Homemade ice cream takes the cake, figuratively speaking.
Spring begins, here in the United States, on March 20th. Warmer temperatures outside turn my thoughts to ice cream. Nowadays there is an abundance of flavors to be sampled. This is especially true when visiting a shop with its own homemade ice cream.
We have several such shops here in the Twin Cities that are definitely worth the trip.There’s Sebastian Joe’s in Minneapolis (Linden Hills and Lowry Hill locations), Pumphouse Creamery in Minneapolis (near Lake Nokomis on Chicago Ave and 48th St), Sonny’s Ice Cream (made and served at Crema Cafe on Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis), and Izzy’s Ice Cream Shop in Saint Paul.
I’m giving special attention to Izzy’s for a couple of reasons. First, the shop is doing things to minimize their energy usage; they’ve installed rooftop solar panels and they deliver ice cream in high tech insulated bags, thereby eliminating the need for freezer trucks.
Secondly, they participated in a televised food competition with internationally known chef, Bobby Flay. Filming took place in August of 2006. Jeff Sommers, owner of Izzy’s, made his award-winning Hot Brown Sugar recipe. Bobby Flay made Raspberry Stracciatelle Ice Cream. The judges gave the top score to Izzy’s.
And yet a third thing I like about Izzy’s: The Izzy Scoop. This is a small, additional scoop of ice cream atop your cone that allows you to try a second (or third if you get a double scoop cone) flavor. Let’s celebrate spring and support some of our local businesses by indulging in this old-fashioned treat.
Read Izzy’s Ice Cream Shop newsletter describing the event: scoop_sept_06
Visit the Resources page for links to all the ice cream shops mentioned here.