Summer’s classic treat is handcrafted, decorated and served at these Phoenix ice cream shops:
The owners at Sweet Republic hand make everything; from artisan ice creams to cookies, toppings and sauces. Discover twists on classic flavors like rocky road, honey blue cheese and bananas Foster and the signature salted-butter caramel.
9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. 480-248-6979, sweetrepublic.com.
Decorated like an old school soda fountain, Churn is Windsor’s cozy neighbor in Central Phoenix. Homemade ice cream with eight basic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and butter pecan are sweetened up by old fashioned candy, pastries, cookies and coffee.
5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-279-8024, churnaz.com.
Cool Gelato Italiano
New to the Valely ice cream scene, trained Italian gelato-makers Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia craft 20 distinctive flavors made in-house just behind the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Customers can also grab authentic sorbet, gelato sandwiches and gelato affogato, among other treats.
7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale. 480-941-3100, coolgelatoitaliano.com.
This cute spot specializes in Mexican popsicles called paletas. Betty Alatorre makes everything from scratch, using fresh fruit, freshly ground spices and homemade flavorings. Try the exotic bananas Foster paleta, flavored with caramel and rum, or the tart and tangy key lime pie, coated with Graham cracker crumbles.
96 W. Boston St., Chandler. 480-779-8080, paletasbetty.com.
Lee’s Cream Liqueur
Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Lee’s Cream Liqueur uses only premium liqueurs like coconut rum, mango-flavored vodka and handmade kahlua and limoncello to create a grownup spin on a childhood favorite. Locally sourced ingredients from Shamrock Farms and the Arizona Vanilla Company are used in creations like the Godfather, a mix of coffee ice cream and scotch, and the Silk Stocking, a combination of chocolate-chip-walnut ice cream with a shot of tequila.
7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale. 480-429-5337, leescreamliqueur.com.