Arizona is brimming with spots to grab a cool-you-down treat, but these five time-honored ice cream shops are tops when it comes to savoring a good, old-fashioned scoop (even if the flavor might be a little quirky).
At its three stores (Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe), Sweet Republic scoops up artisan ice cream that you won’t soon forget. From unexpected flavors like the seasonal sweet corn and peaberry espresso to tried-and-true classics, Sweet Republic does it all and deliciously. For an over-the-top treat, stick a spoon in the Ultimate Sundae with four scoops of ice cream, almond toffee brittle, pecans, chocolate chip cookie chunks, hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, whipped cream and roasted marshmallows.
Since 1958, Sugar Bowl has been the sweetest thing about Scottsdale. The old-fashioned shop serves up the tastiest treats, in cones, sundaes and floats, as well as offers savory soups, sandwiches and salads. This landmark is a Founding Business of Scottsdale and was placed on Scottsdale’s Historic Preservation Register.
Upward Projects, the team behind Postino, Joyride Taco House and Windsor, satisfies our sweet tooth with its ice cream shop, Churn. Order up a scoop of peanut butter ice cream in a pretzel cone for a sweet-and-salty dessert, though you can’t go wrong with any of Churn’s tasty options. Churn also sells baked goods, coffees, old-fashioned candy and cute toys and gifts.
A beloved Phoenix staple since the 1950’s, Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream whips up sundaes, shakes, floats, malts and scoops with ice cream flavors that range from black licorice to rocky road. Dining with a group? Give the Grand Canyon a go, which comes in at 11 pounds and showcases a dozen ice cream flavors—if you dare.
Gilbert’s Udder Delights touts itself as life-changing ice cream, and everyone who walks in its doors can taste why. For more than a decade, the team at Superstition Farm has used its fresh, local ingredients to create delectable cheeses, artisan butters, cheese-infused desserts and award-winning ice cream. There are dairy-free and vegan options, as well as Pooches N’ Cream treats for pups.