We All Scream!

A fierce taste-off for the creamiest, most delicious ice cream in the Valley

1. Local Ice 

Minty Mash

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

SCORE: 10

 

2. Sweet Rose Creamery

Classic Vanilla

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

SCORE: 9

 

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 

SCORE: 8

 

4. Cold Stone Creamery

Fudge Truffle

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

SCORE: 6

 

 

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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