No strangers to awards, Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung, the ice cream savants at Sweet Republic, have done it again. This time, ranking number five of 12 spots in the U.S. named by U.S. News and World Report as America's Best Ice Cream.
"They called us the 'new kid on the block' compared to the others on the list," Yung tells me. A comment that's true but seems odd given it seems like we've been enjoying their handcrafted ice cream and eye-opening flavor combinations (I Heart Bacon, anyone?) forever.
U.S. News and World Report crafted the list with parlor reputation, flavor diversity, and online reviews in mind. In good company, Sweet Republic joins frozen treat shops like Graeter's in Cincinnati Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor in Chicago, and Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain in Brooklyn, each of which also made the list.
Here's what the publication had to say about Sweet Republic:
Favorite Flavor: Salted Butter Caramel (Cost: $2.95)
Since 2008, Sweet Republic owners Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung have attracted ice cream connoisseurs with their homemade batches. The milk and creams used are provided by local dairy farms, while tasty toppings, including marshmallows, brownies, and waffles, are all made by hand. And that's not all: From its birchwood ice cream sticks to its recycled glass bottles, this shop prides itself on its eco-friendliness. To indulge your taste buds with an extra burst of flavor, try the zesty Honey Blue Cheese or decadent Mayan Chocolate flavors. You'll find Sweet Republic headquartered on Scottsdale's Shea Boulevard. Sweet Republic products are also sold at select grocery stores throughout the state.
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This shop may be the new kid on the block, but don't underestimate its allure in the Phoenix area's hot climate. For a sweet treat that beats the desert heat, pick up a scoop of Basil Lime Sorbet or Peanut Butter Chip.