Cuisine Scene: Frozen Treats
We may all scream for ice cream but, as the weather gets warmer, who doesn’t also love to eat a frozen treat? Whether ice cream, frozen yogurt, ices, snoballs or fruit pops; contained in cups, cones or between a couple of cookies, Long Beach offers so many ways for you to stay deliciously cool.
ICE CREAM & FROZEN YOGURT ON THE BOARDWALK
This Shoreline Village mainstay provides a delicious accompaniment as you shop, stroll, jump on or off a boat or bike, or visit the nearby Aquarium of the Pacific. As the name suggests, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt on the Boardwalk (429 Shoreline Village Dr.) offers many flavors of gourmet ice cream and frozen yogurt as well as fruit smoothies. There are splits, sundaes, and sprinkles along with 25 toppings you can add to a cone or cup.
LONG BEACH CREAMERY
Founder Dina Amadril started her ice cream journey at home, mixing flavors in a Kitchen Aid blender. Eventually she moved her business out of her kitchen and now has three locations, two in Long Beach: Downtown (222 E. Broadway) and Bixby Knolls (4141 Long Beach Blvd..) The Creamery’s success is in Amadril’s original principles: handcrafted quality, inventive flavors – Peach Sorbet to Burnt Caramel– infused with local, organic ingredients. Innovation is a constant; witness the shop’s cannabis-inspired line of products including Pineapple Express and OG Kush Chip.
Fluffy’s Sno-Balls (1208 Long Beach Blvd.) has quickly become a local success story. Recently named by Yelp as the No. 1 frozen treat shop in California–No. 5 in the nation–its popularity owes a lot to attention paid to quality and flavor. Fluffy’s 12.5-pound blocks of ice, created on site, are shaved so finely by employees that sno-balls have a uniquely creamy quality. Speaking of unique, the shop not only offers such classic flavors as strawberry, coconut and orange, but also another 50 options ranging from kiwi to dill pickle to wine cooler.
AFTERS ICE CREAM
LA MICHOACANA HELADERIA TRADICIONAL
Ultra clean and bright, La Michoacana Heladeria Tradicional’s (1168 E. Anaheim St.) decor matches with the hues of its ice cream, which pops from the refrigerated case in eye-catching splashes of green, red, yellow, etc. It is ultra-smooth, clean and crisp ice cream that tastes and feels like food. Fresh fruit – strawberry, lime, mango, watermelon – is integrated into both its ice cream and paletas, the popsicle-like offerings that look familiar to many, but may feature unfamiliar ingredients in such forms, i.e. one of the shops most popular paletas contains chile and cucumber. It’s really good.