With the bipolar weather of spring in Boulder starting to subside, we’re in for straight heat in a manner of weeks and there is nothing I love more than ice cream on hot summer days.
I like to eat it while basking in the sun as if to say, “Go ahead, heat, do your worst. It doesn’t matter because I have ice cream, so bring it!”
I’d stare right at it as a sort of challenge if I didn’t know that staring directly at the sun would really hurt my chances of having perfect vision.
If you’d like to beat the heat with some ice cream (gelato, sorbet, or frozen yogurt), here are some great places in Boulder to get a scoop or two.
The reigning ice cream queen of the Denver metro area, Sweet Cow, opened its first shop in downtown Louisville in 2010 and they’ve been an unstoppable force of frozen treats ever since. Of course, they have locations in South and North Boulder now, so there’s no need to make the arduous 10-mile trek to Louisville for their made-fresh-daily ice cream.
This place serves ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and low-fat frozen yogurt, so just about every dietary restriction is covered here. Also, they have a flavor called “Funky Donkey,” which is one of those flavors I would order based on name alone. Fortunately, it’s a crowd favorite as well so it’s likely to stay on the menu. Since 2001, Glacier has been churning out new flavors; so many that they have over 1,000 flavors now (obviously, they aren’t all available at the same time, that would be madness)!
Alright, I deviated a little on this one; they only serve gelato, but boy, do they do it right. Fans of this place rave about their gelato! But I’m about to tell you the best part about Flor Di Latte’s business: THEY DELIVER. Yes, friends, you can get gelato concoctions delivered to your home. It’s all the taste with none of the pesky movement.
The concept for this restaurant is pretty neat. When it’s cold, they serve soups and hot cereal; when it’s hot they serve gelato and frozen yogurt. That’s brilliant, right? Originally, they were gelato and sorbetto only, but they decided they just wasn’t as much fun in the winter. Well, we’re coming up on “hot,” so expect to see a return to their roots with some delicious flavors sure to cool you down.
When it comes to self-serve and frozen yogurt, I’m all in. Forget salad bars and Chinese buffets, this is where my willpower goes to die. Plus, it’s not ice cream, it’s frozen yogurt, so it’s kind of healthy, right? This place does the self-serve right, but watch yourself. Unlike a buffet, this isn’t one-price-fits-all. You pay by weight, so it’s a good idea to take your time a survey the options before you go bananas with toppings and flavors. else you might find your easting your summer vacation fund in a cup.
I’m going to switch things up again with some different frozen treats. Smooch offers frozen yogurt, but they also have popsicles and mochi ice cream. I won’t lie to you, I had to google “mochi,” but I’m glad I did because I have got to try this soon. Mochi ice cream is a small, round dessert ball consisting of a soft, sweet sticky rice cake (which is the mochi part of the equation) formed around an ice cream filling.
This sounds like the name of the next big folk rock band to come out of Colorado, but actually, it’s a newer joint in East Boulder specializing everything cold and dairy-related (they also have dairy-free, if you insist). Their resident “ice cream artist” is not only a chef, but also a brewer and beekeeper, so it’s no wonder their ice cream menu looks a little different.
They had me at “White Russian.” Then they had me again at “Breakfast,” which consists of whiskey and chocolate covered espresso beans.
Of course, there are quite a few more ice cream, gelato, and frozen yogurt places in Boulder, but if you’re looking to scream for something, these ice cream places should get you started on the right path.