We All Scream!
A fierce taste-off for the creamiest, most delicious ice cream in the Valley
- Written byJane BorIM
1. Local Ice
Tucked away in a small shopping center, Local Ice is easy to miss. But you shouldn’t. This one-of-a-kind “mom & pop” shop offers an array of decadent flavors and prides itself on using all organic ingredients. It shows. Minty Mash sent our panel of judges over the moon.
JBB: Smooth and refreshing. The creaminess is perfectly balanced with crunchy, chocolaty chunk.
EB: Refreshing and a clever take on the Girl Scout cookie craze.
JB: A modern twist on a classic flavor!
SN: The only downside was that I had to share with the others! I want more!
12747 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-505-8111, local-ice.com
2. Sweet Rose Creamery
This five-store chain has friendly service, a colorful vibe and picnic-style outdoor patio. They also deliver!
JBB: It was #Flawless.
EB: Smooth and crazy good!
JB: It is fresh and light.
SN: Super-sweet but super-great!
4377 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 310-260-2663, sweetrosecreamery.com
3. Wanderlust Creamery
Pretzel & Rugbraou
True to its name, all flavors in this shop are completely unique and related to travel. The flavor our judges selected was inspired by Iceland.
JBB: I was expecting a pretzel taste, but in reality I got coffee with some chunks of pretzel.
EB: Extremely unique flavor. Never had anything like it!
JB: It was probably the creamiest of them all.
SN: If you don’t like coffee, don’t try this flavor.
18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 818-774-9888, wanderlustcreamery.com
4. Cold Stone Creamery
The granddaddy of Valley ice cream shops, Cold Stone Creamery doles out cones and cups from its spot inside the historic La Reina Theatre.
JBB: It was quite ordinary. Nothing special.
EB: Without the mix-ins, it is very gooey and drab.
JB: Chocolate much? If you’re a chocolate lover, this is the flavor for you.
SN: I love the extremely soft texture.
14622 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818-907-2702, coldstonecreamery.com
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Samantha Newman, 18, iLEAD North Hollywood
Elizabeth Bissell, 17, iLEAD North Hollywood
Jane Borim, 17, iLEAD North Hollywood
Josie Bender Bernstein, 17, LA County High School for the Arts
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