Our Top Licks for Ice Cream Month

Sunday July 10, 2022

July – in case you didn’t know – is National Ice Cream Month!

And what better place to indulge in a month-long ice cream celebration than St. Louis?

After all, this is the destination that gave the country the waffle cone. It happened at the 1904 World’s Fair, and while accounts vary, many historians say Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian vendor at the fair, came up with the idea of shaping waffles into cones. The story goes that to allow people the opportunity to wander the fair with ice cream in hand, he plopped a scoop of ice cream in the “cone,” and a staple of summer was born.

St. Louis is bursting with great places to enjoy great ice cream and its delicious variants. In fact, there are so many incredible flavors, toppings and concoctions in St. Louis that you could try a new one each day in July – thank goodness there’s 31 of ‘em! – and not get around to trying them all.

In the spirit of National Ice Cream month, here’s a sampling of some places to experience a chill thrill in St. Louis:

Bailey’s Range

Bailey’s Range known for its juicy grass-fed beef burgers and excellent beer selection. But it would be a tragedy to forget the ice cream, especially when the ice cream in question is housemade in creative flavors like sesame-caramel, Irish cream and blackberry-goat cheese. Available by the scoop or as a shake with an array of mix-ins, Bailey’s Range, with locations downtown as well as in the Shaw neighborhood, also offers sundaes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Bailey’s Chocolate Bar

Sweets are the star here. The Bailey’s Brownie is served with housemade Irish cream ice cream and a salted caramel sauce. The streusel is paired with cinnamon ice cream and a caramelized white chocolate sauce. And the Royale? Here, three scoops of ice cream top a blondie or brownie with caramelized banana and toasted nuts. The menu goes on, but you get the picture. If you are craving over-the-top ice cream desserts, this is a can’t-miss stop in Lafayette Square.

Bella’s Frozen Yogurt

Don’t let the name fool you. Bella’s is not a traditional frozen yogurt shop. This is a place where sweet creamy treats and boozy shakes are served up alongside gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and dairy-free options, right in the heart of downtown St. Louis.

Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery

With locations in Lafayette Square, the Southampton neighborhood and Clayton’s DeMun district, you’re never far away from a scoop of Clementine’s sweet, savory and boozy ice creams, which include vegan and non-diary options too. Focused on using top-quality, all-natural ingredients, Clementine’s stirs flavors from local makers into its recipes. Boozy “naughty” flavors include chocolate-Cabernet, boozy banana Rum and Cinful Bunz, while the “nice” lineup features scoops of gooey butter cake, honey-lavender and Italian butter cookie.

Fitz’s Premium Root Beer

Fitz’s is famous for its root beer, which is brewed and bottled on site at its historic Delmar Loop location and proudly served at its second spot in South County as well. They bottle 19 unique flavors, all of which can be turned into floats, like the Trolly Car, with cream soda, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. The Nod to Nelly offers up vanilla and raspberry ice creams, berry drizzle and an oatmeal-raisin cookie. Want something classic? You can’t go wrong with the Fitz’s root beer float or a hand-dipped shake, which can be made into a malt on request.

Fountain on Locust

This Midtown favorite is the home of the ice cream martini. Wondering what that is exactly? Think Thin Mint, where vanilla ice cream marries with Crème de Menthe and chocolate liqueur. The Love Potion #9 blends raspberry liqueur with Frangelico and vanilla ice cream. And the Orange Gingertini presents Bombay Sapphire gin with orange sherbet, Grand Marnier and ginger beer. The menu geos far beyond that, with a plethora of floats, house made sauces, malts, milkshakes, scoops and sundaes on offer.

The Island Frozen Liqueurs

For a taste of something tropical, head to The Island Frozen Liqueurs in Soulard. Try a spiked shake-style drink made with its frozen yogurt or custard, in flavors like sweet peach, Belgian waffle, pistachio and brownie batter. A huge array of toppings allow you to customize your creation, with fresh fruit, bobas, candies, nuts and sauces.

Jilly’s

Known for its creative cupcakes and homemade ice creams, Jilly’s Cupcake & Ice Cream Bar is your destination for sweet surrender. Its housemade ice cream, in fun flavors like Strawberrylicious and Bee Sting, can be turned into a “crazy shake” or enjoyed by the scoop, the sundae or the pint.

Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream

Scooping up some of the region’s best ice creams in The Grove, Serendipity draws customers from all around and sells to 100 restaurants “all over town,” owner Beckie Jacobs says. Here, you can create your own one-of-a-kind ice cream sandwich, with a range of cookies to choose from. Novelties include bon bons and Dipstix, where vanilla or chocolate ice creams are covered in semi-sweet chocolate and rolled in roasted and salted almonds. Shakes, malts and scoops round out this beloved brand’s menu.

The Soda Fountain

The Soda Fountain at St. Louis Union Station is a refreshing blast from the past with sweets, treats and eats for everyone. Situated between The St. Louis Wheel and The St. Louis Aquarium, the St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain offers unique spins on ice cream sundaes, boozy drinks, phosphate sodas, old-time candy, and Instagram-worthy Freak Shakes – massive ice cream concoctions that offer a fun, unexpected take on traditional milkshakes, with garnishes like a full slice of pie gilding the proverbial ice cream lily.

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Founded by Ted Drewes Sr. in 1930, this is an iconic St. Louis stop with ever-present lines of people waiting for their custard fix. The frozen custard – richer than ice cream and made with egg yolk – is available at two old-school stands in St. Louis City. Order your frozen custard in a classic concrete, and the staff will turn it upside down when handing it over, proving just how thick the confection is. Want something else? The classic custard stars in malts, shakes and sundaes too. Best-sellers include the banana split, strawberry shortcake (shortcake topped with frozen custard, strawberries and whipped cream) and Cardinal Sin – a concrete or sundae with tart cherries and hot fudge.

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