Ice cream is as much a part of summer as sun, warm days and vacation. In Colorado, there are several great venues where you can enjoy high-quality, homemade ice cream and other frozen treats, and even help support the environment and people in need.
Rizuto's Ice Cream and Gelato (Colorado Springs)
Rizuto's Ice Cream and Gelato on Barnes Road in Colorado Springs is the only place to get this shop's signature flavors — Rizuto's Special and Rizuto's Coffee. Their gelato is handmade at the shop. Gelato flavors include traditional Italian Zabajone. Also enjoy soft serve, shakes, ice cream cakes, sundaes, and banana splits in a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. For hours, flavors, and more information, visit http://www.rizutosicecreaminc.com.
Little Man Ice Cream (Denver)
Located near Highland in downtown Denver, Little Man Ice Cream is hard to miss — it's housed in a 28-foot silver milk jug. Treats include handmade ice cream, sorbet and gelato in a variety of flavors. Little Man also has a philanthropic side. Each scoop of ice cream sold at the store is matched with a scoop of rice or beans that's sent to impoverished communities all over the world. Read more about Little Man and plan your vintage ice cream shop adventure at http://www.littlemanicecream.com.
Sweet Cow Ice Cream (Boulder)
Sweet Cow Ice Cream has shops in Boulder, Louisville and Denver. All products are compostable and recyclable, making Sweet Cow one of the most environmentally friendly ice cream shops in the state. Sweet Cow shops maintain nine "staple" flavors on a regular basis, while their full list of more than 140 flavors rotates in and out depending on the day and the season. They also serve sorbets. All ice cream is made on-site in small batches for ultimate quality and freshness. For locations and more, see http://www.sweetcowicecream.com.
Goozell Frozen Yogurt and Coffee (Golden)
In 2013, Goozell Frozen Yogurt and Coffee was voted the best fro-yo in the Denver area by Denver A-List. The family-owned and operated shop pays homage to its owner's Turkish roots in several ways, from its name (derived from the Turkish word güzel) to the Turkish coffee beans, to yogurt itself, which originated in central Asia. The shop serves several flavors, including low-fat, nonfat and sugar-free options. Goozell is located on Washington Avenue in the historic area of downtown Golden. Find out more about this unique shop at http://www.goozell.com.
Maroon Bells Cafe (Lone Tree and Centennial)
Chocolate meets ice cream at Maroon Bells Cafe in Lone Tree and Centennial. Gourmet, homemade ice cream as well as luxurious gourmet chocolate and coffee are the signature treats here. The homemade ice cream comes in a wide variety of flavors, rotated throughout the season. Some incorporate the cafe's chocolate recipes for an extra-special flavor combo. Purchase ice cream in scoops or quarts, and add a cup of rich coffee and a cupcake for an ultimate treat. Peruse Maroon Bells' offerings at http://www.maroonbells.com.
No matter what your taste in frozen concoctions, you're sure to find a treat to please at one of these great Colorado locations.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado