Tag: New Mexico

The Key To Heaven Located In Taos

Hyperbole for a title? Perhaps. But trust me – you don’t want to miss Chokola in Taos, New Mexico.

I’d read excellent reviews of this chocolate cafe, and when I entered, I read the sign and ordered what I thought was the only flavor of ice cream. Turns out they had other flavors at my first visit too – straciatella, vanilla, chocolate sorbet etc.

I was tempted by the drinking chocolate signs, but I held firm to the goal – ice cream! Chokola, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

This was probably, legitimately, in fact definitely, the best chocolate ice cream I have EVER had.

Why?

Well, it’s creamy, like a soft serve. And during my first visit, they gave me chocolate shavings on top too!

Its just a gorgeous balance of flavors. The chocolate is real and absolutely heavenly.

This ice cream isn’t very sweet, but there’s enough sweetness, trust me. You’ll truly appreciate the chocolate flavor. It’s a perfect level of sweetness paired with outstanding creaminess. It’s perfect for chocolate lovers like me.

I got two other flavors too, on my subsequent second and third visits (yes! It was that good!)Chokola, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Coconut Rum – Yum! If you love coconut, this rocks! The rum is a little more subtle and it tastes like your favorite tropical drink. It’s also super creamy, and perfect to pair with chocolate ice cream!Chokola, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Olive Oil – This one doesn’t have a ton of taste at the start. On the back end you really taste the olive oil. It’s a more subtle flavor, creamy and interesting. I appreciated the experience, but I didn’t need a dish.

It’s a delicious deal at less than $5 with tax for a double scoop.

I can’t recommend the chocolate more highly. Go! Please!

Chokola, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

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Pretty Sweet Emporium, Silver City, NM

When I last visited Silver City, the only homemade ice cream of note was Vicky’s. Delicious as it was, they keep short hours, are a sit-down place and have limited options. So I was psyched when I stumbled on some ice cream in an antiques store. Pretty Sweet Emporium, Silver City, NM | In Search of a ScoopPretty Sweet Emporium, Silver City, NM | In Search of a Scoop

This visit, I didn’t know if they’d still be in business. I was delighted to see them not just surviving, but thriving, in their downtown location!

Pretty Sweet Emporium is fancy, with small and pricey portions but clearly very high quality, homemade ice cream. They mention that their super premium ice cream uses no eggs and has less sugar than you might expect. Pretty Sweet Emporium, Silver City, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Taking the kids or just craving a big cheap sundae? They’ve got some more basic flavors too, at a price point your budget can more easily handle, if you can give up the homemade, higher quality.

Here’s what I tried:

Ghirardelli Chocolate Fudge Swirl – This is a pretty intense flavor! It’s not too sweet, and super creamy. I found it very smooth and almost fudge-like.

Dulce de Leche – This is their most popular – it’s a super forward caramel. I enjoyed this flavor – it isn’t my favorite, but it’s so unique!

Coconut Fudge – This is made of coconut cream, shreds and such. It’s very good if you love coconut!

Lemon Crepe Blueberry Ribbon – Wow. This was incredibly creamy – the creaminess reminds me of a cheesecake! The lemon and blueberry combo is fabulous – the lemon is especially prominent here. I highly recommend this! Pretty Sweet Emporium, Silver City, NM | In Search of a Scoop

They slow churn their ice cream like a gelato, which is really nice. Next time, I definitely want to try the raw Texas honey vanilla and the boysenberry.

Their other offerings include coffee house items, shakes and a chocolate float!

They gave me a single bowl with an extra scoop to get two flavors as small as I could. It came to $6.43 with tax. It was very rich and satisfying.

I’m delighted to see the direction these folks are going in. Be sure to stop in and give them a try when you’re in Silver City!

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Return to Vicki’s Eatery, Silver City, NM

Vicki’s is a great place for sandwiches and other food, but until recently, it was also your only option for homemade ice cream in town.

Park downtown and stroll into Vicki’s. Ice cream comes 1 flavor/1 dish with a little whipped cream for $3.99. It’s delicious. Don’t miss it.

