FUN FACT: In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. This year National Ice Cream Day is tomorrow, Sunday, July 21.
Here’s some of my favorite spots to treat yourself to a creamy and sweet cool treat:
FREE ice cream at Halo Top Scoop Shop
Since National Ice Cream Day is on Sunday, July 21, Halo Top Scoop Shop in Century City is celebrating in the sweetest way by giving away free Halo Top Pops in partnership with the social networking app Bumble. These cool treats are only 50 to 60 calories. Halo Top pop-up freezers are packed with pops at the Scoop Shop in Century City while supplies last. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. #2815, (424)303-7359.
Boozy ice cream
On July 21, come into Salt & Straw for their James Coffee & Bourbon creation. James Coffee is belnded with the warm, woodsy sweetness of Greenbar Distillery’s Slow Hand Whiskey to make a new spin on coffee ice cream. It’s available at the West Hollywood, Arts District, Studio City, Venice Beach and Larchmont shops. 8949 Santa Monica Blvd., (424)288-4818; 829 E. 3rd St., (213)988-7070; 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310)310-8429; and 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)466-0485.
Carmela Ice Cream
Come to Carmela, nestled between Mercado Restaurant and Sockerbit candy store near the Grove and Original Farmers Market, and order a scoop or two of Guinness Stout with a touch of molasses. Guinness was created for St. Patrick’s Day, but year-round, this ice cream will have you feeling the “luck of the Irish.” For a lighter flavor, try the organic pear and dry Champagne sorbet. 7920 W. Third St., (323)944-0232.
FREE mochi ice cream
In celebration of the most delicious day of the year, My/Mo Mochi ice cream is teaming up with UNIQLO on July 21 to offer free mochi ice cream all day long. My/Mo’s ice cream is wrapped in sweet rice mochi dough and will be handed to those browsing the racks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Los Angeles, UNIQLO is located at the Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., and downtown at the BLOC, 700 Flower St., (877)486-4756.
Humphry Slocombe – the San Francisco-based premium ice cream company is offering free sprinkles on all ice cream orders at their scoop shops on National Ice Cream Day, 7/21, including their LA location on Abbott Kinney Blvd in Venice! Come in an try their “Secret Breakfast Cone” or celebrate the day with their delicious ice cream at home—you’ll find national delivery of their pints via Goldbelly.
Bennett’s Ice Cream at The Original Farmers Market is offering $1.00 off any ice cream item from 12-7 p.m. on 7/21. One of the last of a vanishing tradition, Scott Bennett and his staff make their own ice cream from fresh ingredients mixed on the spot (you can watch the process through Bennett’s kitchen window!).
Local Ice, also at The Original Farmers Market is offering free sprinkles on all ice cream orders on 7/21! Made in small batches using organic ingredients, their creamy ice cream and dairy-free Italian ices are hand-crafted on site! Classic treats like splits, sundaes and milk shakes are also available.
Artisanal ice cream shop Small Batch
“Top Chef” Season 14 Winner Brooke Williamson and husband/Co-Chef Nick Roberts opened their second Small Batch a few years ago on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista. The rotating menu of seasonal, housemade ice cream flavors are created by Playa Provisions’ pastry chef Lindsay Kirk using only fresh and natural ingredients found at the local farmers market. The menu also features sorbets, popsicles, shakes, and ice cream sandwich. They offer 150 fun topping choices. Families love sharing the Unicorn Sundae with a “uni-cone”—a chocolate-dipped waffle cone with a sparkler on top, reminiscent of a unicorn’s horn. For adults wanting to stay on the healthier side, the shop also features a great selection of vegan options including Chocolate Coconut, Vegan Lava Flow with strawberries and coconut milk, and a spicy Mango Chamoy.