If you’re suddenly hearing shouts of “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” do not be alarmed. July is National Ice Cream Month, and even though we have been known to devour cones—OK, pints—OK, gallons—of our favorite flavors all year long, this is the perfect month to enjoy cold and creamy delights.
(For you history buffs, it was President Ronald Reagan, who, in 1984, declared the month of July as National Ice Cream Month—and the third Sunday of the month, July 16 this year, National Ice Cream Day. FYI, he was also known to eat his pie a la mode before his dinner, which we whole-heartedly support.)
Now, which flavors shall we choose? We asked six Denver ice cream shops for their summer recommendations—all pretty sweet if you ask us!
- BYE-BYE BARNUM AT BONNIE BRAE ICE CREAM 799 S. University Blvd.: “It’s salted caramel ice cream with candy-coated animal crackers and Cracker Jacks mixed in,” says owner Cindy Pailet. “We wanted to say goodbye to the circus that many of us grew up with.”
- COLORADO MARGARITA AT SWEET ACTION ICE CREAM 52 Broadway: The margarita taste comes from Sweet Action’s house sour mix, fresh fruit juices and two Colorado-made spirits: D’agave and Leopold Bros American Orange Liqueur.
- ORANGE CREAMSICLE AT MILKBOX CREAMERY 1701 Wynkoop St.: “This orange and vanilla bean cream mix is made with local ingredients,” says assistant manager Ava Daniels. “It’s a nostalgic flavor, like a grandfather introducing the flavor to his grandson.”
- AMARETTO CHERRY CHIP AT LIKS ICE CREAM 2039 E. 13th Ave.: “It’s loaded with sweet cherries and melt-in-yourmouth dark chocolate pieces,” says owner Jay Thompson.
- COOKIES & CREAM AT HIGH POINT CREAMERY 215 S. Holly St.: “Not satisfied with one cookie, we upped the ante and mixed in three: made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies, butter cookies and chocolate wafer cookies,” says chef and owner Erika Thomas.
- MINT JULEP CARAMEL AT SWEET COOIE’S ICE CREAM AND CONFECTIONERY 3506 E. 12th Ave.: With fresh muddled mint and bourbon, “a velvety caramel is swirled in to accentuate the caramel notes from the bourbon flavors,” says assistant general manager Luke Whalen. (Menu rotates frequently.)