Eleven Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Greater Phoenix
The Glue Society
Ever since Italy and France began making iced and flavored confections made from milk or cream in the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the most successfully cool, dairy-based treats on the planet. Not sorbet, ices, or gelato (we promise those lists will come later), here are 11 of our favorite places to score a scoop or two of the frozen dessert in greater Phoenix . . . and beyond.
11.) Mary Coyle Ol' Fashion Ice Cream Parlor Owner Mike Stoffey made several changes to this Phoenix lunch and dessert institution of over 60 years after buying it before it nearly went out of business in the spring of 2011. But there was one thing he left alone: the ice cream. With more than 33 flavors hand-made on site, parlor patrons can enjoy specialty flavors like black licorice, gigantic sundaes like The Suicide, and seasonal creations -- all in a retro-style scene.
10.) MacAlpine's Soda Fountain This family-friendly nostalgia trip in Phoenix, established in 1928, is a mixture of cool treats, for-sale antiques, and old-school style. Sit at the counter while enjoying a massive banana split or hot fudge sundae (bring a friend to share), seasonal scoops like pumpkin ice cream or, for those who like a little soda with their ice cream, an immense selection of customizable and flavorful floats -- all while listening to oldies on the jukebox, of course.
9.) Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor This Old Town Scottsdale tradition and a onetime favorite hangout of the late Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane (who mentioned the shop in several of his works) has been serving up fountain treats since 1958. Featuring flavors like Old Dutch Chocolate and Turkish Coffee, scoop lovers can also enjoy floats, Pinnacle Peak sundaes with a variety of toppings, banana splits, and Sugar Bowl parfaits like the Baseball Winner ("the clean-up hitter is you!").
8.) The Sweetness This new ice cream shop, which opened last November, is inside Fair Trade Cafe's First Avenue and Roosevelt location. Featuring ice cream by local frozen-treat queen Karen Gagne of Karen's Kreamery, scoop lovers can enjoy a revolving variety of flavors (including coffee ice cream made with Fair Trade's coffee) served up in homemade waffle cone or atop a Belgium waffle. And it's open until 2 a.m. on weekends -- making it a cool solution to a late-night frozen-treat attack.
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