Famous for its cold, snowy winters, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota may just be the best place in America to eat ice cream. The cities have more than 40 ice cream shops to help meet the seemingly insatiable appetite of its residents and visitors for their favorite frosty, creamy goodness.
Through a very limited, nonscientific survey, I have determined that Izzy’s Ice Cream in Saint Paul (now with a second shop in Minneapolis) is the favorite of nearly everyone. Izzy’s makes over 150 different flavors of ice cream and sorbets by hand in small batches. This artisan way of making ice cream requires more labor and is slower, but produces a superior ice cream.
Having tried some, I would hardily agree. The Izzy scoop is a speciality of the house. A one ounce scoop of your choice of favor (something you might just like to try) is added to the top of your single or double scoop cone or dish as a extra treat. <http://izzysicecream.com>.
Another ice cream shop with locations in both cities is Grand Ole Creamery established in 1984. You’ll want to visit often as The Grand Ole Creamery manufactures over 200 different flavors like, “Black Hills Gold”, “Cotton Candy” as well as their delicious “Sweet Cream” and other classic flavors. grandolecreamery.com
A personal favorite is Crema Cafe located at corner of 34th & Lyndale in Minneapolis. Many of its regulars know them for award winning Sonny’s Ice Cream. Sonny’s is a homemade premier ice cream made in small batches and the flavors change daily. Top selling flavors include raspberry-chocolate chip, Oreo, and Pavarotti (caramel, banana, chocolate chip – so good it will make you sing!). cremacafeminneapolis.com
Sebastian Joe’s was founded in 1984 and has two Minneapolis locations. It uses only all natural ingredients of the highest quality in its ice creams and sorbets including no artificial flavors or colors. They’re always experimenting with interesting new flavor combinations like Chocolate Coyote (chocolate ice cream, cinnamon, cayenne pepper) to the basil sorbet, looking to surprise your taste buds and make them happy! <sebastianjoesicecream.com>
Pumphouse Creamery in Minneapolis has been selected as one of the top 25 ice creams shops in the USA by Food and Wine magazine and named “Best Ice Cream” for two straight years by City Pages. Founded in 2003, it serves its handcrafted ice cream in delicious waffle cones made from whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Super rich butter and local organic eggs round off the good stuff that it uses in its cones. Pumphouse Creamery serves sweet and tangy flavors aplenty. There’s lemon ice cream with crystallized ginger, grapefruit, and a combination of passion fruit and mango. If you’re craving a taste of the exotic, Kuifi is a traditional Indian ice cream with rosewater, cardamom, and ground pistachios. As if that weren’t enough, Pumphouse Creamery offers three different chocolate flavors. www.pumphouse–creamery.com
With its black and white checkered floors, the Edina Creamery in suburban Edina is a neighborhood ice cream parlor with a 1950’s feel. With over 50 homemade premium ice cream flavors to choose from, there is something to satisfy everybody. There’s frozen yogurt as well as dairy-free options. Popular flavors included Butter Chocolate Almond Crunch or a Chocolate Shake. www.edinacreamery.com
The Twin Cities have become the veritable capital of ice cream much to the pleasure and enjoyment of locals and visitors. Who can resist that?
Learn more online by searching Minneaplois Ice Cream and plan a visit at <minneapolis.org>.