Ice cream cones are ready for customers at the pick-up counter of Sweet Cow ice cream shop in Denver, on Wednesday, May 19. (Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
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Denver’s ice cream scene offers something sweet for everyone. There’s ice cream as speakeasy front, ice cream inside giant cream can, ice cream from old fashioned soda shoppes, ice cream deliveries and ice cream pop-ups.
But for ice cream that I crave weekly — sometimes daily, let’s be honest — there are fewer options to speak of. Here are the three on my personal shortlist, depending on the kind of treat I’m seeking out.
This is the spot for scoops and pints in constantly changing flavors that really get my particular brand of ice cream freak. I’m talking Snickers, Orange Creamsicle, Vermont Maple Walnut, Fluffernutter and so many more. I love that each location (six in all, between Denver, Louisville and Boulder) has a slightly different flavor lineup. I also love the cows everywhere, and I wish I was young enough to play on them. 1882 S. Pearl St., Denver, plus five more locations, sweetcowicecream.com
The Scotcheroo Blender from Knockabout Burgers at Avanti is made with soft serve ice cream, peanut butter sauce, chocolate syrup, butterscotch syrup, rice crispies and chocolate chips. (Provided by Knockabout Burgers)
The Blenders here are to die for. Sometimes I think about them first thing in the morning and right before I go to sleep. And they’re straightforward: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough; Salted Caramel and Toffee; and Scotcheroo with peanut butter, chocolate, butterscotch and Rice Krispies on top. (They all start with a vanilla soft serve base.) Sometimes, you’ll come across crazy seasonal specials, too, like Matcha Lavender or Rainbow Unicorn Delight. 3200 Pecos St., Denver, inside Avanti F&B, starting for the season by May 25, avantifandb.com
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Curt Peterson, owner of Smith + Canon Ice Cream Co pours an ice cream coffee drink for a customer, June 6, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Mohatt, Special to The Denver Post)
Smith + Canon
Every time I eat ice cream with coffee, I think, I should be doing this more often. And the combination is best, I’m convinced, at Smith + Canon on East Colfax Avenue and inside the new Clayton hotel. At the latter, you’ll want to go for affogatos, scoops of ice cream with espresso poured over top. My order is the Foxy Brown (tastes like cinnamon rolls and cheesecake, combined!) with a shot of decaf. At the original parlor on Colfax, ask for a full coffee float. 233 Clayton St., inside Oak Market at the Clayton, and 2260 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, smithcanon.com
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