Wild ice cream flavors seem to be in vogue lately but they’ve been
popular in Los Angeles for a long time. After all, with year round
warm temperatures, there’s nothing to stop anyone from having a
year-long ice cream addiction. But after a while, you get bored with
basic vanilla and the offerings from the big chain stores. When you
are in the search of a different kind of cool, these five local
favorites offer a taste outside the ordinary.
1) Mashti Malone’s: The grandaddy of them all in Southern California
has to be Mashti Malone’s on North La Brea Avenue (and also now with a
second store in Glendale). Run by a pair of Iranian brothers the
store has been in business for decades and has won all sorts of notice
in Los Angeles. For first timers one of the stores several rosewater
flavors are a must. The combination of sweet, creamy and delicately
floral flavors is a unique taste. Other ingredients include saffron
and cardamom. Don’t think, don’t anticipate, just trust and order, you
won’t be sorry.
Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream
1525 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90028
Toll Free: 1-866-767-3423
2) Fosselman’s: Fosselman’s is more of a traditional ice cream parlor
located in Alhambra, California. While you can get an old-fashioned
sundae as well as a milk shake or an ice cream soda here you can also
enjoy more exotic tastes. Particularly fantastic are their sorbets.
The pink grapefruit is a sharp palate cleanser, just the right mix of
tangy and sweet. The brightly colored yuzu sorbet is also worth
trying. On the ice cream side you can take a milder path and opt for
cookie dough but why not branch out and try the lychee. It’s smooth
and creamy with just a hint of unexpected flavor making it a good
bridge ice cream for sending your palate out on new adventures. They
also offer seasonal flavors which are often a good reason to make the
1824 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
3) Scoops: Two words. Salty Chocolate. If you love chocolates with
fleur de sel or other salt crystals you love this ice cream flavor.
The Brown Bread is also incredible, another case of a flavor where you
have to order without considering the many ways that they could get it
wrong. Don’t’ worry, they don’t. The sizes are generous so most people
get two flavors. There’s no website, they often don’t answer the phone
and if you go hoping for a certain flavor you might end up
disappointed, the ice cream is always made fresh so flavors often run
out or aren’t available that day. It’s a lesson in attachment and
disappointment but that’s part of what keeps people coming back. Just
show up at the store on North Heliotrope in Los Angeles with cash in
hand and enjoy the experience.
Scoops (other locations)
712 N Heliotrope Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90029
4) Cool Haus: Food trucks are big business in Los Angeles. One of the
most popular is Cool Haus, an ice cream truck that specializes in
architecturally inspired ice cream sandwiches. The flavors of ice
cream range from the simple to the superb. Some of the best include
Balsamic fig and marscapone, Earl Grey, carrot cake batter, mango
sticky rice and oh yes, bacon. Combine one of these with a selection
of their homemade cookies and this is no ordinary ice cream sandwich.
The ice cream has become so popular that Cool Haus is opening a store
front but chasing the truck around Los Angeles is part of the fun.
8588 Washington Blvd (storefront)
Culver City, Ca. 90232
310 424 5559
5) Pazzo Gelato: Love gelato? Then you need to know about Pazzo Gelato
in Silverlake. Some flavors incorporate alcohol include Amaretto and
Drambuie and they aren’t afraid to get savory, delivering a creamy
avocado with a mellow kick of cayenne pepper, a peanut butter and
jelly flavor and occasionally a brown sugar and bacon flavor. It can
be a bit of a wait on a warm summer night but your patience will be
3827 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca.
Deidre Woollard is an out-and-around town (and the world) blogger. Formerly an editor at Luxist.com, Ms. Woollard now has her own notable blog, www.passioninvestor.com. Be sure to check it out- well worth the time- and you might learn a thing or two!
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