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Seattle’s 10 tastiest ice cream flavors

Seattle’s 10 tastiest ice cream flavors
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July is National Ice Cream Month and no food has sounded better during this summer's sweltering days.

President Ronald Reagan designated this national celebration back in 1984, calling for all people of the United Sates to observe the holiday with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” (I assume this just means eat lots of ice cream.)

So, put on your loosest shorts, and try some of the best ice cream flavors Seattle has to offer.

LICK Pure Cream: Honey Bacon Cornbread. I’m normally a little wary of the put-bacon-on-everything trend, but it really works in this ice cream. It’s salty, sweet, and (obviously) decadent, with giant chunks of cornbread and bacon. If you’re still looking to up the ante on calories, you can get a “lickwich,” which is your choice of ice cream stuffed in-between grilled donut halves.

434 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream: Raspberry Ice Cream Macaron. What’s better than ice cream? Ice cream stuffed in a macaron! This tiny ice cream sandwich is delicate, sophisticated, and refreshing, much like all of the flavors found at Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream. It’s also basically the opposite experience of the “lickwich” mentioned above.

2034 NW 56th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Neighborhood: Ballard

Bluebird: Maple Hickory. Bluebird has three locations in Seattle: Capitol Hill, Phinney Ridge, and Fremont. Try the Maple Hickory in a waffle cone for a unique flavor explosion.

1205 E Pike St, Ste 1A
Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

7400 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Neighborhood: Phinney Ridge

3515 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Neighborhood: Fremont

Seattle Bay Creamery: Huckleberry. You’ll have to fight through tourists to get to this small ice cream stand by the water: but it’s worth it. Get two scoops of Huckleberry in a waffle cone and bask in the beauty of summer in Seattle.

2 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown

Central Pizza: Oreo Mint. I recently called Central Pizza “the best pizza in Seattle you haven’t tried yet.” And while the pizza is awesome, the homemade ice cream is just as good. They only have one flavor each day, and they’ve been excellent each time I’ve tried them. So far, my favorite is the Oreo Mint because it’s the most minty mint ice cream I’ve ever tasted in my life. I have no idea how they packed in so much real mint flavor.

2901 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Central District

Empire Ice Cream: Brown Sugar. Simplicity is the key to the great ice cream at Empire. Made with rich cream and free-range eggs, you can actually taste each ingredient. Grab a $4 half pint and share with a friend. (Or don’t. I don’t.)

2400 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Neighborhood: Queen Anne

Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery: Dulce De Leche. The great thing about Scoop Du Jour is that you can grab a fantastic sandwich before diving into your ice cream. It’s a great neighborhood spot that’s plenty kid-friendly. The Dulce De Leche ice cream is a must-try if you like caramel ice cream.

4029 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
Neighborhood: Madison Park

Molly Moon’s: Chili Chocolate. You couldn’t have a list of Seattle ice creams without listing Molly Moon’s. My favorite is the Chili Chocolate because the combination of sweet and spicy is divine. There are a lot of locations, so you can check for one in your neighborhood on the Molly Moon’s website.

Full Tilt: Mudhoney. Battling it out with Molly Moon’s for Seattle’s most famous ice cream: Full Tilt. I suggest trying the Mudhoney ice cream, a Honey Cinnamon ice cream with Fudge Swirl made in dedication to the band. My favorite spot is the original White Center location, but the Ballard store also has a lot of excellent arcade machines.

9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Neighborhood: White Center

5453 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Neighborhood: Ballard

Pink’s: Durian. This hard-to-find, stinky Asian fruit is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, and Pink’s ice cream is a rare commodity that people really go nuts for. You can find pints of Pink's at Uwajimaya, Metropolitan Market and Central Co-op and soon you’ll be able to order pints through Bite Squad.

Did I get it wrong? Did I miss your favorite ice cream shop or flavor? Let me know in the comments!

 

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