4 October, 2022, 11:08

8 Must Try Ice Cream (And Gelato) Flavors

What’s cooler than eating cool? Sampling ice cream flavors from some of Tucson’s favorite locally owned ice cream shops.

Allegro il Gelato Naturale

446 North Campbell Avenue
Saffron gelato at Allegro.

Saffron gelato at Allegro il Gelato Naturale.

If you’re too cheap to buy and cook with saffron, get to know the flavor affordably, friend. This staple flavor at Allegro won’t cost a few thousand dollars per pound.

Visit gelatoallegro.com.

Brushfire Ice Creamery

7080 East 22nd Street
Bourbon old-fashioned ice cream at Brushfire Ice Creamery.

Bourbon old-fashioned ice cream at Brushfire Ice Creamery.

If you’re not old enough to drink, you’re not allowed to eat this. The bourbon isn’t subtle. The orange and cherry is only really there so you’re not judged for eating bourbon.

Visit Brushfire Ice Creamery on Facebook.

Cashew Cow

16 South Eastbourne Avenue
Lemon poppyseed ice cream at Cashew Cow.

Lemon poppyseed ice cream at Cashew Cow.

You don’t need a moomoo when you’ve got the cashew. The bright lemon poppyseed flavor keeps things light for you to not feel guilty after indulging.

Visit Cashew Cow on Facebook.

HUB Ice Cream Factory

245 E Congress Street
Peanut butter pretzels ice cream at HUB Ice Cream Factory.

Peanut butter pretzels ice cream at HUB Ice Cream Factory.

Peanut butter ice cream looks less gluttonous than eating peanut butter from the jar. It tastes better too. Buttered pretzels provide salty crunch and a chocolate ganache ribbon will hug your mouth.

Visit hubicecream.com.

Isabella’s Ice Cream

Location inside Rincon Market at 2513 East 6th Street
Lavender vanilla ice cream from Isabella's Ice Cream at Rincon Market.

Lavender vanilla ice cream from Isabella’s Ice Cream at Rincon Market.

Lavender vanilla is a twist on the classic that will leave you daydreaming about prancing in a meadow while humming along to Julie Andrews. It’s just so gleefully floral.

Visit isabellasicecream.com.

Santa Barbara Ice Cream

1058 North Campbell Avenue
Pomegranate chip ice cream from Santa Barbara Ice Cream.

Pomegranate chip ice cream from Santa Barbara Ice Cream.

Pomegranate ice cream has the right fruit-and-tart kick that complements dark chocolate chips. This is a lip-licker.

Visit tucsonicecream.com.

The Screamery

50 S Houghton Road, Suite 120
Sweet cream honeycomb ice cream at Screamery

Sweet cream honeycomb ice cream at Screamery

What’s the buzz? This sweet cream ice cream isn’t too sweet. It’s laced with quality honey and crispy bits of honeycomb worthy of transforming you into a cereal mascot to terrify small children.

Visit thescreamery.com.

Tazzina di Gelato

5420 East Broadway Boulevard
Drunken monkey gelato from Tazzina di Gelato

Drunken monkey gelato from Tazzina di Gelato

Bananas Foster without the flambe would taste like the drunken monkey gelato. Rest assured, it tastes nothing like an inebriated primate. Sugar-coated walnuts, caramel, fried bananas and rum provide all the nutrition you need, right?

Visit tazzinadigelato.com.

What’s your flavor? Tell us in the comments.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com and his Instagram @jackie_tran_.

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