Tag: South Carolina

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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