There were a lot of ice cream places to choose from in Colorado and not a lot of time. I wish we could have tried them all, but we did manage to fit in three in four days, so a worthy attempt.
Em's Ice Cream
Em's Ice Cream is a small batch, organic, ice cream cart. They have one regular location and a few on the move carts in the Denver area. We found a cart at the Red Rocks Amphitheater where they were dishing up scoops during the Steely Dan concert.
I got a scoop of Coffee, and Shannon got a scoop of the Burnt Brown Sugar.
I tend to be partial to ice cream with a beach view, but I have to admit that this ice cream view was pretty spectacular.
Em's ice cream was amazingly smooth and creamy. Both flavors were vibrant. It was my #1 as far as ice cream taste goes. It was also Shannon's #1, but also a tie with a flavor from another ice cream place...more on that later.
Glacier Homemade Ice Cream and Gelato
Glacier is located in Boulder, Colorado.
I chose to go here based on a recommendation from the travel podcast and fellow ice cream enthusiast, Extra Pack of Peanuts.
They had a TON of flavors. They just went on, and on, and on, and many of them sounded so yummy.
Making final decisions took quite some time. I ended up going with the Jamaican Coconut and the Funky Donkey, because, peanut butter. Shannon got the Key Lime Pie and Cinnamon.
The ice cream at Glacier was also very creamy. It was my second favorite and Shannon's third.
Little Man Ice Cream
We both agree that Little Man Ice Cream in Denver is the coolest ice cream place we've been to thus far.
It's a popular place, so you have to be willing to wait in line. It's worth the wait.
Even though there was a mass of fellow ice cream eaters, there was plenty of seating.
It's not just a place to grab a scoop. It's a place to enjoy. You can relax, hang out, and have a long chat with friends.
There was a slide for the kids,
and live music.
Oh, and of course, there's ice cream.
They had really fun flavors. I got the Honey Almond and the Fluffernutter.
Shannon got the Creme Frache and the Strawberry Peppercorn Balsamic.
He still talks about the Strawberry Peppercorn Balsamic. It was fantastic.
My ice cream was good, but it ended up being the 3rd on my list. I think that this is probably because after trying the Strawberry Peppercorn Balsamic, I had flavor envy. My flavors just didn't pop as much.
I fell in love with this ice cream place. If you go to Denver, I highly recommend visiting Little Man Ice Cream.
It may be a bit unfair to rank this time around because all of the ice cream was very good. Well done Colorado, you've got a great ice cream scene going on.