Celebrate National Ice Cream Month at Lake Tahoe
If you missed National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 16, fear not: The fun lasts one more week. Back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued an official proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month. In the document he calls ice cream a “nutritious and wholesome food” that at the time was enjoyed by over 90 percent of the United States population.
While it may not be entirely nutritious, boy, oh boy, do we have to thank him — a whole month of eating ice cream guilt-free under the guise that you’re simply celebrating.
From soft serve to sundaes and sandwiches, here are the places you should check out around Lake Tahoe to get yo’ dessert on.
Disclaimer: We’re staying away from frozen yogurt — it’s totally different from ice cream.
The Baked Bear
South Shore’s newest place to grab dessert is a made-to-order ice cream sandwich spot, which took home the 2017 Best of Tahoe award for Best Ice Cream. Concoct your creation from a choice of over a dozen original-recipe cookies and ice cream flavors, and roll the sandwich through toppings ranging from Fruity Pebbles to Oreo pieces.
The number of options means you can come back multiple times and try something new at each visit. Did we mention you can make your dessert with brownies or donuts instead of cookies (or, better yet, mix and match)? