Time to cool your inside as it gets hot outside. July is National Ice Cream Month and no better time than the now to discover a new flavor at one of these best ice cream shops in Minnesota. There are so many delicious flavors, you will never get to taste them all. Here are five of the best ice cream makers in Minnesota.
1007 Franklin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Named in honor of Grandfather Sebastiano by three brothers Tim, Todd and Michael, this shop now has a collection of over a hundred flavors developed since 1984. Joe’s super premium ice cream is made in small batches in flavors that change daily, one of the best is raspberry-chocolate chip. In addition to raspberry-chocolate chip, try the Oreo ice cream or the Pavarotti with chocolate chips and bananas mixed in caramel. Linden Hills residents have a store convenient to them just a block from Lake Harriet on 43rd and Upton.
Izzy’s Ice Cream
2034 Marshall Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
With so many new flavors to choose from, creative owners Lara Hammel and Jeff Sommers cap off your selection with a miniature scoop on the top: The Izzy Scoop. That way, you can always double your taste adventure with every purchase. Each scoop is packed with the best cream, the best Bourbon vanilla, the best Dutch-processed cocoa, the best nuts and the best fresh fruit. Every waffle cone is fresh baked and every flavor is made in small batches using a premium ice cream base by Sassy Cow Creamery in Wisconsin. Now you can savor the flavor at a new Izzy’s in downtown Minneapolis, just north of Washington Avenue and west of Seven Corners.
Grand Ole Creamery
750 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Triple-scoop a warm, fresh-baked, sweet-smelling, hand-rolled, malted waffle cone that you won’t have to worry about leaking before you get to the bottom; there’s a Whopper to help plug the bottom. A customer favorite on this cone is the Black Hills Gold, cookies and cream flavored with pecans and caramel. Other great selections are Sweet Cream, Orange Dreamside, Chocolate Malt Banana, Birthday Cake or Cotton Candy. St. Paul’s first retail super-premium ice cream parlor now has a second cozy little shop in Minneapolis on 4737 Cedar Avenue South.
Sonny’s Ice Cream
3403 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
This little shop is a third-generation tradition enterprise. Owner Ron Siron makes organic Banana with loving care in five-gallon batches. He buys his own fresh bananas and ripens them until they are exactly the way he wants them. He purees the bananas and browns the butter just as he makes all caramels, ganaches and other purees from scratch with real ingredients. If Organic Roasted Banana isn’t your thing, Sonny’s offers dozens of other ice cream flavors.
Grandpa’s Homemade Premium Ice Cream
1258 E. Moore Lake Drive
Fridley, MN 55432
“Flavors are like none you have had before,” say co-owners Kathy Mick and Simmons on their website. This applies to one of their most popular flavors, Black Licorice. In addition to Black Licorice ice cream, you might also encounter Blue Moon, Gizmo, Lavender and Salty Caramel among the 32 flavors featured daily. The Lime Basil Sorbet is not bad either. Since 2005, the Simmons have hand made their ice cream in small batches from 14 percent butterfat cream purchased from a nearby Wisconsin dairy.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.