I really enjoyed my visit to Little Man Ice Cream, not least because I visited them after 1 a.m.! After flying into the airport, I was craving an ice cream treat, and I was super delighted to try Little Man at that hour. The staff were friendly and playful and happy to let me try flavors. Here’s what I had:Read More…
Frozen Matter is not your average ice cream place! A microcreamery with unusual flavors, ice pops and soda, it was within walking distance to a venue my husband and I were performing at in Denver, so a stop was essential. They also have their own speakeasy inside called Retrograde – so a return visit for a cocktail is a must!
It’s an adorable space, with excellent service and a nice mix of indoor and outdoor space. Super cute and the hipster vintage lovers like me will eat this out of this world theme up.
Here’s what I tried:
Space Junk – This has a bourbon butter base with nuts and other fun things in it. Fun, but alcoholic flavors are always tricky, and this didn’t win me over.
Black Magic – This is a chocolate base with black tea and black currants. I really enjoyed this flavor combination! It’s very unusual, but also pretty excellent. I’d definitely go for this again. (I can taste it now! Very memorable.)
Lemon Blueberry – I loved the lemon flavor, in particular, but this ice cream didn’t quite win me as a favorite unfortunately.
Lavender Caramel – This is a tasty and very forward lavender flavor. It’s very good, bit life-changing, but if you enjoy lavender ice cream you’ll enjoy it.
I loved the creative flavors here. Besides Space Junk, which was really wacky and perhaps even excellent in its weirdness, none of these got into the realm of excellence. But they’re trying for big things with high quality ingredients. The double was $7.40 with very large portions, so the prices are pretty decent for a big city.
This isn’t my favorite in Denver, but I look forward to stopping by in the future to see what they’ve cooked up and check out the speakeasy. Thanks, Frozen Matter!
Today is National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!
So if you’ve already had breakfast, it’s time for second breakfast, and if you haven’t, this is your perfect excuse for a treat!
So go grab some brunch and throw some ice cream on that waffle, show up at your favorite place and grab a scoop as soon as they’ll let you in, or (my plan) make yourself pancakes and throw some ice cream on top.
Life’s too short to save ice cream for last. Happy eating!
I stopped at Inside Scoop without any expectations on my way to see a movie. Littleton’s downtown was a delight, truly, and this gem of a place was well worth a trip. Once again, I found myself saying to my husband, we could live here! (Is there any town in Colorado we wouldn’t have that reaction to?)
In any case, here’s what we decided on:
Minnesota Salted Toffee – Oh my word. This is a delicious toffee, bold and bright, in a super creamy base, with salt right behind it and tiny pieces throughout. Yum!!!!
Strawberry Basil – The basil here is super strong – if anything, it’s stronger than the strawberry, which makes me love it! It tastes like I am eating a garden.
Nutty Irishman – This has Frangelico and Bailey’s, I think – it’s kind of like a grownup coffee ice cream. So tasty and creamy. The flavors here are truly big and bold – they go for it and don’t hold anything back (unlike some of their more northern Colorado counterparts…) The occasional chocolate bites are fun, though maybe they are not needed? In any case, it’s delightful and has a very well-executed base.
Chocolate Mousse – This was creamy and chocolatey. It’s great, but there’s much more I’d be more excited to enjoy here.
Inside Scoop is very affordable and accommodating – they let me fit three flavors into a double, which was super reasonable at $4.55. My husband got a junior size for $2.85. Excellent city prices!
I was delighted to see that they have regular, gluten-free and waffle cone options (including chocolate ones) as well as fun and more unusual toppings, like blueberries.
The walls are fun, covered in great quotes, with drawings or photos of ice cream.
I’m a big fan of the super creamy ice cream and bold flavors here. Delicious! Definitely one of the best I’ve had in the area. They’ve apparently got Denver locations too.
Thanks for stopping by! Had any good scoops lately? I’d love to hear about them.
Colorado City Creamery’s ice cream has been handmade since the late 1970’s. Located in an adorable neighborhood I could move into tomorrow, it’s full of charm. My one beef is that, like most of the soft serve frozen yogurt chains so prevalent nowadays; they charge for their ice cream by the ounce. (It always unnerves me when I have no idea what my ice cream will cost – it’s dangerous!) My three Scoop total was 9.48 ounces and came to $10.26 with tax.
They’ve also got a window so you can see them making the ice cream. Here’s what we tried:
Kettle Corn – The base itself has the sweetness of kettle corn – it’s great! It kind of has caramel rivers too, no chunks, and it’s awesome and unique. It’s almost like that burnt popcorn flavor, in a good way. Super smooth, creamy and rich. Excellent.
Butter Brickle – This is like a butterscotch base with toffee pieces in it. It’s excellent, with strong and compelling flavors. The chunks are outstanding caramel toffee goodness.
