Eleven Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Greater Phoenix
7.) The Pink Spot Coffee and Ice Cream
Established in 2008, this funky locally owned ice cream shop in Midtown Phoenix got the scoop on Karen's Kreamery long before The Sweetness did. With many of Gagne's unique flavors made exclusively for the restaurant (think habanero peach sorbet, lemon meringue pie, and chocolate raspberry zinfandel), patrons can choose from 16 rotating flavors served up in housemade waffle cones or in sundaes like the Hunky Monkey Split.
6.) Lee's Cream Liqueur
Booze-infused ice cream treats? Yes, please. Thanks to adult ice cream maven Lee Turner's alcohol-infused ice cream parlor, which opened in 2010 in Old Town Scottsdale, those wishing for spirit (literally) in their scoop can indulge. Chose from made-from-scratch creations like The Godfather, made with Jameson's Irish Whiskey; the Silk Stocking with Jose Cuervo Gold tequila; or the Dutch Chocolate Swirl made with Jack Daniel's. Down the hatch!
This super-cute ice cream and sweet shop opened last year in Central Phoenix courtesy of restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey, who own Windsor, the hip restaurant and pub right next door. Churn features a tight selection of homemade flavors like Belgian Chocolate, Vietnamese coffee, and fresh strawberry, and those in the know order their sweet (especially the peanut butter) with the salty: the pretzel cone. Ice cream sandwiches, made with chunky cookies, also are available.
4.) Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream
This 30-plus-year-old family-owned ice cream parlor may be in Wickenburg, but its frozen goodness is worth the trip. With a "dessert first" mentality, traditional and classic homemade flavors like coconut cream, boysenberry, and even one called Hassayampa Mud (named after the Arizona's Hassayampa River) can be had by the scoop, in a float, or in a variety of sundaes topped with signature sauces of chocolate, caramel, hot fudge, or spicy cocoa.