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September 22nd, 2018

We All Scream for (SF Local) Ice Cream!

Ice cream isn’t just a summer treat – it always hits the spot, no matter the weather. California produces the most dairy in the country, and combined with the can-do attitude of ingenuity, ice cream in San Francisco is always a notch above the rest.

Try unusual flavor combinations and organic ingredients at these 5 local ice cream businesses found around the city.

1. Ginger Elizabeth

We’ll admit, we’re partial to Ginger Elizabeth because of their Coffee & Whiskey ice cream made with Seven Stills whiskey. Made with coffee and whiskey ice cream, the mix of chocolate chip cookie dough and toffee sauce is a divine combination of flavors. Visit the Ginger Elizabeth boutique at 3108 Fillmore St. in the Pacific Heights neighborhood for macarons, specialty-made chocolates, ice cream, and more.

2. Humphry Slocombe

With ingredients that range from prosciutto ham and bananas to beets and potato chips, Humphry Slocombe is an obvious choice for a city that revels in thinking - and eating - outside of the box. Try one of the shop’s marvelous creations from locations in the Ferry Building and the Mission District. We recommend their flagship flavor Harvey Milk & Honey Graham, made with raw blackberry honey ice cream and graham cracker cookies. You can also make your selection from their ever-changing monthly flavor list, where creativity reigns supreme! Located at One Ferry Building and 2790A Harrison St. in the Mission.

3. Smitten Ice Cream

What sets Smitten Ice Cream apart from just about every parlor in America is their “churn to order” service, which mixes up every order on the spot. Watch fresh milk, cream, sugar, salt and whatever toppings you’ve selected turn into ice cream before your very eyes! Pineapple upside down cake, cookie dough with pretzels and watermelon cream are just a few of the flavors to choose from. Locations include Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, the Marina and Mission districts. Go ahead, give it a whirl.

4. Three Twins Ice Cream

Three Twins started in 2005, creating “inconceivably delicious” ice cream using only organic ingredients. They now offer the most expansive line of organic ice cream in the country, available in grocery stores like Whole Foods. Suffice it to say, Three Twins is consistent, tasty, and well-established. Its San Francisco location is in the SF International Airport, so you can enjoy a taste of the Three Twins in Terminal 1 before or after your flight.

5. Twirl and Dip Soft Serve

In the mood for soft serve ice cream? The Twirl and Dip Soft Serve truck in Golden Gate Park has the best soft serve in San Francisco. Located near the California Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden, Twirl and Dip is a “full ice cream parlor experience on four wheels,” serving specialty sundaes, ice cream floats, popsicles, and a generous selection of handmade sauces and toppings. Stop by their location while in Golden Gate Park and order a refreshing ice cream served in a hand-rolled sugar cone.


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