On a hot July day, there’s nothing quite like a cold, sweet scoop of ice cream to re-energize the senses. While you’re busy boating and biking around the southwest metro this summer, don’t stress about where you’ll find a refreshment: We’ve done the work for you and found five of the best places to stop and rest with a cone or cup:
Lost Lake Creamery
No need to drive to this hidden treasure; you can bike, boat or walk right up to Lost Lake Creamery for a frozen cone. Visitors bike along the Regional Bike Trail from as far as downtown Minneapolis to dine at the downtown Mound location, said owner Monica Kahmeyer.
Lost Lake opened in 2014 and carries 24 flavors, shakes and malts. The most popular flavor at this seasonal store is Superman, Kahmeyer said, which combines blue raspberry, cherry and vanilla ice cream in a fruity and colorful swirl. Second runner-up is Pirate’s Bounty, which packs caramel ice cream with chocolate candy and cookies.
Lost Lake’s flavors come from Cedar Crest Ice Cream and usually include multiple gluten free flavors and a non-dairy sorbet option. There’s even a treat for your four-legged friend, Kahmeyer added: A doggy flavor that’s just a small scoop of vanilla ice cream with a dog treat on it.
“We have some customers that get it for the dogs every time they visit, which is regularly,” she said.
Lost Lake Creamery is at 5575 Shoreline Drive, Mound. Open noon-9 p.m. daily.
Adele’s Frozen Custard
Craving a fresh treat? Everything at Adele’s Frozen Custard is made fresh daily.
“From our waffles cones and custard pies to our giant deli sandwich, everything is made fresh to order,” said Emma Crowell, Adele’s general manager. “We make all the frozen custard and yogurt onsite in a one-of-a-kind machine.”
The difference between ice cream and frozen custard lies in the texture. For 35 years, Adele’s has served up smooth, creamy frozen custard to the visitors to its Excelsior location. While ice cream is made by mixing air into a creamy mixture, frozen custard is made by whipping air out of the creamy base and adding a bit of egg, giving it a “smooth, velvety, rich texture,” Crowell said.
Adele’s Frozen Custard is at 800 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily in April. Summer hours subject to change.
Scoops Ice Cream
If you don’t see what you want at Bloomington’s Scoops Ice Cream, all you have to do is ask. Visitors can request a flavor from any of the five creameries that Scoops uses and see the flavor in stock within the week, the shop’s website proclaims.
A married couple opened the store in 1994 as a spot for sports teams and families alike to relax after a game or a day at the lake. With special events on the Fourth of July and other holidays that keep the store open late, you can satisfy your cravings at Scoops any time.
Scoops Ice Cream is at 7700 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington. Open Monday to Saturday from noon-9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-9:30 p.m.
Ever wondered what Halley’s Comet tastes like? You can try it out at Licks Unlimited in Excelsior. The popular flavor combines chocolate and vanilla with a caramel swirl and chocolate-covered caramel cups, a flavor delivered to visitors by Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream in Madison, Wisconsin.
While the shop’s 40 flavors, like Fat Elvis (banana ice cream with chocolate chips and a peanut butter ripple), are eye-catching, what stands out at Licks Unlimited are the cones. Visitors can choose from 11 varieties, including sugar, cake, waffle cones and bowls, and a plethora of sprinkles and dips to complement the flavor of your choice.
Classic flavors are available to those who crave a simple pleasure: Enjoy a chocolate, black cherry or praline treat to balance out the heat of the day.
Licks Unlimited is at 31 Water Street, Excelsior. Open noon-9 p.m. daily.
Honey & Mackie’s
For a hyper-local taste, try one of Honey & Mackie’s cones: They’re all made in small batches in-store, and are constantly rotating through 100 in-house recipes.
On any given day, visitors can try one of the 24 flavors in the store with a side of homemade “state fair-style” fries, made fresh every day with Idaho potatoes and gluten free.
No dairy? No problem: Honey & Mackie’s always has two dairy-free sorbets for anyone who needs a cool-down cone but can’t stomach lactose.
Honey & Mackie’s is at 16725 County Road 24, Plymouth. Open 3-9 p.m. weekdays and 3-10 p.m. on Friday, noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday. Summer hours subject to change.