French Silk – This is pretty good, a light and smooth chocolate base with great chocolate chunks.
Sweet Cream – This is a light, milky but sweet, base, which I found good with a creamy texture, though not super memorable.
They’re extremely good at a creamy and consistent ice cream texture here.
Although I found their flavors to be of the old-fashioned variety, it’s gourmet quality and they’re very good at what they do. Pretty excellent at it, in fact.
Thanks to Colorado City Creamery for a delicious bite. We will be back, I’m sure!
Want more like this? For a review of another great spot in Colorado Springs, head here.
In my short visit to Colorado Springs, I read good reviews of Josh and John’s, so I was eager to see what they had on offer for ice cream.
They’ve got a really fun setup where you can actually see the ice cream making from the street through the windows! They also clearly label their regular flavors, though not the rotating ones, as gluten-free, which made me more self-sufficient and confident in ordering than I would have otherwise been.
Here’s what I tried:
Dark Chocolate: This is a super smooth, tasty and classic flavor! One of the best I’ve ever had for Dutch or a light chocolate style.
Mint Chocolate Chip: This is a smooth, classic mint, with tasty chocolate chunks. It’s also perfectly creamy.
Almond Joy – I ordered this coconut-based ice cream, which is smooth and full of coconut flavor, two visits in a row. It’s delicious, a big flavor defined by chocolate chunks, some almonds and something else…but wow, it’s the base that makes it, super smooth and tasty. The chocolate chunks are tasty and you’ll occasionally hit a coconut chunk too.
Butter Pecan – This is kind of a subtle base, but I found it very tasty. My only concern was that I was afraid I might get bored with the subtlety eventually. Very nice though.
Rumchata – This was super tasty, but unfortunately they couldn’t confirm if it’s gluten-free or not, so I couldn’t order it.
Purple Mountain Majesty – This is a taro based ice cream with raspberry dark chocolate truffles. I found it fresh and fun! The base is awesome, as are the truffles. Picture a subtle base, light sweetness, milky, and punchy chocolate! So tasty and unique.
Here a large three scoops will run you $5.95 with tax, and they are good portions and good prices for a city.
On my first visit, the server was very friendly and honest, willing to research whatever she could for me. On my second visit, the super friendly server still managed to be efficient and all business.
I went at a slow time of day, but I was delighted on my visits to Josh and John’s. Well worth a trip when you’re in Colorado!
First off, a reminder that while I try to stick to homemade ice cream places, I will occasionally visit places who don’t make their own ice cream. Bite Me Cupcake Co. struck me as really fun from the reviews, and with a downtown Pueblo location, I was eager to check it out. I found documentation that they carry Blue Mountain Creamery’s super premium (Forbes Top 10) and Glacier Premium Ice Cream in different places. You may want to call to confirm, if that matters to you.
Here are the flavors I tried:
Chocolate Expresso Buzz – This has a tasty lighter chocolate and espresso base, with chunks of bittersweet chocolate. It’s a great combination!
Chai-Yai – Wow, this is super smooth, a perfect sweet and creamy chai blend. It’s refreshing, I love this. A real winner. Best chai ever perhaps?
Monkey Bread – This has big chunks of monkey bread. My dining partner really enjoyed it! I was jealous.
Funky Donkey – Gotta love the name! This has Oreo cookies crushed, creamy fudge nice and thick and a dark, peanut butter base. It’s delicious!
Black Cow – This has a fizzy root beer base with swirls of homemade fudge. It’s super fun and delicious if you love root beer!
Toffee Bar Crunch – The light vanilla base is milky, not too heavy, and tasty. It also has a light caramel swirl, chunks of chocolate and toffee. It has a very smooth texture.
Almond Joy – This is very, very good, though personally whole almonds aren’t my fave. But I still loved it!
They carry about a dozen flavors, and most of them are a little unusual.
These are excellent portions for a city at 3.85 for a double scoop with two flavors before tax.
FYI that they are mainly a bakery, with a funky vibe and treats that look amazing. The owner/manager seems really considerate and nice, and there is free WiFi with places to plug in if needed.
If you’re human and you like ice cream or tacos, I cannot more highly recommend a visit to Albuquerque – specifically, El Cotorro!
We discovered this spot on the hunt for a place for dinner to celebrate my birthday, and it absolutely fit the bill. Cheap artisan tacos, margaritas and outstanding ice cream, including gluten free waffle cone options! We returned several times during our visit, where my husband and I fell in love with the Nob Hill neighborhood and all that is El Cotorro.
Here are the details on what we tried:
Buttered Popcorn- Yum! This has a very bright and forward buttered popcorn flavor. It’s tasty and creamy – it also may perhaps get boring as a solo flavor? But I loved it.
