Walrus Ice Cream in Fort Collins

My latest ice cream adventure was in Fort Collins, and it’s an adorable location worth visiting. Not only is there a local ice cream options in Fort Collins, but there is gelato and frozen custard as well, and with Boulder and Denver nearby, I have lots of local ice cream options to try within an hour or two of here. I’m glad I’ve got all summer to check it all out.
Outside View of Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Outside View of Walrus Ice Cream. Love the bright colors and the Gluten-Free sign!

Walrus Ice Cream proudly offers a gluten-free menu and has options for vegans too. I love seeing all of that. Ice cream for everyone, I say! On my recent visit, there was a long line to order, but it moved very, very quickly, and our server was both extremely efficient and also extremely attentive. He let me try whatever I wanted too.
Menu at Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Menu at Walrus Ice Cream

The sizing at Walrus is the first of its kind I have seen. Although you order a single, double or pint, that seems like a guideline rather than a hard size. For instance, I ordered two flavors, and they were willing to combine them into a single dish if I wanted. The trickiest part, for the purchaser, is that you ultimately pay by the ounce, so the price of your ice cream will vary not only by the size you order, but by the number of flavors and how clever/conservative your server is. In any case, the price of the ice cream came to about $12 for the two of us with tax, which felt like a decent price for a single and a double in a bigger city. A little bit pricey, perhaps, but I wasn’t expecting cheap and I wasn’t shocked.
They also offer a few frozen yogurts, which I look forward to trying. Cotton candy yogurt sounds delicious!
Overall, I found the ice cream here to be consistent and pleasant, a touch harder than my preference, but it was reasonably creamy and not too icy. Here’s the breakdown of what I found by flavor.
Two scoops from Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, Co | In Search of a Scoop

Ross enjoyed a scoop of Jack Chip and a scoop of Caramel Sea Salt.

Walrus Ice Cream, Fort Collins, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Jamie went with Swiss Dark Chocolate and Sweet Cream Butterfinger.

Swiss Dark Chocolate – Swiss dark chocolate is an interesting description. It’s not all that dark, in the scheme of things, but it’s really pleasant and does have a darker profile than milk chocolate. I found it to be almost like chocolate milk. I got a scoop of this.
Chocolate Mint – This has more chocolate at the front end, more mint at the back end. It’s a great combo and they’re both pretty prominent. This flavor was slightly creamier than the others I tried.
Caramel Sea Salt – This is a fairly subtle flavor. It is pleasant. Ross got this one (without trying it first), and it’s a bit creamier than most of their flavors that we tried. This is one of their top two flavors.
Sweet Cream Butterfinger – I found the “sweet cream” base to be pretty vague. Again, it’s pleasant…I just could have used more flavor here. But you can’t go wrong with butterfinger, so the butterifnger made this. I got a scoop of this one too.
Jack Chip – This is fun, but it’s a lot more subtle than I expected. The chocolate is very nice (it’s the Swiss Dark Chocolate), and then they add chocolate chips and Jack Daniels to that base. This is one of their top two flavors. Ross got a scoop of this one.
Overall, I found the ice cream pleasant but not exciting. With the possible exception of Chocolate Mint, I wanted more flavor in all of the bases. Everything was pretty nice, but just more bland than I prefer. I don’t need my ice cream to be sweet, but it needs to have a strong presence, and I just wasn’t feeling that here.
From my research, Walrus seems to be the only homemade ice cream place in Fort Collins. There is also homemade gelato, which I will review soon i am sure. Because this is the only ice cream made here, I will definitely return at least once in hopes of finding some other flavors to get excited about.
Have you tried Walrus Ice Cream? What’s your favorite order?
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Everyone’s Leapin’ for Leopold’s

Two scoops of Leopold's ice creamWhen you’re walking down the street and you see that everyone is in line for the same thing, that should peak your curiosity. And if you’re walking through downtown Savannah, there’s an excellent chance that the long line is for Leopold’s homemade ice cream.

This place is an institution. They’ll be celebrating their 100th anniversary next year! They carry everything from traditional ice cream flavors to flavors they’ve made since 1919 like lemon custard, to flavors made with local ingredients (like ginger from Verdant Kitchen in Savannah) to more unusual, seasonal flavors like Japanese cherry blossom and lavender. This stuff is super premium, and they offer nice sorbets too, alongside a menu with fancy coffee drinks, sandwiches and soups. (For those of you in New Hampshire, it reminded me of Blake’s a bit in terms of their offerings.)

They’re a little bit pricey compared to what I’m used to – $4 for a single scoop, $5.50 for a double scoop, plus tax – and you can only get one flavor per scoop. But the pricing seems fair for “city” ice cream, and they will happily let you try whatever you like. Of course for the benefit of all of you, I had to try a lot of flavors. Here’s how I did:

The menu board at Leopold'sCaramel Swirl – This is a caramel base with homemade caramel swirl in it. Basically, this is a perfect ice cream. It’s an amazing blend of creamy texture and caramel flavor.

Lemon Custard – Wow. What a great choice. This is rich and creamy and full of lemon flavor, and it isn’t too sweet. It’s perfect for a hot, humid day in Savannah. My only critique? It is a little one-note, so I’m glad I got multiple flavors to avoid flavor fatigue. (I just invented that. Pretty good, right?)

Japanese Cherry Blossom – This is super smooth, without any chunks and with a very gentle flavor. I found it pleasant, but not exciting.

