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Your Virtual Tour of Wiz Bang Bar in Portland, OR

Let’s take a journey to Portland, circa July 2019, shall we? 

After learning that I could get gluten-free cookies and cream ice cream in Portland, a visit to Wiz Bang Bar was a must. The setup is kind of a fancy, high-end food court, with a variety of vendors so you can get dinner at one place, send your partner to another and meet up at another location or two for dessert. If you’re familiar with Salt & Straw, this is their whimsical soft serve experiment, and in my opinion, it’s better than the hard stuff. 

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Need a distraction? Let’s talk chickpea ice cream!

Little Chickpea (formerly Little Bean) of Portland, Oregon is the most unique ice cream I’ve ever had. The ice cream is vegan and gluten-free, made from chickpeas, and they use the leftover parts of the chickpeas for making (gluten-free) waffle cones and (gluten-free) cookies, espresso and lattes with chickpea milk.

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Frozen Matter, Denver, CO

Frozen Matter is not your average ice cream place! A microcreamery with unusual flavors, ice pops and soda, it was within walking distance to a venue my husband and I were performing at in Denver, so a stop was essential. They also have their own speakeasy inside called Retrograde – so a return visit for a cocktail is a must!

Frozen Matter, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

It’s an adorable space, with excellent service and a nice mix of indoor and outdoor space. Super cute and the hipster vintage lovers like me will eat this out of this world theme up.

Frozen Matter, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I tried:

Space Junk – This has a bourbon butter base with nuts and other fun things in it. Fun, but alcoholic flavors are always tricky, and this didn’t win me over.

Black Magic – This is a chocolate base with black tea and black currants. I really enjoyed this flavor combination! It’s very unusual, but also pretty excellent. I’d definitely go for this again. (I can taste it now! Very memorable.)

Frozen Matter, Denver, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Lemon Blueberry – I loved the lemon flavor, in particular, but this ice cream didn’t quite win me as a favorite unfortunately.

Lavender Caramel – This is a tasty and very forward lavender flavor. It’s very good, bit life-changing, but if you enjoy lavender ice cream you’ll enjoy it.

I loved the creative flavors here. Besides Space Junk, which was really wacky and perhaps even excellent in its weirdness, none of these got into the realm of excellence. But they’re trying for big things with high quality ingredients. The double was $7.40 with very large portions, so the prices are pretty decent for a big city.

This isn’t my favorite in Denver, but I look forward to stopping by in the future to see what they’ve cooked up and check out the speakeasy. Thanks, Frozen Matter!

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Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO

I stopped at Inside Scoop without any expectations on my way to see a movie. Littleton’s downtown was a delight, truly, and this gem of a place was well worth a trip. Once again, I found myself saying to my husband, we could live here! (Is there any town in Colorado we wouldn’t have that reaction to?)

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In any case, here’s what we decided on:

Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Minnesota Salted Toffee – Oh my word. This is a delicious toffee, bold and bright, in a super creamy base, with salt right behind it and tiny pieces throughout. Yum!!!!

Strawberry Basil – The basil here is super strong – if anything, it’s stronger than the strawberry, which makes me love it! It tastes like I am eating a garden.

Nutty Irishman – This has Frangelico and Bailey’s, I think – it’s kind of like a grownup coffee ice cream. So tasty and creamy. The flavors here are truly big and bold – they go for it and don’t hold anything back (unlike some of their more northern Colorado counterparts…) The occasional chocolate bites are fun, though maybe they are not needed? In any case, it’s delightful and has a very well-executed base.

Chocolate Mousse – This was creamy and chocolatey. It’s great, but there’s much more I’d be more excited to enjoy here.

Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Inside Scoop is very affordable and accommodating – they let me fit three flavors into a double, which was super reasonable at $4.55. My husband got a junior size for $2.85. Excellent city prices!

I was delighted to see that they have regular, gluten-free and waffle cone options (including chocolate ones) as well as fun and more unusual toppings, like blueberries.

Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO | In Search of a Scoop

The walls are fun, covered in great quotes, with drawings or photos of ice cream.

I’m a big fan of the super creamy ice cream and bold flavors here. Delicious! Definitely one of the best I’ve had in the area. They’ve apparently got Denver locations too.

Inside Scoop, Littleton, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Thanks for stopping by! Had any good scoops lately? I’d love to hear about them.

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Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado City Creamery’s ice cream has been handmade since the late 1970’s. Located in an adorable neighborhood I could move into tomorrow, it’s full of charm. My one beef is that, like most of the soft serve frozen yogurt chains so prevalent nowadays; they charge for their ice cream by the ounce. (It always unnerves me when I have no idea what my ice cream will cost – it’s dangerous!) My three Scoop total was 9.48 ounces and came to $10.26 with tax.

Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

They’ve also got a window so you can see them making the ice cream. Here’s what we tried:

Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Kettle Corn – The base itself has the sweetness of kettle corn – it’s great! It kind of has caramel rivers too, no chunks, and it’s awesome and unique. It’s almost like that burnt popcorn flavor, in a good way. Super smooth, creamy and rich. Excellent.

Butter Brickle – This is like a butterscotch base with toffee pieces in it. It’s excellent, with strong and compelling flavors. The chunks are outstanding caramel toffee goodness.

French Silk – This is pretty good, a light and smooth chocolate base with great chocolate chunks.

