This is the best time to enjoy ice cream in LA. Not because it’s summer and it’s warm out – we always have ice cream weather here in SoCal – but because LA is blessed with some incredible ice cream options that go beyond a traditional scoop. From tacos to Hong-Kong inspired egg waffles to pop culture partnerships, LA has the coolest ways to enjoy everyone’s favorite frozen treat.
And it just so happens that July is National Ice Cream Month so if you ever needed an excuse to indulge, here it is. Now let’s eat some ice cream!
Chef Dominique Ansel, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and recently named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best awards, has been responsible for creating some of the most fêted pastries in the world, including: the Cronut® (named one of TIME Magazine’s “25 Best inventions of 2013”), The Cookie Shot, Frozen S’more, Blossoming Hot Chocolate, and many more. He’s doing it again this summer with his Mango Passionfruit Ice Cream Tacos.
Available at: Dominique Ansel Bakery at The Grove
About: tropical mango passionfruit soft serve is swirled into a handmade honey guile waffle “shell”, topped with a refreshing strawberry kiwi mint “salsa” and a squeeze of fresh lime to finish
Baskin-Robbins is turning back time to the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, as it brings Scoops Ahoy, the iconic ice cream shop from Stranger Things 3, to life. Visitors to the Burbank, California Baskin-Robbins store* will be transported to the Starcourt Mall, where the store will be re-created as the Scoops Ahoy ice cream shop exactly as the kids in Hawkins would have experienced it over 30 years ago. From the nautical décor to the staff’s uniforms, the store will be transformed to give fans an experience ripped from the script. Scoops Ahoy will be open Tuesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 14.
Baskin-Robbins guests across the country will also get a taste of the Stranger Things happening in-store in July, including:
- Flavor of the Month, USS Butterscotch: Inspired by the Scoops Ahoy shop at the Starcourt Mall in Hawkins, Indiana, the July Flavor of the Month is a decadent butterscotch-flavored ice cream with butterscotch pieces and a toffee-flavored ribbon. Also available in pre-packed quarts.
- USS Butterscotch Sundae: Guests can set sail with this nautical themed, three-scoop sundae from the show, topped with waffle sails.
- Upside Down and Demogorgon Sundaes, the Byers’ House Lights Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat, the Elevenade Freeze and limited edition Stranger Things fresh-packed ice cream containers.
Home of the OG Puffle Cone, Cauldron Ice Cream has reinvented the classic ice cream cone in a way that is so good, people will be sure to fall in love with this frozen treat all over again. Their homemade, all natural ice cream is made in small batches and combined with Liquid Nitrogen for a match made in dessert heaven. They pair it with their now famous Puffle Cone, Inspired by the deliciously light Japanese pancakes that have taken the world by storm.
Holy Roly Ice Cream is a boutique in LA serving Organic & Premium roll ice cream. Their organic Thai inspired ice cream is made on a cold slab and rolled with premium toppings and sauces. Everything is serve fresh and made-to-order
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a modern American ice cream company devoted to making the finest ice creams the world has ever known. Founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002 by James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s has grown to 36 scoop shops nationwide, an online shop at jenis.com, and distribution in top grocery stores across the country. You can find four Jeni’s scoop shops in LA: Los Feliz, Venice, Larchmont, and Calabasas. You can also pick up pints of Jeni’s around Los Angeles at Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Gelsons and other specialty grocery stores.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream