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Breyers Gelato Indulgences

I am an avid ice cream lover and am always on the hunt for great store bought varieties. Most of them are just ok, but never as good or smooth as ice cream from an ice cream shoppe.

I recently tried Breyers new Gelato Indugences and was pleasantly surprised. I tried the Chocolate Caramel and the Raspberry Cheesecake flavors. They both were outstanding and so incredibly creamy and smooth. The Chocolate Caramel flavor is a rich chocolate with large, soft ribbons of decadent caramel. The Raspberry Cheesecake flavor is a cheesecake flavored base with thick swirls of raspberry flavored topping and a graham crust crumble on top! I am very happy with this new grocery store find and can see this as a weekly favorite for my girls nights and date nights. It is so good, I just may treat myself to a bite or two every night.

I found Breyers Gelato at Target for $5.99, but I am sure they have it at many stores.

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Strawberry “Nicecream”

I was in the mood for ice cream when I got home today, but wanted to try to win the battle with being healthy, so I resisted the urge to drive to Baskin Robbins. Instead I turned some leftover strawberries into “Nicecream.”

I broke out my trusty little food processor and tossed in a cup of frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup of light coconut milk (I got mine from Trader Joe’s and it comes in a can), a drop of vanilla bean paste, one small squeeze of light amber agave syrup. I then blended all the ingredients until they became a smooth ice cream-like consistency. Scoop out of food processor into a bowl and enjoy! The result is a creamy, fresh flavored strawberry dessert that is guilt free and a close second to ice cream. I’m not going to lie and say it is better than Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but it is refreshing and delicious. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Salt & Straw

There is a new ice cream place in town and you better take note. Salt & Straw has landed on Larchmont and is the cutest ice cream shoppe in town.

You all know my love for sweets and especially this chilly treat runs deep. I went for dessert this week and when we pulled up, the line was quite intimidating wraping around the block. I almost bailed, but am so glad I didn’t. The store offers homemade waffle cones to house your scoops of dense ice cream, floats, sundaes, and pints to take home. You begin by reading the flavors on the chalkboard, some are classic daily offerings, while others are seasonal treats. The friendly staff lets you sample as many flavors as you would like to ensure your happiness with your final selection. The sample spoons are tiny metal spoons, so great for the environment and give a little classic spin to the place.

The top notch ingredients are locally sourced and you really can taste the quality. They even offer some non dairy flavors so everyone can find something suitable on the menu. I chose a waffle cone filled with the Salted Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, which has chocolate ribbons swirled into it and egg less chocolate chip cookie dough chunks. The close second for me was the dairy free Toasted Coconut with Candied Macadamia Nuts. My mom would flip for that flavor.

The place is small but inviting and I definitely think it was worth the wait. The only thing I wish is that I would have gotten a pint to go!

Stop by the store on 240 N Larchmont Blvd in LA. They are open 10am-11pm.

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Mastro’s Butter Cake

Many of my friends have raved about the butter cake at Mastro’s. I have been to the restaurant many times for dinner but have been so full I have never ordered dessert. This visit to Mastro’s was specifically to try this sweet treat.

I was excited when the server brought the larger than expected individual butter cake to our table. It was a perfect golden brown color topped with a generous portion of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and orange segments arranged on the plate, and a heaping portion of whipped cream on the side. I made sure to get a little bit of everything in my first bite and it was spectacular. The cake was warm and crisp on the top, but soft underneath and melted so wonderfully in my mouth. The combination of all the flavors was so decadent and well paired. The butter flavor really developed after that first bite and got even better with every bite after. As hard as we tried, we could not finish the cake as it was very rich. I would recommend this dessert for sure and endorse it as worth the calories.  I suggest having a lighter dinner before the cake and add a glass of prosecco to end the evening.

I went to the Beverly Hills location which is located at 246 N Canon Drive. I was seated in The Penthouse which was super fun with a DJ spinning tunes and high energy.

Visit http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com for a restaurant located near you.

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Coolhaus

I finally got to go to the ice cream shoppe, Coolhaus! I have been dying to try the creative flavors and have been unable to catch the truck, so I made my way to the Culver City brick and mortar store.

The co-founders of Coolhaus, Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, began by baking cookies and ice cream, and combining them into “cool houses” in 2008. Their unique approach to the creamy sweet treat is to combine sweet and savory to develop amazing flavors. They also value sourcing locally when possible and using the best organic ingredients.

The store is small, but cute. There is a neon pink sign in the shape of their iconic ice cream sandwhich logo at the front of the store. There is a handwritten list with the flavors of the day and a list inside with what you can order. You can get scoops of ice cream, an ice cream sandwich, ice cream floats, and milkshakes.

My favorite flavor was the Fig, Balsamic & Marscapone. It was creamy, sweet and savory all in one. DELISH!

The combinations are endless, so have fun mixing and matching to your little heart’s content.

You can get your Coolhaus fix at one of the food trucks or at the store in Culver City.

Check Twitter for the truck’s whereabouts @coolhausLA

The store is located at 8588 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 310-424-5559

Find out more at http://www.eatcoolhaus.com

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Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae

When I go to San Francisco I must always get a Ghirardelli ice cream sundae if I can. I twist my friend’s arms, well I don’t have to twist that hard, to take me when I come to visit them in the city.

I wait in line, which goes pretty quickly, and promptly order my sundae with both hot fudge and caramel. I get several scoops of vanilla ice cream, topped with the two sauces, freshly whipped cream, and a cherry and chocolate square on top. The presentation alone is worth the wait, but the taste is out of this world.

The cold ice cream, slightly melting, swirled with the hot fudge, caramel and whipped cream is what I envision the clouds in heaven taste like. Sweet and so utterly delightful. Haha…no pun intended.

If you haven’t tried one of their sundaes, I promise you will absolutely adore them when you do. It is such a fun spot for a date, a family outting, or a day all to yourself, spurging on all the calories that wonderfully make up this blissful treat.

Ghirardelli has many locations, but the original one is San Francisco is my favorite.

900 North Point St.
San Francisco, CA 94109

Hours: Sunday- Thursday 9am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-12 midnight (ice cream fountain opens at 10am)

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Husky’s Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! As a child I would often visit Seattle, Washington where my dad grew up. My grandparents would take us for ice cream at Husky Deli as a treat. Husky’s is located in Alki, where my grandparents lived. 

My grandfather’s favorite flavor was vanilla and my grandmother’s was coffee. I was born six weeks early on my grandfather’s birthday, so we always had a special connection. So I of course, wanted to be just like him and always ordered a scoop of vanilla in a sugar cone and he would beam with pride. We would walk hand in hand out of the deli and eat our creamy, sweet treat. 

As I have gotten older, I have changed my order from just vanilla, but there is always a time or two that I order it in honor of my grandfather and to remember that sweet time. I love the Nutella, Lemon Custard, and the Blackberry Cheesecake, but there are a wide selection of flavors and I have never been unsatisfied. 

Husky Deli was established in 1932 and is family-owned. Their ice cream is homemade and they will let you sample as many flavors as you like. They make shakes, serve the scoops in a cone or cup, hand pack pints in flavors of your choice, and have half gallons at the ready for quick pick up on the way to a birthday party or family dinner. 

Husky Deli  www.huskydeli.com

 

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