Homemade Ice Cream in Seattle (October 2016)
While Seattle may be known for its cloudy skies, that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy our ice cream just as much as everyone else. These handmade ice cream shops take pride in their local sourcing of ingredients and original flavors that keep the taste buds guessing. Visit in the cooler months and avoid the lines!
1. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
No Seattle ice cream list would be complete without mentioning Molly Moon’s. The famous shop holds the bar high by sourcing 90% of its ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, donating more than 3,200 scoops of ice cream a year to raise money for nonprofits and public schools, and using compostable items wherever possible. Molly Moon’s Anna Banana Milk Fund raises money every year to supply hundreds of families with milk products.
The business rotates seasonal flavors while keeping a steadfast supply of regular flavors, such as Scout Mint (with Girl Scout Thin Mints inside), Earl Grey, and Honey Lavender.
You can find Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in seven spots in and around Seattle, including one in Wallingford.
2. Full Tilt Ice Cream
Experience an ice cream shop truly intended for the entire family by visiting Full Tilt Ice Cream, a shop with live music, pinball, arcade games, and beer. The business keeps reliably classic flavors like Birthday Cake and Dark Chocolate around, but also experiments with temporary flavors like Archie McPhee Dill Pickle.
Full Tilt stays active in the Seattle community by participating in local events and offering freebies and specials for national events such as National Banana Split Day or National Hot Fudge Day.
While the original shop is worth visiting in its White Center location, you can also visit Full Tilt Ice Cream in Columbia City, the U-District, or Ballard.
3. Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Shake things up by visiting this ginger beer specialist and indulging in its sour-sweet goodness. Rachel’s Ginger Beer’s fresh ingredients and original flavors make for a memorable soda.
So where does the ice cream come in? The company’s original location at Pike Place Market sells soft serve and will make an ice cream float out of the RFB flavor of the customer’s choice. If you’re looking to take the edge off, servers can even add in a shot of rum or whiskey.
Bluebird Ice Cream has 2 locations: Capitol Hill as well as Greenwood/Phinney, which is closest to us. This spot is one of Julie's favorites due to its convenient location as well as the types of flavors (marionberry, snickerdoodle,chocolate pudding) and shorter lines compared to Molly Moon's.
The creativity doesn’t stop with these shops; visit Seattle Pops in Fremont for some fruity popsicles, stop by Parfait in Old Ballard for fun treats like macaron ice cream sandwiches, or try Nutty Squirrel Gelato on Phinney Ridge for unforgettable homemade gelato. Wherever you go, there is sure to be something tasty and new to try.
On a sunny day, take a walk around Green Lake and reward yourself with a delicious frozen treat. You deserve it!