Tag: North Carolina

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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Two Roosters, Raleigh, NC | In Search of a Scoop

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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Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC

Donuts On A Stick was not the first donut place on the Outer Banks; the most well-known would be Duck Donuts, with several locations of their made-on-the-spot donuts and coffee. But being gluten-free, I got very excited when I read an ad for Donuts on a Stick and it mentioned gluten-free donuts. So we had to make a trip.

Donuts on a Stick Entrance, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

When we arrived, we learned that we would have been better off calling in our order a day prior, to request a gluten-free donut. Lucky for me, they had one left. They also make homemade chocolate chip and french vanilla ice cream (plus soft serve), and they carry some standard premium flavors that they don’t make themselves.

We both ordered a single size homemade chocolate chip ice cream. We found it milky, with a light base, and with delicious, not too sweet mini chocolate chips. It was a hard texture, but it melted easily in the mouth. We enjoyed it a lot and appreciated the effort at homemade ice cream. (Was it our favorite ice cream on the Outer Banks? No. But it’s well-worth it if you’re in Duck!)Chocolate Chip ice cream, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Of course, we wouldn’t want to visit without a donut!

Donuts on a Stick Entrance, Duck, NC | In Search of a ScoopI got a gluten-free donut with fudge and bacon for toppings. The gluten-free donuts are made daily. It was an excellent cinnamon-y, cakey donut with delicious fudge and warmed up, super tasty, if average quality, bacon. They add the toppings of your choice on the spot and it was so delicious.Two donuts, Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

Ross went with two (they’re smaller) chocolate peanut butter donuts, and he found the base, which is made on the spot when you order, similarly cakey and excellent. Ross’ donut was the donut to beat, according to him. It came right out of the fryer. The outside got crispy when it was fried. Just awesome. He found the peanut butter excellent, although the chocolate was “fine”. He thought two donuts was the perfect size. It’s easy to eat these with the provided fork, but they’re too messy to eat on a stick.

(If you’re wondering, we later visited their competitor, who doesn’t carry a gluten-free option. Ross enjoyed their donuts a lot, as well as their coffee. But they couldn’t beat Donuts on a Stick.)

We love the homemade ice cream option here, and the donuts are out of this world. It’s an affordable treat, with $12.60 total for two ice cream and two don’t orders. The donuts are very filling, and the warm toppings are delicious.

If you were wondering, the next time we returned here, I got a donut sundae and Ross got a donut ice cream sandwich.Donut sundae, Donuts on a Stick, Duck, NC | In Search of a Scoop

I went with a Cinnamon Roll donut, with vanilla glaze, cinnamon and sugar as part of my sundae. Ross went for a Pancake donut, with syrup, butter and light powdered sugar.

Donuts on a Stick is probably our absolute favorite place to eat on the Outer Banks. It is highly recommended as a stop during your vacation.

Enjoy, and call ahead if you’re gluten-free or vegan! Head here to learn more about our favorite spot on the Outer Banks for soft serve (it’s custard and it’s amazing). And to read about our favorite place for hard ice cream and ice cream cakes on the Outer Banks, head here. 

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The Worst Ice Cream in North Carolina? 

I try not to be a negative Nellie on this blog. I love ice cream and I appreciate how relatively easy it is to come by, even homemade, in most places, and I don’t want to dissuade those who make it or sell it with negative reviews. 

That being said, ice cream isn’t always good. Sometimes, it’s awful. And I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t report it to you. 

After visiting two delightful ice cream locations on the Outer Banks named Scoops this summer, I was hoping Mocksville, NC, which proved to have a cute little downtown, would also hold a delicious ice cream option with the name Scoops

They carry Mooresville premium ice cream, according to the signage, which was labeled as either “Deluxe” or “Front Porch” depending on the flavor. Even though they don’t make the ice cream in house, I was happy to review a North Carolina-made ice cream. 

The signs didn’t bode well for this place. They had some signage that I found offensive, and they didn’t have a list of flavors anywhere – you had to walk the gigantic counter the length of the long store to see all of the offerings. That meant walking within a few feet of each table, where I felt people staring us down as I tried to make my decision. 

The prices are really cheap. Crazily so. I paid $3 with tax for one scoop, which would have easily been two anywhere else. 

They didn’t offer any samples, although I didn’t ask, so I settled on Peppermint Moose Tracks, which sounded like the perfect “me” flavor. Peppermint ice cream with white chocolate chunks and that amazing fudge swirl you find in moose tracks. 

I wish I’d tried other flavors so I would know if they all tasted like this one. I’m sorry for that. And if it turns out Mooresville is usually really good, let me know and I will try it again somewhere else! 

Unfortunately, this was disgusting. It has a weird base note that reminds me of sour milk. The chalk was very chalky. And the peppermint just doesn’t work here – it was barely recognizable as peppermint. It wasn’t well-blended in the base. I couldn’t eat more than 5 or 6 bites, and left to myself, I would have thrown the rest away. It was that awful. I’ve only done that once in my life, I believe. (Coldstone mint chocolate chip. Still not my favorite, but the first batch I ever had was just disgusting.)

Ross, my husband, said this wasn’t very good. It was like ice cream that had sat open in a freezer for a year and then was put in the counter for forty five minutes before serving. He did like the white chocolate chunks though, for texture. He called this the flat soda of peppermint ice cream. 

Despite how gross it was, Ross was happy to finish eating it. I, on the other hand, visited the closest gas station for Breyer’s vanilla, which I topped with chocolate chips. Anything to wash the weird taste and disappointment out of my mouth. 

Don’t ever go to Scoops in Mocksville. It was wrong on so many levels. But if you’ve had Mooresville ice cream, did you like it? Did we just get last year’s batch or something? The flavor isn’t even on their website. 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you find something delicious today!