O.C. Ice Cream Roundup
I scream, you scream, the OC screams for ice cream! Celebrate National Ice Cream Day (or any day!) at one (or all!) of these standout Orange County sweet treat shops.
With a name that stands for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”, we trust the creators at CREAM to serve up some serious sweets! Venture past classic flavors and try the smooth and delicious Green Tea ice cream ($2.50) at CREAM at Irvine Spectrum Center! It pairs perfectly with warm and chewy snicker doodle cookies.
Scoops N Scoops at Walnut Village Center is one of O.C.’s newest liquid nitrogen ice cream shops to arrive. The Birthday Brownie Cake N Waffle Bowl ($5.50) is made from real white cake mix, tossed with rainbow sprinkles and freshly baked brownie bites, and served in a freshly made waffle bowl.
Have you tried Casey’s Cupcakes new cupcake-infused ice cream treats yet? Each pint of the new ice cream from Casey’s Cupcakes contains an entire cupcake folded into the ice cream, which makes for a super fluffy, silky ice cream. Look for delicious flavors such as Decadent Dark Chocolate, Casey’s Confetti, Rockin’ Red Velvet and Sassy Strawberry. Casey’s Cupcakes is located at Irvine Spectrum Center, Fashion Island and Woodbury Town Center.
The Cookie Crumble Sundae ($3.49) from Stax Cookie Bar at University Center is a little cup of heaven! Served with your ice cream flavor and cookie of choice and topped off with fresh whipped cream and a cherry, this is a customizable sweet treat for the ages.
Creamistry, which opened its first location at Crossroads in Irvine two years ago — is now one of the country’s fastest growing liquid nitrogen ice cream shop concepts, delivers pure edible science in dessert from.
Must try: the special roasted black sesame ice cream topped with mochi balls and red bean ($7.50), a delightful Asian-inspired ice cream treat that has a uniquely nutty and toasty flavor. Black sesame seeds are hand roasted in small batches to ensure optimal flavor and freshness, and then ground to a fine texture that pairs well with the innate creaminess of any of Creamistry’s three ice cream bases.
And of course, we can’t forget about one of the first gourmet ice cream shops in O.C.: Sprinkles Ice Cream at Corona del Mar Plaza! The kid in us loves the Cap’N Crunch, caramelized cap’n crunch cereal playfully sprinkled into milky cap’n crunch flavored ice cream and of course, we also still love their Red Velvet ice cream — sweet cream swirled with bits of Sprinkles’ signature red velvet cupcake.
Word on the street is Honeymee is the bee’s knees! We can’t wait to try their signature swirl of soft, creamy milk ice cream drizzled with golden, raw honey when they open at Harvard Place Shopping Center in the fall!