Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

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I’m a card carrying member of the frozen yogurt fan club, but once in a while, I simply crave ice cream. Good old fashioned ice cream. You know what I’m talking about, right? The kind that sits behind a clear class dome in multi-colored rows, each flavor more tantalizing than the next. Swirls of caramel, gobs of cookie dough, and heaps of rich, rippled chocolate…

Yes, you definitely know what I’m talking about. Thankfully LA has no shortage of ice cream parlors old school and new so I’m sharing five of my favorites with you. In no particular order, because I love all of my parlors equally:

Sweet Rose Creamery

I nodded to this place in my country mart blog but it deserves another shout out. This place is serious about the seasonal and quality ingredients – yep, they have a Summer Corn as a flavor right now. They’ve also single handedly turned me on to Salted Caramel ice cream as a new favorite. To die for!

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Ice Cream Lab

This is the perfect example of the new school ice cream parlor. They use liquid nitrogen to freeze their concoctions right before it’s served to you for a fresh, creamy result. I can’t vouch for the science, but I can recommend the Blue Velvet flavor, the result of mixing vanilla ice cream with a chocolate cupcake and cream cheese frosting with a sinfully blue color.

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Scoops 

Upon entry, Scoops might look like your pretty run of the mill, no frills parlor, but Chef Tai Kim whips up some pretty amazing flavor combinations. You can follow their website to find out what’s fresh (http://www.scoopswestside.com/) but here is oddly where I like to keep it mainstream – Cheesecake Oreo, Butterscotch Brownies and Salty Chocolate all keep me coming back for more.

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McConnells Fine Ice Cream

From a design perspective alone this is one of my favorites. It’s a really cool space with reclaimed wood and exposed brick. They’ve also got my favorite chocolate ice cream – Dutchman’s Chocolate. They mix a few types of cocoa and add a hint of vanilla for the richest, velvety-ess chocolate flavor you can partake in.

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Salt and Straw

Feeling extra adventurous? Then this is the shop for you. Sure, there are a few old standbys here like Chocolate chip Cookie Dough and Gooey Brownie, but you’ll also see flavors like Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese and Avocado Sherbet. Supposedly a “Loaded Baked Potato” flavor is on its way, but right now I’m just loving Birthday Cakes and Blackberries. Speaking of birthdays, they have a monthly “pint” club.

Now that’s my kind of gift.

Xo, Tara

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