Denver's five best ice cream parlors

Categories: Best of Denver

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Sweet Cow
Sweet Cow, 637 Front Street, Louisville
This Louisville-based store is a micro-batch-focused shop that starts with cream, sugar and natural flavorings and creates a lineup of indulgences that are close-your-eyes good: thick and velvety, bursting with gooey swirls and crunchy accoutrements, and so creamy they're practically buttery. We're into the apple pie, the robust Ozo coffee and the sweet corn, but we'll basically eat a scoop of anything that comes from Sweet Cow.

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Glacier Ice Cream
1. Glacier Ice Cream, 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder
This Boulder-based outfit makes celestial ice cream, churning cream and sugar into sweet, silky confections, some of them studded with tiny bits of cake or candy. You can find more popular flavors packaged up at several retail shops around town -- or offered on many restaurant dessert lists -- but it's worth heading straight to the source. The Glacier Homemade Ice Cream shop scoops a variety of frequently rotated creations into cups or cones; our favorites include the caramel Oreo, spicy chai, Junior Mint and dulce de leche. Glacier also partners with other purveyors -- including local brewers, cake-makers and restaurants -- to turn out special seasonal one-offs. The frequent collaborations with Kim & Jake's Cakes, a Boulder bakery, are particularly dreamy. And that's what earned the shop our Best Ice Cream award in Best of Denver 2012.

Honorable mentions go to Skoops Ice Cream & More and Coaches Scoop Frozen Desserts.

Have another favorite? Tell us about it below.

More Best of DenverĀ® 2012 Lists:

- Denver's ten best new restaurants

- Denver's five best seafood restaurants

- Denver's ten best Italian restaurants

- Denver's five best Japanese restaurants

All of these lists are also available on our Best of app; see it in action at http://bestof.voiceplaces.com/denver-boulder.


Location Info

Venue

Map

Little Man Ice Cream

2620 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Action Ice Cream

52 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Cow

637 Front St., Louisville, CO

Category: Restaurant

Glacier Ice Cream

4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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14 comments
Niki Kessinger
Niki Kessinger

Well, Jeff, now I have multiple ice cream trips when Kathleen returns in December. Thanks!

Lynda Bay
Lynda Bay

I've been to Denver, tasted their ice creams and it was so great! I wish to come back again this summer. :) _______________ Want an ice cream business? click here for more information.

Lucy Hill
Lucy Hill

THanks for this post! I've been to Toronto's best ice cream parlor...and this top parlors are also equally great by the look of it.. :) ----------- ice cream for business! click here

Guest
Guest

the photo for Liks is incorrect.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Where can I get chocolate almond ice cream, or is there no telling?

mmclau12
mmclau12 like.author.displayName 1 Like

What about Bonnie Bray ice cream !!!

butterfat
butterfat like.author.displayName 1 Like

What, no Bonnie Brae ??

And Sweet Action has a great scene but they are a bit lacking...

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Mick Bizzo
Mick Bizzo

Ei's Gelato in Park Hill. Check it out.

Marin
Marin

BIG vote #2 for Scrumptious in Arvada. Their blueberry pancake ice cream was the best thing I'd ever put in my mouth until I tried their caramel apple ice cream. That's right, they hold the two top slots for Best Thing I Ever Put in My Mouth. And I've put a lot of stuff in my mouth in my day.

Mike Michaelson
Mike Michaelson

Clound 9 Frozen Custard on 8th Ave just east of Colorado Blvd. Love Liks & Bonnie Brae too!

Mookie
Mookie

Scrumptious, in Arvada?

Sosfrojd
Sosfrojd like.author.displayName 1 Like

No offense, and I especially love Sweet Cow, but where is Bonnie Brae? Perhaps you never had the fortitude to stand in line to get in there on a summer's eve...

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

Hard to argue with Glacier or Sweet Cow, both excellent.

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