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Best Ice Cream in the Southwest

Want Ice Cream? Here's the Scoop


If you've been craving a waffle cone or a fully loaded sundae, we've got you covered. Here's a guide to the best ice cream spots in the Southwest. 

Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, Denver


Just look for the line flowing out the front door and you’ll know you’re in the right place. Located near Washington Park, Bonnie Brae Ice Cream has been serving up incredible homemade cones, sundaes, banana splits, shakes and treats for more than 20 years. Expect flavors that include butterscotch custard, banana cream pie, caramel apple, chocolate marble cake and more.


Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream, Wickenburg, Ariz.

It’s been around in Wickenburg for more than 30 years, so you know it’s got to be good. It is. When you come, you can expect a variety of homemade flavors such as pistachio, cherry vanilla, chocolate brownie chunk, boysenberry, peanut-butter fudge and coconut cream. Want to dress your ice cream up? Try topping it with homemade caramel, spicy cocoa or hot fudge. 


Leatherby’s Family Creamery, Taylorsville, Utah

Everything here is fresh, from the homemade whipped cream to the hand-dipped ice cream to the soups, salads and sandwiches that are also served on the menu. Sauces are hand-stirred on a 60-gallon kettle, and ice cream is rich and made on sight. Favorite flavors include bubble gum, mocha royale, Swiss milk chocolate, cake batter and pralines ‘n’ cream. Sorbet, yogurt and sherbert are also available. 


Serendipity 3, Las Vegas

Serendipity 3

Looking for something truly decadent? Then head to Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace. Famous for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, $1,000 Golden Opulence sundae (made with 23-karat edible gold) and creative drink offerings (I like the cotton candy martini), this is the place to go for anyone with a sweet tooth. The also have wonderful quiche, omelets and breakfast sandwiches. 


Blue Bell Creamery, Brenham, Texas

The motto at this little creamery is “we eat all we can and we sell the rest,” and during a visit here, you’ll see that it holds true – there’s ice cream everywhere. After you take a tour of the property and learn about this much-loved business, you’ll get a free bowl of whatever kind of ice cream you like. But despite inventive flavors such as chocolate mud pie, summer berries and southern blackberry cobbler, the No. 1 flavor remains good ole vanilla.


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