Thrillist recently released it’s 21 Best Ice Cream Shops in America. Not surprisingly, Denver based ice cream shop Sweet Action made the list, but many other great ice cream shops in Colorado are just as deserving. Whether you’re in the mood for plain old vanilla or something wild like Stranahan’s Whiskey Brickle, there are plenty of places in Colorado to get your ice cream fix.
High Point Creamery
215 South Holly Street, Denver
Ratings: Yelp (4.5/5), Google (4.9/5), UrbanSpoon (3.5/5), Tripadvisor (4/5)
What to Get: Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Coconut & Ginger Ice Cream
High Point Creamery is the new kid on the block when it comes to the Denver ice cream scene, having opened its doors in late 2013. But in a short period of time, this cute little ice cream parlor has developed quite a reputation, including being named 2015 Best Ice Cream Shop by Westword magazine. High Point Creamery caters to a more sophisticated pallet, with flavors like blackberry swirl, dark-chocolate orange w/ marshmallows & Earl Grey w/ shortbread cookies. They pride themselves on using high quality, organic ingredients, which make the flavors a bit more subtle than other shoppes on the list. But the quality comes through in each bite of these creamy creations. We also highly recommend the “Ice Cream Bombes”, which is the ice cream equivalent to layer cake.
Little Man Ice Cream
2620 16th St, Denver
Ratings: Yelp (4.5/5), Google (4.6/5), UrbanSpoon (4.5/5), Tripadvisor (4.5/5)
What to Get: Salted Oreo, Mexican Chocolate, Raspberry Love
Little Man Ice Cream is a Denver Icon in both its’ ice cream & its’ architecture. The classic silver milk jug shaped building has been a Denver landmark for decades. A warning that the lines at Little Man Ice Cream are usually long, and a typical wait can range from 15 to 30 minutes, but the rich, creamy ice cream is well worth it. So many great flavors to chose from, with both non-dairy & vegan selections available. The salted oreo is one of the signature flavors at Little Man, but the Mexican Chocolate & Orange Creamsicle are also very popular with the locals.
Sweet Cow Ice Cream
637 Front Street, Louisville
Ratings: Yelp (4.5/5), Google (4.8/5), UrbanSpoon (4.5/5), Tripadvisor (5/5)
What to Get: Trick or Treat, E.T. Phone Home, OZO Coffee
Located in the heart of Downtown Louisville is Sweet Cow Ice Cream, a cute little ice cream shop that tailors to the kid in all of us. One bite is all it takes to be hooked on their uber rich, creamy product which uses only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients available. The “E.T. Phone Home” ice cream was a delicious blend of peanut butter & reese’s pieces and made even better served in a pretzel cone. The cleverly named “Trick or Treat” ice cream was a sweet cream base which was then blended with 7 different chocolate bars. The sight of kids frolicking in the artificial turf covered playground in front of the store added to the experience. A must-visit destination for residents of the north metro area. The company also has stores in Denver & Boulder.
Glacier Homemade Ice Cream & Gelato
3133 28th St, Boulder, CO
Ratings: Yelp (4.5/5), Google (4.7/5), UrbanSpoon (4.5/5), Tripadvisor (4.5/5)
What to Get: Funky Donkey, Lemon Raspberry Gelato, Death by Chocolate
Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato has locations in Denver & Colorado Springs, but the flagship store in Boulder is where we fell in love with this wonderful ice cream parlor. The smell of baking waffle cones greeted us as we walked in the door. Glacier has so many flavors of ice cream, sorbet & gelato it can be overwhelming, but the helpful staff is quick to give you a sample to help you make a decision. I tried the Funky Donkey in a fresh waffle cone which was amazing. The Funky Donkey is a rich peanut butter ice cream with Oreo cookies & fudge, which more than satisfied my sweet tooth. The Death by Chocolate, which features double chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips & fudge swirl, is a must try for chocolate lovers. Their Three Nut Rocky Road, packed with peanuts, pistachios& cashews is another winner. So much of their best ice cream is peanut based, so this is not the best choice for someone with a peanut allergy.
Josh & John’s Ice Cream
6896 Centennial Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO
Ratings: Yelp (4/5), Google (4.5/5), UrbanSpoon (4.5/5), Tripadvisor (4.5/5)
What to Get: Oatmeal Cookie, Almond Joy
I have a soft spot in my heart for slow churned ice cream and the best I’ve found in Colorado is at Josh & John’s Ice Cream in Colorado Springs. Each handmade batch is churned for between 30 and 45 minutes by machines that are similar to old, wooden hand-cranked ice-cream makers. They also use locally sourced ingredients, like fresh Colorado grown berries and peaches, which makes a big difference. We were told their Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream was the signature flavor and it did not disappoint. This ice cream was a rich vanilla base with crushed oatmeal cookies and hints of cinnamon. Their Almond Joy Ice Cream was also very tasty, rich with the flavors of coconut, almonds & chocolate.
Liks Ice Cream Shop
2039 E 13th Avenue Denver, CO
Ratings: Yelp (4.5), Google (4.7/5), UrbanSpoon (4.5/5), Tripadvisor (4.5/5)
What to Get: Apple Pie, Cupcake, Graham Cracker
Liks Ice Cream is a popular spot in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. Its a cool building where kids, dogs and locals get together and enjoy a warm summer day in Colorado. And the ice cream – Liks has some of the best in the state if not the country. Liks handmade ice cream is explained in detail on their website, which shows how much they care about their product. Flavors vary from day to day, and the company has created over 300 of them. My favorite was the apple pie ice cream, which may be more of a personal thing for me. There is just something about apple pie & ice cream that I cannot resist. The graham cracker ice cream was also good – a very unique and somewhat intense selection that really brings the graham cracker flavoring.