Nothing says summer like ice cream and cold icy treats. Sugar or cake cone, grown-up popsicles and frozen gourmet desserts, Denver has it all to cool your cravings for something cold and sweet.
2639 W 32nd Ave
Denver, CO 80211
Spuntino isn’t an ice cream parlor, it’s a restaurant and cafe. But it is still a little bit of dolce vita on 32nd Avenue. The menu is both savory and sweet with beautifully prepared lunch and dinner entrees and desserts like housemade popsicles, frozen desserts and Italian gelato from James Beard award-winning pastry-chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. You will be utterly speechless at the beauty and flavors of the frozen desserts. A signature dish, the chocolate hazelnut nougat crunch bar, is a layer of textures that are creamy and cold, yet soft and sharp. With fragile layers of chocolate, praline and hazelnuts with chocolate gelato, this treat is topped with a honey-orange blossom frozen cream. The lemon meringue coppa is a heavenly dish of bright citrus gelato and a light biscuit, all topped with a caramelized dome of meringue. Spuntino’s popsicle flavors are reminiscent of an Italian ice vendor on a Mediterranean beach who crossed paths with a wildly inventive mixologist; celery-lime, balsamic and basil with berry, citrus, caramel and Nutella are just a few of the wonderful creations.
Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St
Denver, CO 80211
Little Man Ice Cream is the big man on Denver’s campus for ice cream. The lines are long but worth the wait for the LoHi ice cream store in a milk can. The single, double and triple waffles are the house favorite, but Little Man also scoops up old-school fountain sodas, milkshakes, floats, banana splits and sundaes. The list of flavors are as long and tall as the giant milk can, but here are a few to think about: strawberry balsamic, German chocolate, salted caramel, mocha cookie, mint-lime sorbet and peanut butter gelato. Little Man is big on community involvement – locally and globally – with support for local charities like Children’s Hope Fund and Bienvenidos Food Bank. For every scoop of ice cream sold, Little Man donates the value of a scoop of rice to villages in Peru, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Senegal and Haiti.
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Coaches Scoop Ice Cream Truck
Father/daughter team Fred and Kayla Langley bring the ice cream to you in a truck filled with all kinds of frozen treats. The experts behind the window scoop up ice cream, Italian ice, sorbet and sherbet in flavors like chai tea latte, coffee toffee, maple bacon, sour apple, mango and organic creamsicle. When you meet Fred, be sure to talk hoops, as he is the former basketball coach for University of Wyoming. He left his job in 2010 to partner with his daughter and launch the ice cream truck. Kayla is the flavor coach and dad is the truck driver and official taster. Fred and Kayla will cater events up and down the state. Check the website for specific locations.
Liks Ice Cream
2039 E 13th Ave, Denver
5270 E Arapahoe, Centennial
Handcrafted ice cream is the Liks Ice Cream speciality of the house. Each batch of ice cream is made two tubs at a time, which means each scoop is as fresh and full of handmade goodness as possible. Out-of-this-world-hot (yes hot) flavors include Ancho chile with chilies, milk chocolate ice cream and fudge, and an Avery Iceland with Louisiana hot sauce, pecans and chocolate fudge. The blackberry cobbler is loaded with dark berries, Nilla wafers and cinnamon ice cream. For peach lovers, there is a peach melba with bits of peach and a raspberry ribbon. Liks also sells ice cream cakes for parties and events, and is available for catering events.
Skoops Ice Cream and More
1209 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
Skoops, a new little shop near Cheesman Park, is fast becoming a neighborhood go-to spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner salads, sandwiches and ice cream any time of the day. The ice cream served at this establishment is Boulder Ice Cream (natural and organic) and the flavors are hipster cool, like espresso chocolate chip, coconut with toffee, ginger white chocolate and green tea. Skoops even has ice cream for your dog made with yogurt, peanut butter and bacon so everyone can enjoy a treat.
799 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80209
Retro red is the color every day at Bonnie Brae with red vinyl booths, hand-written menus and housemade ice cream. Bonnie Brae is all about fun times and fun flavors like strawberry cheesecake, butterscotch custard and chocolate marble cake. Judy Simon, one of the founders of Bonnie Brae, says her favorite flavors are banana walnut, ginger spice and tiramisu. Bonnie Brae Ice Cream gives back to the community by contributing to the Alpha-1 Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes research for treatments and a cure for Alpha-1, a hereditary disease that leads to lung and liver disease in infants, children and adults. Feel good about eating your ice cream cone.
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Kimberly Lord Stewart is a food author and journalist for CBS Denver local, Organic Food Reporter for Examiner.com, and the Food, Wine and Spirits editor for Denver Life magazine. Her book, “Eating Between the Lines” tells readers about the truth and myths of food labeling. Stewart is the recipient of two Association of Food Journalist awards for food news reporting and the Jessie Neal Business Journalism award. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.