Frozen Before Your Eyes
Churned Creamery (Westfield Topanga Mall), 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., #1096, Canoga Park; 818-912-6968. Churned Creamery features small-batch ice creams made in unique state-of-the-art churning equipment that lets them freeze and serve ice cream straight from the barrel. Children will be delighted as their ice cream is churned and scooped right before their eyes. The most innovative dessert on the menu is the CroCream, a buttery glazed croissant stuffed with freshly churned ice cream. Yum!
Cookies and Cream
Diddy Riese Cookies (and Ice Cream), 980 Broxton Ave., L.A.; 310-208-0448. Diddy Riese Cookies features delicious cookies and brownies, classic ice cream sandwiches made with Dreyer’s Premium Ice Cream, beautiful sundaes and even Hawaiian Shave Ice. With more than 10 cookie flavors and 12 ice cream flavors, the possibilities for custom ice cream treats are endless.
Cool Haus Awesome Ice Cream, 59 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena; 626-486-2700. They don’t serve your ordinary ice cream sandwiches. This ice-cream shop (Sammie Shop, as they call it) features local and natural ingredients you can feel good about, and also dishes out yummy pies and shakes. With more than 70 flavors listed. there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Salt & Straw, 8949 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 424-288-4818. Founded in Portland, Oregon, this chain has expanded to the L.A. area, and boy are we glad. It offers fresh and abundant ingredients in an ever-changing menu. Flavor examples include Roasted Strawberry Coconut Sorbet (vegan friendly) and Birthday Cakes & Blackberries. If you find a favorite, make sure to get your fill before it’s gone.
An L.A. Classic
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, L.A.; 213-346-9722. McConnell’s has been around since 1949 and prides itself on being an original. The shop features premium quality ingredients without preservatives or fillers, and fresh takes on old classics such as vanilla bean and mint chip, as well as new flavor combinations including banana and salted caramel and the decadent double peanut butter chip.
Get Your Dairy
Milk, 7290 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; 323-939-6455. 1639 Silverlake Blvd., L.A.; 323-913-9911. At Milk, ice cream takes on a fun and exciting form, with sandwiches, bars, drumsticks, sundaes, brownies and shakes in unique flavor combinations that look amazing and taste delectable. Customization is always encouraged.
If you’re like me, your sweet tooth tend to be stronger in the summer. These fun and innovative L.A. area ice cream shops offer unique and creative ice cream combinations that are sure to satisfy. Cool off this summer with the family and check out one of these fun shops!