Sweet Cream – This is a light, milky but sweet, base, which I found good with a creamy texture, though not super memorable.

They’re extremely good at a creamy and consistent ice cream texture here.

Although I found their flavors to be of the old-fashioned variety, it’s gourmet quality and they’re very good at what they do. Pretty excellent at it, in fact.

Thanks to Colorado City Creamery for a delicious bite. We will be back, I’m sure!

Colorado City Creamery, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Want more like this? For a review of another great spot in Colorado Springs, head here.

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Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, NM

In my short visit to Colorado Springs, I read good reviews of Josh and John’s, so I was eager to see what they had on offer for ice cream.

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

They’ve got a really fun setup where you can actually see the ice cream making from the street through the windows! They also clearly label their regular flavors, though not the rotating ones, as gluten-free, which made me more self-sufficient and confident in ordering than I would have otherwise been.

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I tried:

Dark Chocolate: This is a super smooth, tasty and classic flavor! One of the best I’ve ever had for Dutch or a light chocolate style.

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Mint Chocolate Chip: This is a smooth, classic mint, with tasty chocolate chunks. It’s also perfectly creamy.

Almond Joy – I ordered this coconut-based ice cream, which is smooth and full of coconut flavor, two visits in a row. It’s delicious, a big flavor defined by chocolate chunks, some almonds and something else…but wow, it’s the base that makes it, super smooth and tasty. The chocolate chunks are tasty and you’ll occasionally hit a coconut chunk too.

Butter Pecan – This is kind of a subtle base, but I found it very tasty. My only concern was that I was afraid I might get bored with the subtlety eventually. Very nice though.

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

Rumchata – This was super tasty, but unfortunately they couldn’t confirm if it’s gluten-free or not, so I couldn’t order it.

Purple Mountain Majesty – This is a taro based ice cream with raspberry dark chocolate truffles. I found it fresh and fun! The base is awesome, as are the truffles. Picture a subtle base, light sweetness, milky, and punchy chocolate! So tasty and unique.

Here a large three scoops will run you $5.95 with tax, and they are good portions and good prices for a city.

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

On my first visit, the server was very friendly and honest, willing to research whatever she could for me. On my second visit, the super friendly server still managed to be efficient and all business.

I went at a slow time of day, but I was delighted on my visits to Josh and John’s. Well worth a trip when you’re in Colorado!

Josh and John’s, Colorado Springs, CO | In Search of a Scoop

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Manzanita Market

Manzanita Market in Taos, New Mexico is an adorable spot for coffee, a sandwich, baked goods or ice cream. Taos in general is full of some amazing ice cream and other eats, and this spot didn’t disappoint.

Manzanita Market, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Here’s what I got:

Chocolate – The chocolate ice cream reminded me of a good chocolate bar. It’s tasty, though not particularly creamy. It’s very good.

Manzanita Market, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

World Cup Espresso – They use their own World Cup coffee in this ice cream – wow! It packs a major punch, perfect for lovers of good coffee. This makes my top five for coffee or espresso flavors, and it has plenty of creaminess.

Don’t come here expecting tons of flavors (I saw three), but it’s worth a scoop or two with your coffee. The single scoop, which was their smallest size, was only $2.71, with a great portion.

Manzanita Market, Taos, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Taos has lots of excellent ice cream options, but don’t hesitate to grab a bite at Manzanita Market when you’re in town!

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Cactus Flats, El Paso, TX

Mainly a pizza place, Cactus Flats is the kind of comfy place you’d envision when you think of a hometown pizza spot. But unlike most pizza places, they don’t carry ice cream bars or the cheapest ice cream around. They make their own!

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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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Mexican Ice Cream in Albuquerque

La Michoacana de Paquime, I will be the first to admit, was my first experience with homemade Mexican ice cream. Found in Albuquerque, it’s in a relatively small shop that also offers popsicles and a lot of savory Mexican fare.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

I was nervous about the language barrier, since I don’t speak Spanish, so I did a quick google search so I’d at least know what the different flavors meant. (Especially an issue when you’re gluten-free.) I had absolutely no reason to fear – my server was easygoing and happy to serve me in English.

I tried several flavors and thought that two flavors in a small for $2.75 was an awesome deal. I went with a medium, and my husband went small. If you want an even smaller dish, you can pay $1.40 for a baby, and the sizes go up to $8 for a pint.

There’s plenty of seating inside, so be sure to come rain or shine, winter or summer. Here’s what I thought of the flavors, with the caveat that I’ve only had Mexican ice cream a couple of times at most:La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Guava – This wasn’t particularly creamy, but the guava flavor is super tasty! This reminded me of a typical, premium strawberry ice cream in terms of its texture. The fruit chunks were awesome.

Piñon (pine nut) -Wow! This was a super creamy base, with almost a hint of bubble gum in the sweet base, with pine nuts. It was also a touch of fruitiness. This was so good! Truly excellent. It reminds me vaguely of pina colada. I bet their pistachio is great too!

Chocolate – This was very smooth, with a light chocolate flavor. It’s creamy and not overly sweet. This is a good one for those wanting traditional flavors.

This place is great! One word of warning – there isn’t a public bathroom. So come prepared.La Michoacana de Paquime, Albuquerque, NM | In Search of a Scoop

Thanks so much for reading! You might also enjoy reading about Kickin’ Back at Pop’s Sugar Shack.

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