Nothing says summer like rays of sunshine and cool, refreshing snacks! July is National Ice Cream Month and we have all of the greatest spots to find any and every kind of ice cream to indulge your dessert craving. Whether you're looking for something spicy or ultra sweet, Greater Palm Springs is an ice cream oasis in the making. So leave the store bought ice cream tubs and bars at home and explore all of these options in the oasis!
Brandini's well acclaimed toffee has been featured on The Food Network, The Martha Stewart Show and has even been served to the President of the United States! Combining their toffee plus ice cream equals heaven on earth. The chocolate and toffee dipped, vanilla ice cream bars are the perfect melt-in-your-mouth, sweet treat for any summer afternoon.
Ice Cream & Shop(pe)
Not only is Ice Cream & Shop(pe) every foodstagrammer's paradise, the ice cream parlor has some of the best and most unique flavors in Greater Palm Springs. With a rotating menu of gourmet ice cream, there is never a dull moment! Try local favorites like the pomegranate chip, an amazing pop of fruity flavor with chunks of chocolate chips to sweeten things up. For a flavor completely original to the Greater Palm Springs area, try the Coachella Valley Date. This flavor also comes in a vegan vanilla option and infuses local dates into the icy treat––Yum! Other flavors at the location include lavender, black sesame, Mexican chocolate, passionfruit, honey, and much more! Ice cream specials are available from Monday through Thursday and Sunday, so don't miss out on great deals like Tuesday's, "Two Dollar Tuesday" where you can get one scoop for just two dollars.
Shields Date Garden
At Shields Date Garden, you can create the perfect date by trying out some of the best in the oasis. At The Cafe, the warm Better Than Grandma's Bread Pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is like biting into your childhood memories! You can also try the hand scooped date ice cream, created with vanilla ice cream and date crystals from within the gardens. Stir this sweet confection well to get the full date experience. This rich and creamy treat is the ideal goodie to enjoy with any summertime sweetheart.
This artisanal gelato shop is the place to be this summer as many of the flavors at Gelato Granucci are straight from Italy and made freshly in house! The Pistachio, Mandarin, and Hazelnut gelato is made with Tonda Gentile hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Italy. Other flavors, like Coffee, are brewed in-house and sourced from local business, Joshua Tree Coffee Company. For those craving a nondairy delicacy, the sorbet options are out of this world! Try the Pear Cardamom, a pear sorbet combined with the floral and warming spice, cardamom. Raspberry, Meyer Lemon, Piña Colada, Strawberry and Mango are among some of the other refreshing flavors you can try for a cool-me-down.
Holey Scoops Ice Cream
The modern and sleek interior of Holey Scoops is the perfect oasis to escape from the sun rays and enjoy a delicious snack. This brother and sister owned and operated ice cream shop offers a variety of rich flavors like mint chip, cherry chip, butter pecan, rainbow sherbet, sugar-free sweet black cherry and many more. Try the chocolate chip cookie sandwich, for the best of both worlds. The cappuccino ice cream flavor is great for coffee lovers who still want their summertime caffeine fix! The Holey Scoops Way is a packed banana split loaded with three scoops of ice cream, two toppings, two sauces, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry.
All of the ice cream available at Kreem is handmade and created in house. The shop specializes in organic, non GMO, natural flavors and is vegan-friendly. Kreem's vegan flavors are all made with a coconut base and all natural sorbets. Take a taste of flavors like Ube, Chai, Lavender Cookies & Kreem and Hibiscus Rose! The team at Kreem are constantly creating unparalleled new flavor combinations and posting them online like a turmeric- ginger and blue algae double scoop! Plus Kreem's uber cute location has some amazing views of the nearby mountains!
La Michoacana ice Cream Parlor Flavors
La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor has an endless variety of popsicle and ice cream flavors influenced by Mexican favorites. Take a bite out of water-based fruit popsicle flavors like pineapple with chili powder, guava, soursop or cream-based flavors like blackberry & cheese, plum, pecan, vanilla raisin, among others. Guests can enjoy much of the same flavors in the ice cream, both water and cream based. Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate are also available for those wanting to skip ice cream altogether. Want something on the spicier side? Try a mangoneada! Mangoneadas at this ice cream parlor are made with a slushie-esque sorbet of your choice: lemon, cucumber, mango, pineapple, tamarind, soursop, guava or strawberry, filled with mango fruit chunks, drizzled with hot sauce and topped off with salty and sweet tamarind candy.
Nitroinfusions uses liquid nitrogen to freeze its ice cream into an instantly freezed, creamy delight! Because of its fast creation, liquid nitrogen ice cream is usually silkier and smoother than most because it keeps fat and water particles very small. Nitroinfusions organic menu includes banana lavender, roasted pistachio and olive oil, salted caramel, strawberry cheesecake, among others. Watch and marvel at how the process is made and enjoy your sweet treat under the sun!
Sabores Handcrafted Ice Cream
Sabores is one of the best hidden ice cream spots in Greater Palm Springs. Located in Coachella, make sure to stop here if you ever find your self in the east side of the oasis. This sibling runned and owned parlor makes all of their ice cream in house from scratch! Their revolving menu of flavors includes coffee with date fruit, gansito (a Mexican, twinkie sized, snack cake filled with strawberry jelly, creamy filling and covered in chocolate) mixed berries, almonds and much more. Shaved ice options like pink lemonade and tamarind will revitalize you during any sizzling summer day!
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