Is there anything better than sitting outside with an ice cream cone on a hot summer day? This ritual gives us a moment to pause, to stop and smell the lady slippers, to perhaps reclaim some unplugged family time, to look back on our own good old days of summer.
We don’t go out for ice cream to sustain the body or stave off hunger. We go to experience pleasure and satiate the soul.
You probably have your own favorite sweet spot for a scoop or two, perhaps even a fully developed top 10. Our standards are such for good reason, but it’s always fun to try something new, right?
Our picks for must-hit ice cream spots in the Twin Cities combine that slow pace of summer, the aforementioned olden days and a dash of ingenuity sure to surprise and, we hope, delight.
Where: 4754 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
The scoop: This teeny-tiny neighborhood ice cream shop utilizes organic and all-natural ingredients sourced from local farmers. It’s an ideal choice for the health-conscious parent or the family that’s feeling a little over-sugared, but still wants a treat. The cones contain flax seed; the orange sorbet tastes like fresh oranges. It tastes “good for you,” but still scratches the ice-cream itch.
Wow factor: Fresh-baked goods from local bakers make their way into the ice creamflavors — buttermilk lemon bar, for example.
Fun flavor: Milk Chocolate Homemade Peanut Butter Cup
Where: 1197 Dale St. N., St. Paul
The scoop: All soft serve, in various incarnations — dipped cones, “flurries” and a. Located just east of Lake Como, this St. Paul classic feels like a 1950s beach shack — serving chilidogs, cheese curds and onion rings in addition to their famous ice cream.
Wow factor: 24 flavors of soft serve with new treats to try on every visit, not to mention flurries generously abundant with mix-ins.
Fun flavor: Coconut
Kristy Rud and her sons, Jake and Owen, 7 and 5, enjoy a treat at Conny’s Creamy Cone in St. Paul.
Where: 313 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis
The scoop: In the heart of Dinkytown, climb up the old wood steps to this upstairs eatery and enjoy the nostalgia of the classic American malt shop. Dozens of options for milkshakes, malts and ice cream sodas.
Wow factor: Awesome views of the skyline and sunsets in a relaxed setting.
Fun flavor: Vanilla Oreo Malt
The scoop: Adele’s motto is “ice cream made better.” The difference between ice cream and custard? The addition of egg yolk and the omission of air, resulting in a silky smooth texture. Committed to freshness, Adele’s — though prolifically proficient in making 80 flavors of custards — only offers one or two on top of the standard vanilla and chocolate daily, so you’ll have to check their calendar to catch your favorite.
Wow factor: Pretty patio and lake proximity make this a sweet family summer outing.
Fun flavor: Chocolate Raspberry Truffle
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