Do we hate the marketing gimmick of National Your Favorite Addictive Food Days? Of course. Unless it’s ice cream. Then it’s ok. We’ve been celebrating it all month thanks to a Presidential Proclamation by sweet-tooth Ronald Reagan, and there’s still one whole day (July 19) relegated to all things cold, sweet and creamy. Here are some specials to get before the dog days of August arrive.
Sweet Rose Creamery: Summer is in full swing with Fig Jam Swirl, Melon sorbet, and Sweet Corn ice cream; July’s featured flavors at the shops in Santa Monica and Beverly Grove. On Sunday, July 19, ice cream master Shiho Yoshikawa teams up with barman Matt Biancaniello at the Beverly Boulevard location to serve some boozy scoops as a part of A Sustainable Kitchen’s summer event series. From 4-7 p.m., give flavors like sea kelp and sake or kombu-dashi-infused whiskey sorbet a spin.
Salt & Straw: While the summer street food series has come to an end — no more Guelaguetza-inspired mole flan ice cream — the July menu, dubbed Berries, Berries, Berries, features flavors like Meyer Lemon and Blueberry, and Birthday Cake, and Blackberry Jam, along with strawberry banana splits. Stop in for a scoop on July 19 and nominate your favorite local charity to receive a portion of National Ice Cream Day proceeds. Just post a picture of your favorite Salt & Straw scoop on social media, tagging the ice creamery, the charity and #NationalIceCreamDay
Amorino Gelato: It’s a BOGO deal at the Beverly Hills gelateria on July 19. The special flavor for July is a refreshing Lime & Basil, which looks rather lovely shaped as a rose with something like strawberry gelato. Get a scoop (or two) at the National Ice Cream Day happy hour from 5-7 p.m. where you can buy one, get one cone free by posting a photo and tagging #TasteAmorino on social media and showing the salesperson.
McConnell’s: We blame the fast-moving line at the Grand Central Market ice cream counter for the copious amounts of salted caramel chip sundae lunches this summer; it just always seems to move faster than Eggslut’s lines. Post a picture of your favorite McConnell’s scoop or ice cream creation and tag them on social media (#McConnells) for a chance to win free pints. There’s a new winner every Friday throughout July.
Small Batch: Pastry chef Kristin Feuer is having way too much fun at the Playa Provisions ice cream counter. Some seasonal creations includes Seafoam ice cream, a butter mint with blue and green sprinkles; Campfire, a flavor made with burnt marshmallow swirled with homemade fudge and graham crackers; a wild cherry phosphate float with tart cherry syrup, vanilla ice cream and “fizz”; and waffle tacos. That’s right, taco-shaped waffle cones stuffed with your choice of ice cream and topped with sprinkles or nuts.
iPic Theaters: When it’s stifling hot and the only thing to do is sit in a movie theater, go to this Westwood oupost for a Banilla Boozy Milkshake all month long. Made with milk, banana, vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge syrup and rum (or no rum, but that’s no fun), we’re pretty sure the Minions would love it.
Komodo: The Pico outpost cools off with bunuelos, little fried donut holes, topped with a scoop of Fosselman’s French vanilla ice cream all month long. Only $5, too.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen: A day of shopping at the Westfield Century City mall should be followed by a bowl of ice cream. Chef Mohan Ismail has a globally-inspired ice cream trio on the menu for July—a scoop each of Vietnamese coffee, milk chocolate, and condensed milk.