Ice Cream Month has been a great journey on Serious Eats, and we're already a little nostalgic for the classic scoop shops, plush soft serve, and silky gelato we ate along the way. Not ready to let go of July? We've collected all our ice cream posts here for one last scoop.
'ice cream month' on Serious Eats
Lots of professional dessert makers make it their mission to see their customers happy above all else; Eddie's Sweet Shop, the ice cream of my childhood, succeeds with the best of them.
The Coolhaus ice cream truck has come a long way since its inception three years ago. As the third ever employee on Coolhaus' payroll, Truck Manager Lisa Dring has been with Coolhaus since its ice-cream-out-of-a-postal-truck days, slinging its famed sandwiches from Coachella to bar mitzvahs, and has noticed some key differences vending between the New York and the company's home in Los Angeles.
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 tastes just incidentally vegan.
Some sundaes elicit pure nostalgia with Reddi-wip and Hershey's syrup, while more elaborate ones include rich fudge sauce and massive brownies. Frankly, we love them all. Here are 7 of our favorite sundaes in NYC that we always turn to when that very particular craving hits.
As National Ice Cream Month draws to a close this week, we'd like to leave our readers with one last icy, creamy, and delicious gift. Here are the SE staffers' favorite ice creams in NYC (although some of us had a hard time deciding on just one).
There are plenty of ways an eggy ice cream with sweet wine can go wrong, but this is fantastic stuff: a good hit of booze, the rich custardy depth of egg, and a sweetness that doesn't overpower the delicate flavor of the grapes.
Talk about neglected art forms: who's making great Italian ices these days? Among a few other keepers of the frozen flame, Famous Ben's Pizza still makes great ones, including what may be the best Italian ice I've ever had.
Our lives changed the day we decided to stick some gelato into a kouign amann from two great Soho spots a five minute walk away. It got us thinking: what other great sandwiches could we make around town? And who says an ice cream sandwich must be limited to cookie plus ice cream?
There are hundreds of flavors frozen into paletas, Mexican popsicles made with fresh fruit, juices, and savory accents. But have you tasted the hard-to-find varieties? Nance, mamey, grosella, and rompope, waiting in a reach-in freezer near you.
The problem isn't what to get at Il Laboratorio del Gelato; it's how to make the most of combining those flavors. After plenty of trial and error, I think I've hit on my favorite mix.
An ice cream sandwich for true lovers of rainbow cookies. Sure, the ice cream is a little incidental, but it's a great cold à la mode of sorts.
Doug Quint is just fun. New Yorkers have known this since the beginning, when the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was getting press coverage even before it rolled out onto the streets in 2009. Since then Quint and partner Bryan Petroff have kept their signature style—soft serve ice cream piled with inventive toppings and served with a smile—true and consistent as their business expanded to an East Village storefront and a national presence.
The sake ice cream at Yopparai is delicate and subtle, suggestive of deep rice flavor but refreshing on the finish.
It's hard enough for an ice cream sandwich to balance one-note ice cream and cookie elements; the Thai Fighter juggles four main ingredients admirably well.
New York, like many other cities, has been overrun with frozen yogurt chains like Pinkberry and Red Mango (and about 100 knockoffs thereof). But where can you find even better frozen yogurt in New York? After tasting our way through a few dozen yogurt shops in the city, we've found five that get our stamp of approval. Here they are.
A scoop of Strawberry ($4 for small) from Brooklyn creamery Blue Marble doesn't look like much in the cup, but don't be fooled by its understated facade—this is serious ice cream.