In the Southwest desert we have lots of opportunity to visit ice cream parlors. After all, we have about five months of summer! If you are looking for a neighborhood ice cream shop in the Phoenix area, here are ten ice cream parlors that are bound to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors,Yogurt Shops, Gelato Shops: Cold Slab/Table Style
Cold Stone Creamery
The very first Cold Stone Creamery was opened in 1988 right here in Tempe, Arizona. There are more than 30 Cold Stone Creamery stores in the Greater Phoenix area. Each Cold Stone Creamery is privately owned. You select your ice cream, select your mix-ins, and the staff mixes them together on a frozen granite stone--the Cold Stone!
Maggiemoo's Ice Cream & Treatery
The appeal of Maggiemoo's is the hand-folding of an array of candy, fruit and nut mix-ins into the fresh-made ice cream on a frozen table. Over 40 flavors of ice cream are made on premises at each Maggiemoo's.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors,Yogurt Shops, Gelato Shops: Locally Owned and Operated
Angel Sweet Gelato
More than two dozen gelato flavors handmade every day at this Chandler shop. According to their website, all ingredients and equipment are imported from Italy.
Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream
More than 20 flavors of homemade ice cream with homemade toppings. Malts and shakes. Located in Wickenburg, Arizona for more than 30 years.
The Gelato Spot Dessert Lounge of Italy
This popular Scottsdale G-Spot (get it?) has 36 daily gelato flavors from a rotating menu of 150 total flavors. They also serve other desserts and baked goods. Four locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Mary Coyle Ice Cream
The environment at Mary Coyle Ice Cream is definitely old-fashioned ice cream parlor. This family-friendly place has been in the Valley for more than 50 years. Mary Coyle Ice Cream is a family business. There are lots of choices, combos, and huge specialties that several people can share. Central Phoenix.
MacAlpine's Soda Fountain
Since 1928. MacAlpine's has all the old Fashioned shakes, malts, fountain sodas, Phosphates and egg creams. Also serves sandwiches and soups. Central Phoenix.
Papa Ed's Ice Cream
Once a garage, it was transformed into an old fashioned ice cream parlor in 2008. Papa Ed's Ice Cream is a family owned business located in the quaint Catlin Court Historic District in downtown Glendale, AZ.
Scooptacular Hand Crafted Ice Cream
Since 2010. They make their own hard scoop ice cream at the store. Creative flavors include: Oatmeal Cookie, Cookie Monster, Mango, Red Velvet, German Chocolate Cake. Create your own flavor. Homemade ice cream cakes. Laveen (West Phoenix).
Artisan ice cream, using milk and cream from independent Arizona dairy farms. They make all their own toppings, sauces and waffle cones from scratch with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils. Scottsdale.
Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor
Old Town Scottsdale wouldn't be the same without the Sugar Bowl. Not only ice cream, but shakes, floats and malts. Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor is a full service place, with sandwiches, salads, and soups. There's only one Sugar Bowl, and it is is old town Scottsdale.
Locally made treats from the people at Superstition Farm in Mesa. In addition to ice cream they offer custom pies and cakes, cookies, breads, fudge, tarts, pastries and brownies. Located in Gilbert.
Phoenix Ice Cream Parlors,Yogurt Shops, Gelato Shops: National/International Chains
We all know Baskin-Robbins as "31 Flavors" and it is the world's largest ice-cream franchise. Kids 12 and under can register online for the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club. More than 25 Baskin-Robbins locations in the Greater Phoenix area.
People from back east will remember Carvel from our youth when the ice cream truck used to come around playing that jingle that we can never get out of our heads! All Carvel ingredients are kosher. There are more than 10 Carvel locations in the Greater Phoenix area.
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's has several Scoop Shopsin the Valley. You can see the Ben & Jerry's menu online. Try a Cappachillo Cooler©! Or be traditional and get a Chunky Monkey© or Cherry Garcia© cone.
DQ serves food, too, but I'll always think of Dairy Queen as soft-serve ice cream. I say, let the kids have soft-serve--I'll stick with those Blizzards. Many locations of Dairy Queen in the Greater Phoenix area.
Frozen custard, malts, shakes and floats. Culver's also serves food. Two or three locations around town.
Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
Not ice cream, but soft serve, fat free yogurt. Pleasure without much guilt. Several locations in the Phoenix area, and more coming.
"...nutritious frozen yogurt and deliciously fresh toppings set in a self-serve environment that allows you to create your own frozen masterpiece." It's a chain of franchises, and at this writing (2010) most of the locations are in the Greater Phoenix area. Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale.
Not Really an Ice Cream Parlor,Yogurt Shop or Gelato Shop
The signature item at Bahama Buck's is the gourmet shaved ice - shaved ribbons of fluffy snow, flavored with one of more than 90 Bahama Buck's gourmet flavors. Bahama Buck's also offers made-to-order tropical smoothies and fruit juices. Five Bahama Buck's locations in the Phoenix area.
All offerings are subject to change without notice.