Ginger – The chunk of local ginger in this bite was amazing. So tasty if you need a kick in your ice cream!

The portions are ample here. I had to wait at least 20 minutes to reach the counter, but they brought out menus and water for waiting patrons and had plenty of seating once I got inside.

The ice cream isn’t the creamiest I’ve had,  but the texture is very, very good. It could use a touch more creaminess – it occasionally felt like a little too much work to take a bite. But the caramel and cherry were the perfect consistency, so it seems to vary a bit by flavor.

If your interest is really peaked, they are willing to ship this around the world for you! Have you tried Leopold’s? Stay tuned for my next blog, where I share another ice cream option in downtown Savannah!

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Great flavors at Leopold's

Finding Delicious Gelato in AZ

It would have been so easy to title this entry inappropriately. But that wouldn’t be right for this delightfully family-friendly, 70’s retro gelato shop in amazingly quirky and wonderful Bisbee, AZ. 

We visited Pussycat Gelato in the second month they were open, so be sure to call before assuming any of this is still accurate. But whatever the deal is there, you’ll want to go! 

Covered in female-centric pop culture and playing retro cartoons, Pussycat Gelato is a delightful place for coffee, Happy Hour and of course gelato or sorbet. We visited during the monthly Friday arts night when local downtown businesses stay open late for shoppers. Their presentation was wonderful. Even when customers came in behind us, they insisted we try as many flavors as we liked and happily made recommendations. They also had an “experimental” flavor we could try and give feedback on. 

Best of all? As we finished our gelato, they came back with samples of new flavors and asked for our feedback. They repeated this multiple times once it was clear we gave good feedback. It was so much fun and it made it clear to us that they will go far as a business because they solicit feedback and keep working to improve. 

The business fits perfectly in quirky, hip Bisbee, AZ. They told us they were hoping to open another location in Phoenix in the future based on the feedback they were getting, and according to their website, they’ve opened a Scottsdale, AZ location since our visit. 

The wife of the ice cream maker mentioned the fun combination of an older retro style parlor with the new quality gelato. It really is a great combination. 

Prices weren’t cheap, but given the amazing service we would happily pay more. And consider getting a cannoli with ice cream – such a unique option. 

This was not your average visit. Although I prefer the creaminess of ice cream over gelato, I enjoyed the experience and the tastes I got here. Be sure to check them out if you’re in town.

The flavors:

Strawberry Cheesecake – We both got this. It’s a very prominent cheese flavor with tasty, if not fresh, strawberries. The strawberries plus cheese makes this reminiscent of the traditional dessert, minus the crust.

Chocolate-Covered Cherries – A vanilla-based ice cream that’s full of flavor and really lovely. The high-quality chocolate melts in your mouth, and the cherry and chocolate aren’t sweet which is great. 

Star Anise – Ross calls this one perfect for after curry. We love the kick afterwards and the delicate flavor here. 

Mexican Coffee – Very bitter, as you’d expect with coffee. Ross’ type of flavor. It adds a bitterness to the chocolate base, and thechocolate-covered expresso beans are a plus.  

Irish Cream – Very creamy but very light. Bailey’s can be intense, but this is balanced really well, not overpowering. It’s finished with a smoky whiskey flavor that pairs well with Mexican coffee. It’s really the perfect strength and balance. 

A cookie came with our dishes – it’s very good, thin, fluffy and breaks easily, like a plain cone but more wafer-like. Imagine a nutter butter. It’s sweet and fun to eat and a nice alternative to a cone. 

Taste Test Results:

His old version of pistachio was very good, sweeter and more like pistachio ice cream than I expected. 

The new version was excellent – much more like the nut, with an earthiness to it. 

The old caramel was very salty and interesting. The new one has fantastic chunks and is much more well-rounded and balanced. 

We tried plenty of other flavors too, so don’t be afraid to ask. Thanks to Pussycat Gelato for a fantastic evening!

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Delicious Ice Cream in Denton

While wandering through the adorable and awesome college town of Denton, Texas, about an hour north of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Ross and I stumbled on Beth Marie’s, a charming homemade ice cream parlor. We each scooped up three flavors for a total of $9.40 before tip, and although it wasn’t life-changing, it was very tasty. 

Ross’ flavors are a bit hard to report as I accidentally deleted them! I know he got Krissy’s French Toast and reported that it was a very satisfying flavor I would love. There was also Butter Brickle that he enjoyed. And according to my limited notes., the third flavor had a creamy, milky base that was very good but didn’t break the mold. 

Luckily, my flavors weren’t accidentally deleted! 

Salty Dog – This was a dulce de leche base with salted caramel. The caramel was delightful! This is a super solid flavor with good consistency, especially considering it’s premium, not super-premium, ice cream. It wasn’t too sweet either. 

Dark Side Mint – This is a very dark chocolate base, with a touch of mint, with York peppermint patties. The base is rich and deep. Overall the texture is a little rough, but I liked it. 

Bee’s Knees – This is a lavender base with honey. I found it gentle and buttery and lovely. But I love lavender, so your mileage may vary. Ross said “It tastes the way expensive soap smells”!

We found Beth Marie’s affordable, beautiful and charming. It’s a perfect fit for the circle in downtown Denton. I wouldn’t call it a destination necessarily, but it’s an excellent stop while you’re in town to visit the amazing bookstore, comics shop and everything else Denton has to offer.

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