Grapefruit Thyme- This unusual flavor was amazing!!!!!!!!! Both ingredients are in perfect balance here.
Coconut Curry and Basil – Yum! This vegan flavor is seriously incredible. They are two of my favorite flavors and it’s actually perfect in ice cream form! One of the best vegan flavors I’ve had, if not the best ever. There’s a warmth and sweetness to it. Amazing. I hope this counts as a meal, I’d eat it every day!
Cinnamon Apple – This is just like pie without the crust – it’s seriously perfect. So fresh and perfectly spiced and delicious. It’s even better then the apple pie or the best cinnamon apples you remember.
Red Chili Mango – I added extra tajine per their recommendation. It’s a lighter spice, great if you like mango, with the spice kicking in afterwards.
Strawberry Chocolate – This is fun, kind of like a strawberry candy rather than a typical real strawberry like I’d expect in a classic American strawberry ice cream.
French Toast – Yum, this is kind of an understated maple flavor with a butter type flavor in there… worth a try!
Pepino Con Coco – aka Cucumber and Coconut – Wow! What an awesome combination! I am in love with this combination. Who’d have thought?
Red Chile Sandia – This is big on the spice, and it’s really fun if you dig spicy ice cream! Picture watermelon but with a red chile kick, and more like a sorbet base.
Mexican Vanilla – The staff called this the end of a rootbeer float. It’s super creamy and fun, with a nice warm and gentle kick. I found it almost like squash! So yummy.
Azteca – This is a spicy Mexican chocolate that was recommended as perfect in an affogato. It’s smooth and very spicy, I love it!
Marble Double White – This has beer in it, of course! It’s really good according to my husband.
Matcha Vanilla – It tastes like the tea, without a lot of extra sweetness.
This place is so special. They said they make the mint chocolate chip from mint tea to avoid that artificial taste – how smart is that? Their sign says Mexico City style ice cream, so I guess I will have to make a trip someday! Their team of four makes ice cream every day or two.
Almost all of their flavors are super creamy, and the textures are awesome.
They also make their own waffle cones, and two of the three flavors are gluten-free! Blue corn waffle cones were kind of crumbly and a bit burnt, but still super delicious. Be prepared for crumbles! And their banana bread waffle cone, also gluten free and vegan, is just magical, like banana bread! It was also a tiny bit burnt in spots, but it’s delicious.
We came back several times with family and solo – this place is that good! We can even see ourselves living within walking distance of here someday.
El Cotorro also had amazing gourmet tacos with flavors from around the world and cheap margaritas and other drinks. I couldn’t recommend them more highly! Come early and explore the neighborhood of Nob Hill.
If you’re looking for a wonderful place to spend an afternoon or a half hour, this adorable chocolate cafe is it!
The super friendly server encouraged me to try as many flavors as I wanted to, and the owner was also super nice and thanked me at the end of my visit.
They clearly label tons of gluten-free brownies and chocolates, so I made sure to grab a brownie (how could I resist?) and I’d LOVE to stop by again and try some more treats. They also offer chocolate sorbet.
Here’s what I tried!
Spicy Aztec – Super yum! It gets hotter and hotter as you eat it, a tasty chocolate with spice to it.
Classic Chocolate – This is a rich, creamy darker chocolate, though not creamy like a soft serve. It’s really, really nice.
Sea Salt Caramel – Oh my word! Oh my gosh. This might be the best I’ve had! It’s like the base is literally a creamier version of a melted caramel with the dairy and all…yum! It has a tanginess to it like a caramel. Yes, probably this is currently my #1 of all time for this flavor!
Although the ice cream is pricier at $6 for 6 ounces, you can add whipped cream or hot fudge for only $.50, and you should DEFINITELY add hot fudge because it’s probably the best I’ve ever had! A must try.
Kakawa House has decent parking options (harder to find in Santa Fe sometimes) and between the wonderful service and outstanding quality, this is a must visit while you are in town. Watch their hours and plan carefully to make sure you get there during your next trip. It’s well worth it!
Manzanita Market in Taos, New Mexico is an adorable spot for coffee, a sandwich, baked goods or ice cream. Taos in general is full of some amazing ice cream and other eats, and this spot didn’t disappoint.
Here’s what I got:
Chocolate – The chocolate ice cream reminded me of a good chocolate bar. It’s tasty, though not particularly creamy. It’s very good.
World Cup Espresso – They use their own World Cup coffee in this ice cream – wow! It packs a major punch, perfect for lovers of good coffee. This makes my top five for coffee or espresso flavors, and it has plenty of creaminess.
Don’t come here expecting tons of flavors (I saw three), but it’s worth a scoop or two with your coffee. The single scoop, which was their smallest size, was only $2.71, with a great portion.
Taos has lots of excellent ice cream options, but don’t hesitate to grab a bite at Manzanita Market when you’re in town!