Calling all ice cream lovers! We blinked and totally missed National Ice Cream Cone Day thanks to a number of things, including but not limited to, the traffic nightmare from the #ChinesePresident visit so we’ve compiled a fashionably-late list of the best ways to celebrate your love for all things frozen and sweet in Seattle. This was a day to not just honor the frozen and sweet joy of ice cream, but also acknowledge the thankless vessels that capture the final moments of every ice cream adventure in a way that an inedible bowl and spoon simply cannot.
- The Homerun: If you’re one of the lucky souls with a job that allows telecommuting, we highly suggest celebrating in the comfort of your own home, townhome, apartment, microstudio, etc. Take a quick trip to Whole Foods and head straight to the frozen isle to grab some Choctál. This single origin ice cream has eight different types of chocolate and vanilla flavors sure to please any palette. Mix up the traditional cone by picking up a box of stroopwafels to use as an edible spoon with your Choctál. Yum!
- The Italian Job: Tucked away from the crowds of Pike Place market is a little gem of an Italian café also known as Procopio Gelateria. This place has been open since 1980, meaning they’ve been able to keep natives and tourists happy with “Seattle’s Finest Gelati” for 35 years! With over a dozen flavors of gelato, you’re sure to find new favorite to enjoy in a fresh cone. Be sure to give them a try for lunch or early dinner, we’ve been known to sneak down for a midday work break for their delicious pasta and a glass of wine (or three).
- The Low-Carb: For ice cream lovers feeling left out of the fun due to voluntary or involuntary dietary restrictions, fret no more! Sneak into a Safeway near you and run, don’t walk, to the ice cream section. Near the low-calorie and carb-filled ice cream options is an unassuming box of Lucerne brand low-carb AND low-calorie ice cream bars. Choose from Chocolate Fudge or Chocolate Covered Vanilla, both flavors are sure to hit the spot! We know, we know – there’s not a cone involved in this option, but for low-carb enthusiasts it’s a solid replacement!
- The Little Shop: Tucked away on 19th Avenue is a little cookie shop that also serves up scoops a local favorite known as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. You’ll want to take advantage of this sweet combination sooner than later – the ice cream window is only open from May through September before the cold air takes over and Pacific Northwesterners begin their winter hibernation.
- The Microcreamery: If you’re looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day alongside great food and a stiff drink, look no further than Bluebird Microcreamery and Brewery. You read that right, this place is an ice cream parlor, brewery and restaurant all blended into one establishment. Think of it as a dessert, beer and food symphony coming together to create the quintessential Capitol Hill foodie experience.
Take a moment for yourself and ice cream cones everywhere by advocating for this especially sweet day at school, work, home and anywhere in between! What’s your favorite way to enjoy ice cream? Let us know in the comments!
Photo Credit: Renee Comet Photography