My three favorite summer foods are watermelon, grilled corn and ice cream. Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite Los Angeles area spots to enjoy one of the world’s favorite icy cool treats.
Butterbeer Ice Cream
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The theme park is now serving Butterbeer-flavored ice cream along with frozen and hot Butterbeer beverages, Butterbeer potted cream and fudge. Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, the cool Hogsmeade ice cream treat is served at various carts located within the village and at The Three Broomsticks restaurant. Get one at night and watch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter light and fire work display. 100 Universal City Plaza. universalstudioshollywood.com.
Farmers market flavors at Small Batch
The family-friendly artisanal ice cream shop Small Batch by “Top Chef” Season 14 winner Brooke Williamson and husband and co-chef Nick Roberts is now open in Mar Vista. The rotating menu of seasonal, house-made ice cream flavors are created by Playa Provisions’ pastry chef Lindsay Kirk using only fresh and natural ingredients found at the local farmers market. Small Batch’s menu features ice cream, sorbets, popsicles, shakes and ice cream sandwiches. There are over 150 fun topping choices. Flavors include fresh sweet corn, lemon with homemade strawberry pop rocks and a unicorn sundae made with a chocolate-dipped waffle cone with a sparkler on top. For adults wanting to stay on the healthier side, the shop also features a great selection of vegan options including chocolate coconut and the vegan lava flow with strawberries and coconut milk. 12222 Venice Blvd., (424)289-9552.
Bring a friend to CREAM
CREAM is gearing up for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 15. Bring a friend or loved one to receive a free cone. Just purchase an ice cream cone and get a second ice cream cone for free at CREAM’s locations in North Hollywood, Northridge and USC Village. Choose from over 20 premium ice cream flavors and a selection of colorful cones. Fun toppings include edible glitter. 11135 W. Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, (818)993-1759. 9000 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, (818)993-1788. 3335 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, (213)742-9090.
Hawaiian shaved ice at Humphry Slocombe
Making its SoCal debut at Smorgasburg LA on July 15 for National Ice Cream Day, Humphry Slocombe will offer its exclusive Hawaiian shaved ice flavor in collaboration with Roy Choi. Order the best-selling yuzu cream or secret breakfast made with bourbon ice cream and cornflake cookies. The Hawaiian shaved ice can also be found at Roy Choi’s restaurant, Commissary at The LINE Hotel, throughout the month of July. Smorgasburg LA at ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St. Commissary, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., (213)368-3030.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with two new flavors at Jeni’s scoop shops – peach buttermilk tart and the dairy-free salty caramel. Try the new buttercrisp waffle cone as well. On Aug. 2, Jeni’s new monthly flavors include sweet corn and blackberries, and almond milk cortado. 1954 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, (323)928-2668. 540 Rose Ave., Venice, (310)314-2024. 123 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)745-0407.
HALO TOP SCOOP SHOPS
There are now two brick-and-motar Halo Top Scoop Shops in the Los Angeles area. One is at the Westfield Topanga and the other is the Westfield Century City. What makes Halo Top different than other ice cream shops are three thing – Low Calorie, Low Sugar and High Protein packed with 16-24 grams of protein per pint. When you first approach the stand alone, ask for a few tastes of the ice cream flavors. Some of the favorite flavors include Cinnamon Roll, Pancakes and Waffles, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Red Velvet, Vanilla Bean, Caramel Macchiato and Sea Salt Caramel. Ice cream and soft serve can be scooped or swirled into a classic cup or one of four cones. There is a cake cone, sugar cone, taco waffle cone and special Halo Top puffle cone. They come in a variety of colors. What’s a puffle cone? It all started with the Hong Kong egg cake (gai daan jai in Cantonese), a sweet street snack commonly found in Hong Kong and Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada. It’s more like a Belgian waffle that is light and airy—slightly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Since it comes out warm, the ice cream starts melting as it is scooped or twirled inside. Be sure to have a bunch of napkins. Halo Top soft serve comes in new low-calorie and high-protein flavors – Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup and Pistachio. Both Halo Top stores are up on the second level of the Westfield Centers. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd. and 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. HALO TOP.
Cauldron Ice Cream
Reinvents ice cream no more icy hardpacked cartons, no more flavorless “flavors”. It’s made with liquid nitrogen and a sweet creamy base. Walk in ad be mesmerized as foggy liquid nitrogen rises to the ceiling creating ice cream in seconds flat. It’s creamy, fresh ice cream inside a famous Puffle Cone. Order my favorite – The Earl Grey Rose Ice Cream. It’s beautiful. Click here for locations Cauldron Ice Cream.
Dolly Llama Ice Cream
Its a Four Step process to achieve a Dolly Llama cones sensation. First order a bubble waffle ice cream cone. They are currently a street food sensation in Hong Kong. Unlike a regular waffle cone, the Bubble cone batter is pillowy in texture. Once the batter is poured, it’s coiled into a cone. Black and white Dolly Llama paper is wrapped around it creating a unique, puffy edible ice cream holder. Next choose an ice cream flavor. There are 8 different flavors Vanilla, Chocolate, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Cookie Monster, Horchata, Green Tea and Coffee. Third step is getting saucy with a selection of over 10 that includes: Nutella, Maple Syrup, Peanut Butter, and Caramel, Last top it off with almost 30 different fresh fruit, favorite candy and whimsical toppings. There are two locations is: one in Koreatown and Downtown Los Angeles – 611 S. Spring Street and 273 S. Western Avenue.