The best ice cream in Seattle (and how to get it)


Ice cream is the comfort food of summer – and the best ice cream is a true work of art. And while it may take a little longer before life returns to normal, we have at least some of the best frozen treats to help us overcome them all. Here are some of our favorite places to get cold.

Molly Moon’s

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The odds are in your favor since seven of the eight Molly Moon locations are now open! With the mission of making the world a better place “one spoon at a time”, Molly Moon offers a daily menu of ten flavors “always” that are produced throughout the year and four seasonal options that are folded down along the way. For many, it doesn’t matter what flavor you get as long as you get it in a waffle cone. Some of the most unique flavors you’ll find here include Union Coffee, Honey Lavender, Yeti (vanilla blended with Yeti granola and Theo Chocolate bits) and Vegan Coconut Chunk. Or, you may want to opt for Molly’s favorite sundae, which is supposed to be a perfect blend of salty and sweet ice cream, chocolate and caramel with hot fudge, candied hazelnuts, local organic topped whipped cream of a chukar cherry.

Squirrel nut gelato

2425, 33e avenue Ouest
Seattle, WA 98199

7212, avenue Greenwood N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Unlike other glaciers, Nutty Squirrel makes its gelato base from scratch and instead of using emulsifiers, they let it sit in a cooling tank for 12 hours to allow the ingredients to bond naturally together. You will find unique flavors such as Turkish coffee, white coffee, Moroccan rose (with marmalade of rose petals), Girl Scout cookies and tea infusions. Visit their online store for curbside pickup orders. The Black Forest gelato kit (which includes two chocolate gelato pins, amarena cherries, brownie fondant, pecans, chocolate chips and four sugar cones) looks particularly good, but their pack of 6 popsicles (rainbow vanilla and chocolate dipped in a crunchy hazelnut) are very popular. And if you just want to go crazy, choose a custom gelato cake, but be sure to give them a two-day preview.

Fondation Shug’s Soda

1525 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Located at the Pike Place market, Shugs is back, but if you’re not ready to go for a walk with others, consider picking up one of their DIY kits to take home! Choose from the Sundae family style kit (two pints of ice cream, dark chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, brownie, Graham crackers, marshmallows, peanuts, amarena cherries and rainbow sprinkles), S’Mores Sundae Kit, Brownie Sundae Kit and the Shugsicle Float for two (two homemade orange sodas or Boylan Root Beer and a pint of ice cream). Or go with the adult drink kits, including the adult root beer float, the champagne float or the Prosecco float.

Frankie and Jo’s

1010 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122

1411 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

And now, for something completely different, what makes Frankie & Jo’s ice cream so special? Plants. All of their ice cream choices are made from cashews and coconut milk, cocoa butter and other goodies. Where can you try flavors like rose and beetroot sorbet (made with, you guessed it, beet juice, strawberries, rose water, apple juice, lemon juice and sugar), Tahini Supercookie chocolate (made with tahini, chocolate and “supercookie” dough)), Salted caramel ash (based on activated charcoal and sea salt) and golden milk with ginger ( based on turmeric root, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper)?

Snoqualmie ice cream

21106 86th Ave SE
Snohomish, WA 98296

Sure, you can find pints of Snoqualmie ice cream at your local grocery store, but consider taking a road trip to the source where “Operation Ice Cream Relief” is in effect. Just go to their driving window and mark a few pints with custom flavors like mango, licorice and lavender. They also offer individual packages of ultra-sweet Mukilteo Mudd (based on four kinds of Belgian chocolate), Mountain Blackberry, salted caramel and vanilla pod as well as ice cream bars and sweet service options. Final note, the Root Beer Float made with Diamond Knot root beer is worth the stop.


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