1. Walrus Ice Cream: Fort Collins
Is your day calling for something a little more than an ice cream cone? Then stop by Walrus’s Ice Cream in downtown Fort Collins and try a Saturdae— a banana split, milkshake, malt or float made with Coopersmith’s Pub and Brewing homemade root beer. Since 1987, Walrus’ has been creating premium ice cream and delectable treats by hand, right in their locally owned store on Mountain Avenue. They have 29 ever-changing flavors daily — and if you really want, you can sample all 29 of them. At Walrus’, they use all-natural ingredients in their ice cream recipe, which is a premium mix without eggs or gluten. Feeling like something on the lighter side? Have a taste of their sorbet (which is dairy free), sherbet, or low-fat frozen yogurt. Once you’ve picked a flavor of ice cream (or sorbet), choose from plain cones, gluten-free cones, hand-dipped white chocolate, or white chocolate cones. For some extra fun, try an ice cream cone rolled in rainbow sprinkles! They also serve crepes seasonally. Finally, if you’re the type of person who loves hot drinks, you’ll love a Wally. Never heard of a Wally? Stop by Walrus today and try one! Make sure you tell them the New SCENE Magazine sent you!
2. Conehead Ice Cream: Berthoud
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy ice cream and that’s just as good if you can get your hands on the soft serve ice cream at Conehead’s in Berthoud. Conehead’s proudly serves Oregon Cascade ice cream and it is truly one of the best hard ice creams you’ll ever taste. But, that’s not all— unlike most dairy dessert places, Conehead’s soft serve ice cream is real. Dairy isn’t considered ice cream unless it has at least 10% butterfat in it, and you won’t find that in a soft serve ice cream very often. Located next door to Hays Market on Mountain Avenue, you won’t be able to resist this delicious frozen treat— whether you end up ordering soft serve, or one of their other 16 ice cream flavors.
3. Paciugo Italian Gelato & Cafe, Loveland
Believe us when we say you’ll swoon for macaroons, shakes, frappes, and traditional Italian gelato at Paciugo Italian Gelato and Cafe located at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland. Born in Italy and recreated in America, Paciugo’s was started by a man named Ugo Ginatta, who wanted to share his love of the tastes of Italy with the world. Armed with a secret family gelato recipe, Ginatta moved to America in 1999 and opened his first Paciugo store. It was love at first taste and America could not get enough of this irresistible Italian ice cream. At Paciugo’s, they make their gelato and sorbetti the traditional Italian way— with the freshest fruits and all-natural ingredients. The result is a light, smooth frozen dessert with 70% less fat than regular ice cream. With more flavor and less fat, they just can’t help it if they got ice cream right the first time.
4. Flavors of the Rockies, Estes Park
Flavor of the Rockies opened in Estes Park in 2013 to provide a wide assortment of sugary treats (including ice cream) to satisfy your sweet tooth. From crazy flavors like apple pie, Jack Daniel’s chocolate chip, banana nut and more, Flavors of the Rockies ice cream is sure to have your mouth watering in no time. This iconic ice cream hang-out is located on West Elkhorn Avenue right off of Moraine Avenue in Estes Park and it’s a great place to take your out-of-town family or friends before or after you’ve hiked up in Rocky Mountain National Park. Not an ice cream lover? Not to worry because Flavors of the Rockies has everything from homemade fudge to chocolate-dipped marshmallows and Grandma’s Mountain Cookies.
5. Robin’s Nest at House of Windsor, Windsor
Locally owned and operated, Robin’s Nest takes pride in bringing their customers a unique way to enjoy the little things in life. When you come to Robin’s Nest, you don’t just get ice cream, you get a much deserved, genuinely relaxing experience. Enjoy a big scoop of ice cream from Longview Creamery, or sip on your favorite brew. No matter what you come in for, you’ll leave a little fuller and a whole lot happier. Robin’s Nest is open six days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they also have scrumptious treats like parfaits, warm pastries, pies, cookies, coffee and of course ice cream. If you live in Northern Colorado, know you don’t have to go far for that afternoon pick-me-up. After all, if you can crave it, you bet you can find it here.