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Seven Ice Cream Creations You Can’t Miss

Keep your cool this summer with these delicious frozen treats

Summer is in full swingthe clothing sticking to our back says so. Of course, there is no better way to cool down than with your favorite cone in hand but instead of classic vanilla and chocolate, stray away from the classics and explore some truly inventive ice cream creations in Denver this season.

1. Taco tuesdays at Nuggs

Ice Cream Tacos at Nuggs Ice Cream

Ice Cream Tacos at Nuggs Ice Cream. (Photo courtesy of Nuggs Ice Cream.)

We’ll admit, we love tacos in every form. And at Nuggs Ice Cream {5135 E Colfax Ave, Denver;  720.465.9473} we’ve found a new type of taco to drool over—the waffle taco. The folks at Nuggs have drummed up their own version of “Taco Tuesday,” where you can order three scoops of your choosing (vegan options  are available), complete with unlimited toppings, served on a gluten-free shell. 

2. Shaved snow at Snowlab


Photo courtesy of Snowlab

Snow in the summer? It’s possible—it is Colorado after all. But the folks at Snowlab {4360 E. Evans Ave; 720.663.8886} have made it a definite reality. Offering guilt-free eats, this fluffy, melt in your mouth treat is perfect for those hot days ahead. Bonus? The base behind this Taiwanese dessert is soy milk—perfect for vegan and lactose intolerant eaters.

3. Unique Flavors at Sweet Action Ice Cream

Red Pocky Ice Cream and more at Sweet Action. Photo Courtesy of Sweet Action.

Red Pocky Ice Cream and more at Sweet Action. Photo Courtesy of Sweet Action.

Honey Jalapeño Pickle. May sound weird to you but at Sweet Action Ice Cream {52 Broadway, Denver; 303.282.4645} it sounds like a best seller. Using pickles from The Real Dill, this unique treat runs out surprisingly fast. Never fear; Sweet Action offers a variety of  interesting scoops to sample such as Sweet Potato Curry and Chile Lime Sorbet. 

4. Thai Treats at Chaos & Cream


Photo courtesy of Chaos & Cream

Ice cream is best on the go, and Chaos & Cream {720.504.7655} is as mobile as it gets. Inspired by street ice cream carts in Thailand, this mobile cart houses two 18 inch compressor-powered surfaces, cooled to -10 degrees Fahrenheit. Add in fresh ingredients and flavored cream, and watch your ice cream be chopped, smoothed, and rolled right in front of your eyes. The cart regularly makes appearances at Cherry Creek Fresh Market {1st Avenue and University, Denver}, The Source {3350 Brighton Blvd; 720.443.1135}, and has even made it’s way to the ‘burbs. Keep tabs on their page to see where they roll up next.

5. Good things come in pairs at Frozen Matter

Photo Courtesy of Frozen Matter

Photo courtesy of Frozen Matter

Scoop and a shot? Only at Frozen Matter {530 E 19th Ave, Denver; 720.600.6358}. One part ice cream and one part speakeasy—the secretive drinking hole that is Retrogrademakes Frozen Matter the perfect stop for a little adult fun. Although most of the boozy good times lie behind the freezer doorthe entrance to Retrograde—pairings of liquor and ice cream make an appearance. Spoon a bowl of Challah Good! French Toast while you sip on a shot of Elijah Craig Bourbon Whisky and Luxardo Amaretto. 

6. Nostalgic eats at Ice Cream Riot

Red Velvet Pop Tarts with Cream Cheese ice cream

Red Velvet Pop Tarts with Cream Cheese Ice Cream (Photo courtesy of Ice Cream Riot)

Reminisce on the sugary cereals of childhood at Ice Cream Riot {1238 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 720.475.1853}. Owner Jim McNutt nailed down our sugary breakfast favorites, by offering flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Trix, and Cookie Crisp packed with giant cookie chunks. Along with rotating selections of cereal flavored ice cream, don’t miss out on the ice cream sandwiches. With a cool scoop of ice cream nestled in-between two Pop Tarts, we say breakfast never tasted so good. 

7. Not so classic scoops at Little Man Ice Cream


Photo courtesy of Little Man Ice Cream

Of course, we can’t forget our favorite silo, Little Man Ice Cream {2620 16th St, Denver; 303.455.3811}. Although the giant milk-jug-shaped shop pays homage to an older era, the flavors offered are anything but. Fill up your cone with Mexican Chocolate, Bhakti Chai, and sample the famed Purple Cow—a rich berry mix concoction mixed with pieces of dark and white chocolate. (Psst: Don’t miss out on Little Man’s ice cream and shandy social gearing up next weekend!)

By Morgan Carter | Editor