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Ecco in Santa Fe

On a recent visit to Santa Fe, I stopped into Ecco Espresso and Gelato. They pride themselves on bringing fresh, natural and authentic gelato to Santa Fe.Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

They have a beautiful downtown location with plenty of seating and art on the walls. I found their staff friendly and almost all of their flavors were gluten-free, so I tried several and really enjoyed them. A Kids or small size is under $4, and they let me get a couple of flavors, so the prices weren’t too bad for gelato in a city. Here’s what I got:Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I adore the presentation of gelato!

Earl Grey Tea – I sure love this flavor in ice cream and gelato! The tea flavor was very forward here, just lovely. Obviously it was a lighter intensity than ice cream but this was excellent.

Nutella – This reminded me, a bit, of a chocolate shake crossed with Nutella. It was very satisfying, although it was subtler than some similar gelato I’ve had.

Pistachio – This is probably the most pistachio ice cream type thing I’ve had, ever. It’s just full of pistachio flavor with just a touch of cream and super good! Possibly a best, and definitely in my current pistachio top 3!Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Strawberry Habanero – Step one here is the creamy strawberry. After that’s about past, you get the big spicy kick of the habanero. This is a really satisfying dual flavor.

Panna – This is Italian sweet cream. It’s very subtle, like a sweet cream or milk flavor. I didn’t find it super memorable.

It looked like they carried several vegan flavors. Overall everything here was super smooth and pretty perfect for gelato. It was about as creamy as gelato can be!

I really enjoyed my visit to Ecco and will definitely go back when I’m in the mood for gelato. Thanks!

Ecco Espresso and Gelato, Santa Fe, NM | In Search of a Scoop

If you enjoyed this, you might enjoy reading about a stop at my other favorite place for Earl Grey Tea!

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Smallcakes in Peachtree City, GA

Smallcakes, Peachtree City, GA | In Search of a Scoop

I don’t often visit cupcake places. Mostly because I’m gluten-intolerant, of course. But Smallcakes was an exception – because they carry homemade ice cream too!

Since it’s mostly a cupcake place, their flavor selection is small. In fact, they only had two gluten-free flavors during my visit. But they were super-nice and willing to give me two different flavors in a small cup, which came to only $3.71.

Smallcakes, Peachtree City, GA | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I had:

Salted Caramel – My first thought was of butter when I ate this! It’s a rich, buttery salted caramel base. It also had chunks of caramel in it! There are lots of them, and they’re soft. And it was a pretty fast caramel. This was a fun take on a classic. I’ve never seen something like this one!

Mint Chocolate Chip – This has a mint base similar to Breyer’s, which is a pretty light and delicious mint chocolate chip. These chips are large, thing, flaky and tasty. Overall, it was a little more subtle than I prefer, but it’s a good pick.

The texture of the ice cream was great! Rich and creamy, for both bases, but especially the caramel.

I’m sure their cupcakes are great, but I can definitely recommend a scoop when you’re nearby.

Thanks for reading and happy eating! If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy reading about Riding High in Denver.

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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.

Spill The Beans, Greenville, SC | In Search of a ScoopSpill The Beans, Greenville, SC | In Search of a Scoop

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:

Spill The Beans, Greenville, SC | In Search of a Scoop

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:

Fresh, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

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

Treat, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

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.

Treat, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

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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Discovering Mt. Desert Island, Maine

Mt. Desert Island is an ice cream company based in Bar Harbor. I’ve always heard great things about them, but I was delighted to experience it for myself during a visit to their Portland, Maine location last week. Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Due to a busy schedule and a very busy store, I couldn’t try my ideal, wide range of flavors. But I really enjoyed the flavors I did get to try.

They’ve got some pretty original and unusual flavors, but there are a few classics in the midst if you want to play it safe. Here’s what I had:Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream, Portland, ME | In Search of a Scoop

Bay of Figs – This was creamy and sweet and full of fig flavor. The texture was very good. If you like figs, you’ll enjoy this. For my taste, I’d recommend pairing it with another flavor.

Kulfi – This is an absolutely epic pistachio dessert. It’s a delicious take on the dessert itself and I could have eaten this for days. Such a treat if you like pistachios!

This is fun and quirky stuff, artisanal with smaller portions and higher prices but worth it.

Apparently the Obamas visited on vacation which got them some extra press! I hadn’t realized that until after my visit, for the record.

I loved my visit to Mt. Desert Island and look forward to the next one.

Happy eating! And if you enjoyed this, maybe you’d like to read my review of Gelato Fiasco in Brunswick?