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When people ask me where to go for dairy-free ice cream, I always send them to Lula's Sweet Apothecary, which sells nut-based ice cream so good it tastes just incidentally vegan. Paco jets give their classic scoop shop flavors an incredibly creamy texture, made all their better by their very solid hot fudge sauce and whipped (coconut!) cream. Did I mention they serve their ice cream in glass sundae cups with little metal spoons, and more than look the part of an old school soda fountain? Yeah, this is hipster retro done right.
I think their best flavors are the ones that are most open about their nutty origins, such as the Peanut Chocolate Chip ($3.95 for a small), made with cashews and enough peanut to power a marathon runner. It's deeply nutty and peanut buttery, with just enough dark chocolate chunks to keep things interesting. One of my favorite chocolate-nut combinations out there, vegan or otherwise.