Last time I visited, I raved about both the coffee and the Mexican chocolate flavors.

This time? Here’s what I thought:Vicki’s Eatery, Silver City, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Coffee – I enjoyed it, but it actually wasn’t as memorable as the other dishes I’ve had here. It’s a stronger flavor, and very good, though not entering my hall of fame. Unfortunately there was a bit of ice in it, but since they told me their freezer had died, I can’t slight them for that.

Pistachio – Wow! The chunks of pistachio in here are fabulous. This is a winner! It’s the top one or two pistachio ice creams I have had.

The homemade whipped cream is always a nice touch, and the presentation is lovely as always. My husband also vouches for some good coffee.

The portions were bigger than I remembered, and the ice cream lacked the grainy quality I noticed last time.

Come here for a flavor or two and have a sandwich while you’re at it!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy eating!

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Copper Kettle Coffee House, Deming, NM

Ever wondered what lengths you’d go to for homemade ice cream? I can confess that it’s crossed my mind occasionally. Well, my persistence was recently tested in Deming, New Mexico – and I’m so happy to report that Copper Kettle is worth the effort!

This really isn’t your typical ice cream place. Mainly, it’s a coffee shop, and a lovely one, with extensive coffee offerings, plenty of tables, lots of natural sunlight and a big raised platform with comfy seats that doubles as a performance space.

I stumbled in here seeking WiFi initially, and it absolutely delivered in that regard, particularly useful on the days that the library wasn’t open. On my first visit, I inquired about what flavors of ice cream they had. All they had was cherry vanilla – I quickly learned that they sell out almost as soon as they can make it. I went with an unsweetened ice tea, figuring I might get ice cream later. By the time I was ready for the ice cream, it was gone, so I just enjoyed a few free refills of the tea – which made it an amazing deal.

After spending an afternoon, I left, armed with information on when to try and return to try the ice cream.

On my first visit back, I arrived less than an hour prior to close, according to Google…and it was closed.

On my next visit, I walked in the door, was recognized, and immediately was informed that the ice cream had been made the night prior and wasn’t hard enough yet.

I returned the next day, midday, and was told to try again that evening or the next day…

And finally, on the fourth try, I was delighted to learn the ice cream was ready! Phew.

Be aware that they store their ice cream out back. That means you can’t try a flavor before purchase. They typically make a few flavors at a time, and they may be very creative, so if you’ve got picky kids (or adults) with you, you may be better off at a Dairy Queen.

The portions here are very reasonable, and more than plenty for the price. I felt like they were very fair but not guaguantun either. And if you’re like me and want two flavors, they’re even willing to use two different cups so they don’t bleed together. How nice is that?

Here’s what I went with, over two trips:

Chai – This is really fun – not dissimilar in some ways to a pumpkin ice cream, which makes sense as I’m sure it has similar spices. It reminded me of something else too..almost marshmallow…very tasty. It’s just vanilla and chai, so it must be the vanilla I’m tasting. I think it could use a bit more kick but I really enjoy it as is.

Lemon Lavender – The lemon is fabulous and the lavender cuts through too. I love this as is for a summer flavor.

Matcha Mint Chip- This has clear flavors of matcha, mint and very tasty, hearty chips. (They’re satisfying, not super sweet.) The mint is really natural and not overdone. I loved this smooth base and tasty flavor!! I can see why it’s popular.

Vanilla – This is very nice. It’s lighter and refreshing, super smooth and creamy. This is in the Breyer’s mold but it’s own thing. It’s nice to slow down with the simplicity of vanilla sometimes. Honestly this could covert me to vanilla. Not too subtle, just light and creamy and beautiful.

They also offered me an Affogato which sounds delicious.

This is extremely smooth and creamy. Almost like eggnog! An excellent texture. This place holds its own against fancier and larger towns as an ice cream spot.

I am happy to highly recommend Copper Kettle for their friendly service and delicious ice cream. Come early and often so you can experience their choice of flavors before they run out.

Happy eating!

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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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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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