In the need for a brain freeze this summer? Here’s the inside scoop on Aspen’s best ice cream shops.
Locally owned and operated, Paradise Bakery first claimed fame in town for their cookies and muffins made from scratch. Now, their homemade gelato and sorbet, popularly served in both summer and winter seasons, brings in plenty of business. The shop serves gelato in classic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, and their refreshing sorbets, which come in flavors like mango or lemon, are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Don’t say goodbye too soon! After a year of speculation that the 1981 bakery location had to move this upcoming October, co-owner Mark Patterson let The Aspen Times know that they’ve reached an agreement to stay at their beloved gathering spot on the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue. 320 S. Galena St.
After participating in all of the action Snowmass has to offer, you can chill out with small batch, natural-ingredient ice cream flavors at Sundae. Ice cream cakes and sandwiches, waffle cones, shakes and sundaes are all made on-site from scratch, giving the shop the ability to get funky with creations. Sundae constantly rotates limited-edition flavors, such as muddy road and caramelized banana, through their display cases. Visit other Sundae locations in Vail, Edwards and Glenwood Springs, and start looking forward to their Basalt location opening this summer. 60 Carriage Way, Snowmass Village, CO, 970.315.3488
Red Fox Frozen Yogurt
Located in the heart of downtown Aspen, this adorable shop is dishing out the city’s finest froyo, toppings and more. With classic flavors, like Tahitian vanilla and triple chocolate, Red Fox is all for mixing and matching flavors and toppings to craft a unique frozen treat for every customer. Not to mention, this frozen yogurt oasis offers scrumptious sorbets, ravishing root beer floats and incredible ice cream sandwiches that are sure to leave a “sweet treat smile” on your face. 401 E. Hyman Ave.
From classic to crafty, this family-friendly joint is home to some of Aspen’s finest milkshakes. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional black & white shake or desperately needing a pick-me-up with a coffee toffee, these frozen treats are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. And for our 21+ ice cream lovers, the spiked shakes could be the highlight of your date nights or evening outings with friends this summer. 433 E. Durant Ave., 970-925-3056
Snowy Pineapple Shave Ice
Get a taste of summer at this charming Hawaiian shaved ice stand. Residing right in front of Radio Boardshop in downtown Aspen, Snowy Pineapple is the perfect pit spot to refresh, re-energize, and relish in deliciousness. Choosing from around 20 classic and creative flavors with an array of tempting toppings, satisfy your confectionery cravings at this sweet and summery stand. 400 E Hopkins Ave & S Mill St.
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