Whatever ice cream you might like these days, here are three tested (and approved!) Stores that are likely to serve something even better. So try them out and get wild. The ice season comes only once a year and ends 364 days later.
Yum Yums Ice Cream (Rosedale)
Attitude: This little place was brought to us by the folks behind Denver Beer Co. and is right next to the brewery’s newest taproom on South Downing Street. And the rooms flow nicely, connected by a large old courtyard that is strewn with rainbow-colored garden furniture. There is a small counter to sit at the store (or wait in line), but you might want to take your cones or cups outside so maybe you can enjoy them with your favorite cold beverage.
AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post
Yum Yum is on Thursday, July 29th, 2021. (AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post)
Style: A neighborhood salon through and through, Yum Yum’s has serious cooking skills too: pastry chef Michael Ruíz is in the kitchen mixing flavors for all ages. And he’s previously made desserts in some of the best Denver restaurant kitchens (The Bindery, Citizen Rail) so you know this is the real deal.
Flavors: Try Sticky Fingers made from graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, dark chocolate, and graham crackers porter-infused ice cream from Denver Beer Co. (don’t worry, it’s safe for the kids). Vincent Van Goat is a more sophisticated combination of goat cheese and blueberries. And Rainbow Unicorn is mixed with Fruity Pebbles to create a milk and grain flavor profile.
Claim to fame: Ruíz says he looks forward to playing with wet beer and ice cream combo (think stout and porter floats), but until then some of his brews will be flavored with the Denver Beer Co. brews, like the graham cracker Porter and the eponymous raspberry of the Kölsch store, Princess Yum Yum.
2423 S. Downing St., 303-433-2739, Monday through Friday 11 am-9pm, Saturday 11 am-10pm, and Sunday 11 am-8pm. yumyums.co
Provided by I Scream Gelato
The Instagram wall and cafe area at I Scream Gelato, now open in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. (Provided by I Scream Gelato)
I’m screaming gelato (Lowry)
Attitude: One of the first grocery stores to open on Lowry’s new Boulevard One, this lovely store screams on social media with its Instagram flower wall, dainty cafe tables, and overflowing ice cream bowls. The neighbors in the area will soon have a whole range of restaurants and shops to choose from – for example Sushi Ronin, Torchy’s Tacos, MOD Pizza and Logan House Coffee. At the moment, a taste of dozens of gelato flavors per day must be enough.
Style: Part café, part ice cream parlor, this is a stylish place to meet up with a friend, schedule a meeting, or go on an evening date. Owners Nadav Abergel and Yuval Fuchs wanted to convey a bit of their Israeli ice cream culture, so expect some flavors from overseas as well as local interpretations. And they think big: the duo started with a store in Breckenridge just before the pandemic, recently expanded to Frisco and is next on their way to Miami, Florida, with up to 10 planned locations here in Colorado.
Flavors: Ice cream classics such as Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno and pistachio can be seen, but also popcorn, cotton candy and, on some days, even tahini. Balls can be plain or topped with a selection of shredded candy and served in bubble waffle cones, between brioche or on top of pancakes. Since there is a full coffee bar, try a gelato affogato (vanilla soaked in espresso).
Claim to fame: In Israel, say Abergel and Fuchs, ice cream is more of an experience. That means I Scream sells boxes of multiple flavors of ice cream, toppings, and all the necessary sundaes of ice cream that you can take with you and make at home. But for customers who want to work a little less for the ice cream experience, there is also the option of ordering to-go packs via delivery apps such as Uber Eats and DoorDash.
63 N. Quebec St., 303-284-3576, daily 11 am-9pm, iscream-gelato.com
Provided by David Right
A biscuit sandwich with honey cream cheese ice cream and marinated palisade peaches from Right Cream. (Provided by David Right)
Right cream (RiNo)
Attitude: This store was fully online until early summer when owner David Right just opened a small walk-in window along Larimer Street in Denver’s River North Art District. Now the store still maintains Right’s intention to place weekly ice cream orders in advance and pick up on site days later, but it also has a more convenient side for those of us who are on an impromptu weekend ice cream series (as it’s only from Friday until Sunday is open)).
Style: The ephemeral is correct: limited quantities, weekly changing menus and surprise elements (yes, we’re still talking about ice cream). He is a trained chef and packs his pints accordingly (to the brim with intoxicating ingredients and serious chunks). While pints are ordered online in advance, the walk-up window is reserved for the day’s specials: scoops, choco tacos, pies a la mode, ice cream cups created on the fly and carbonated ice drinks (more on this below).
Flavors: They’re hard to pinpoint as they change every week, but some of the most recent examples include Morty Pie (a Nilla waffle cookie ice cream with Morton’s Organic Orchards palisade peach jam and flaky pie crust pieces) and Graceland (a malted banana). Ice cream with a peanut butter cup brownie “chonks” and “almost too salty” caramel marbled).
Claim to fame: The above-mentioned order destruction is a signature of Rights’s rare ice cream: every Sunday he puts a handful of new weekly flavors online; opens orders for less than 100 pints per flavor by Monday morning (they go fast); and opens the shop for collection on weekends.
Now that walk-ups are possible, we’d like to draw your attention to a new type of signature: the Fizzee in flavors like raspberry lemonade, watermelon, and peach. These sparkling bevvies mix sorbet balls with fresh fruit, topo chico, and a tajín spice rim so you can walk down the block with your refreshment in hand. “We don’t have alcohol, but I encourage you to pour something,” said Right. However, we do not encourage that.
3047 Larimer Str., 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday (opening times may vary). rightcream.com
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