Post by: Amy Butler, Atlanta Eats intern
With inescapable heat and humidity hanging in the Atlanta summer air, it’s always refreshing to kick back, relax, and eat some delicious ice cream. July 15 was National Ice Cream Day, and to celebrate the sweet holiday we dropped by 3 ice cream shops and scooped up some amazing treats. So stop counting your calories (you’ll sweat them out anyways) and find these can’t-miss deals.
Jake’s Ice Cream has been a star of Atlanta since 1999. Located at 676 Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward, they converted a run-down storefront into an incredible ice cream shop. They make over 200 flavors of ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and JoyscreamsTM. Their signature type of ice cream, JoyscreamTM, uses their own type of sweetener made from healthy sugars to whip up this delicious frozen treat. Their most popular flavors are Chocolate Slap Yo Mama and Brown Shugah Vanilla, but if these aren’t for you then there are still others as simple as Yo Daddy’s Vanilla (simple vanilla) and as crazy as Breakfast in Bed, which is cinnamon ice cream mixed with Bourbon Pecan Sauce-soaked waffles. Today, Jake’s is debuting many new flavors such as Strawberry Rhubarb Piescream, Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake, and a new flavor of Joyscream, Pineapple Upside Down Cakescream. Additionally, they will be handing out a 25% discount coupon on weekday scoops through the end of July.
Check out our visit to Jake’s from this past National Ice Cream Day:
Queen of Cream is the only ice cream shop in Atlanta to make their ice cream entirely from scratch. They pasteurize their own base, and transformed an idea in 2013 into their reality in 2015 when they officially opened the store. Their priority on all of their ice creams is flavor, so they feature types such as Lavender Honeycomb and Brown Butter Pecan. They also have monthly flavors that are fitting based on the season. For July, they are making Guava Cheesecake, Georgia Buttermilk Peach Crisp, Honeydew Cucumber Sake Sorbet, and At the Ballpark (salted ice cream mixed in with malted peanuts and miso caramel). Every Sunday in July from 3 to 9 p.m., they are hosting an event called the Dog Days of Summer. They created a unique menu for this day that includes hot dog, dipped cones, and soft serve.
Check out our visit to Queen of Cream from this past National Ice Cream Day:
Located in Ponce City Market, Honeysuckle Gelato began as a food truck where they experimented with various audiences and a multitude of flavors to determine what performed well and what needed to be done away with. Can’t make it to Ponce? They package some of the crowd favorites into pints so that their delectable gelato can be eaten anywhere. Many of their flavors are influenced by the unique desserts of the South, such as Pecan Praline and Bourbon. They also have ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes on the menu if you’re in the mood to eat your ice cream in a different way. At Honeysuckle, buying ice cream automatically means giving back to the community. 5% of all profits will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Eating gelato here will not only taste good, but it will also make you feel good.
Check out our visit to Honeysuckle Gelato from this past National Ice Cream Day: