Sometimes it’s hard to get yourself out of the cold, crisp air conditioning on a sticky, summery day in Kansas City. But with summer nearing its end, I urge you to scoop yourself up to try some of the city’s best ice cream shops. You’ll quickly see, it was mint to be.
1. Glacé Artisan Ice Cream – We all know how irresistible Christopher Elbow’s chocolates are, and his ice cream flavors are just as creative and delicious. With two locations (south of the Plaza and Leawood), Elbow develops flavors including local Roasterie coffee and Boulevard beer. Newly featured flavors you can expect to see are Goat Cheese & Cherry, Birthday Cake & Blackberry Swirl as well as Ginger Honey Lemon. Some of the shop’s unique signature flavors are Lemon Basil, Sweet Cream, Port Wine & Fig, Chamomile Flower, Salted Pretzel, Christopher Elbow Dark Chocolate and many more. Don’t knock it till you try it! Bonus: Also check out Elbow’s new Fairway Creamery, now serving dip cones!
2. Cirque du Sucre – A new ice cream and dessert truck owned by Kansas City pastry chef, Natasha Goellner, serves delicious ice cream, made-from-scratch waffle cones, hand-shaved ices, banana splits, cookies and macarons. Her unique specialty of ice cream sandwiches made with 3-inch macarons brings a beautiful twist to an ice cream sandwich. Follow her on Facebook to see where her truck will be parked today!
3. Annedore’s Fine Chocolates – A quaint, gourmet chocolate shop located on the corner of State Line and West 50th Terrace introduces a wide selection of gelato and sorbet, exclusively during the summer. Flavors range from Rootbeer Float, Pistachio, Mint Chocolate Chip, Grapefruit Prosecco, Toasted Coconut, Key Lime Pie and Birthday Cake to Mixed Berry Sorbet, Chocolate, Lemon Basil Sorbet and Salted Caramel. Although it’s known for its beautifully presented chocolates, Annedore’s summer sweets are a must-try.
4. Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard – This locally owned shop, located in Brookside and Leawood, is known for its creamy, rich custard. Foo’s offers Butter Pecan, German Chocolate, Candybar Crunch, Cheeseberry, S’more, and many more attention-grabbing options. The hard part is deciding if you want your custard in a cone, cup, sundae or concrete. Along with custard, Foo’s in Leawood also offers breakfast and lunch.
5. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream – If you haven’t visited the relatively new location in River Market, there is also a shop located in Waldo. The shop offers homemade waffle cones, shakes, malts, floats, ice cream sandwiches, boozy milkshakes and sundaes. Betty Rae’s is known for its unique, edgy flavors that aren’t often seen in ice cream. Signature flavors include Joe’s KC Burnt Ends Sauce, Habanero Peach, Goat Cheese with Apricots and Candied Walnuts, Cereal Milk, Poppy Seed Cake and many more. If you love ice cream but your body doesn’t, don’t fret. Betty Rae’s considerately offers non-dairy options, as well as Lactaid at the counter.