Summer is just around the corner and that only means one thing: cold treats. From ice cream to shaved ice to root beer floats, summer is all about cooling down with an icy-cold delicacy. If the ice cream truck isn’t anywhere to be found, try visiting one of these fabulous Seattle spots for a sweet, cool indulgence.
Best Ice Cream:
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop
917 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122
Is there anything better than devouring an ice cream cone on a hot day? Licking a scoop of environmentally friendly, local ice cream using only the freshest ingredients might just make each bite taste a bit better. Using hormone-free Western Washington moos and local ingredients, Molly Moon’s is the spot for the perfect scoop featuring traditional and some truly original flavors that leave nothing to feel guilty about. There are always 10 specific flavors including balsamic strawberry, honey lavender and salted caramel. Seasonal flavors make it on the list occasionally with options like flagship cheddar and vegan coconut chunk. Just follow the line stretched down the block to taste this goodness.
3526 Fremont Place
Seattle, WA 98127
Some think of gelato as fancy ice cream. But those in the know recognize that gelato is so much more. With less air and a smoother consistency, gelato is a soother on a hot day. At Royal Grinders in Fremont, talented grinders are making the best gelato outside of Italy. With flavors changing daily but including such options as almond hazelnut cream, strawberry banana and blood orange, this is one place to put on the list this summer. With every visit, you are treated to a free “cherry size” scoop of your choice so you never miss out on a new flavor when unable to decide. This is how samples should be done.
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111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
The 1950s were an era of soda fountains, malt shops and milkshakes. Although today, such shops are few and far between. There is still one spot in town where you can enjoy the classic hand-dipped milkshake. Dick’s Drive-In has been making it in the traditional way since 1954. Made with 100% real ice cream, the milkshakes come in three flavors: classic vanilla, chocolate or sweet strawberry. Although the price rose from $0.21 to $2.15, it is still the best price in town for such a treat. Visit any of the six locations in the area to quench your craving for that classic milkshake.
Best Ice Cream Sandwich:
Forget the store-bought cookie sandwiches that are full of preservatives and need to be dunked in milk for consumption. Track down Street Treats food truck instead for a cookie sandwich that needs no milk due to the mound of ice cream shoved between two soft, chewy cookies. With different cookie options like molasses, peanut butter and honey and four different flavors of ice cream that rotate daily, it is a build-your-own ice cream cookie sandwich extravaganza.
Best Frozen Yogurt:
6900 E Green Lake Way N, Suite E
Seattle, WA 98115
Green Lake is a great spot in Seattle to get outdoors to go for a run or a nice leisurely walk. And at the end of all that exercise, Zoëyogurt provides a healthy treat to celebrate a job well done. Serving up fat-free frozen yogurt with only 90-110 calories a serving, it is the one dessert not to have a guilty conscience over eating. And with flavors ranging from Georgia peach to carrot cake, one can never get bored.
Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.