and their son while we were here. If you’re reading this, thanks for the wonderful conversation and for taking a photo for us!

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Enjoying Ice and Vice

Ice & Vice is a New York City is an experimental ice cream shop, with several locations and pop-ups and a taste for ultra-premium and “edgy” ice cream.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

During a recent visit to New York City I was happy to see a location near me. When we arrived, we mentioned gluten-free and I was shocked when the employee informed me that nothing in the store was gluten-free. Although I knew that was possible, and I always expect cross-contamination, it still shocked me that such a fancy place wouldn’t have any gluten-free options. But he insisted and so we left.

After we got outside, I did some digging online and found their delivery menu through a third party. On that website, flavors were clearly labeled gluten-free or not, just as I had expected.

With my newfound knowledge, we headed inside to order ice cream. They had eighth flavors available in this small and simple (and popular) location.Ice and Vice, New York City | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what we tried:

Tea Dance – Nilgiri tea leaf, lemon charcoal, salted caramel – This is really great! If you enjoy tea, this is a complicated and not too sweet flavor.

Shade – Smoked dark chocolate, caramelized chocolate ganache – Oh my word. This is wildly delicious. It’s as outrageously awesome as you’d hope.

Basic B – Mexican vanilla, Black Sea salt – This was basic but very tasty. It paired well with Shade and is good for those with pickier palettes.

The prices here are typical for New York. Expect to pay $8-10 if you’d like multiple flavors and want to leave a tip. You can also experiment with adding pie, making it an ice cream sandwich or going for a sampler, kind of pricey at $12.

This ice cream is outrageously creamy. I imagine a dish will run you a ridiculous number of calories and fat grams and such. But if you’re going to treat yourself to ice cream, I can’t really recommend these folks more highly! Just do your research if you’re gluten-free.

Enjoyed this? You might also reading about my visit to High Point Creamery in Denver.

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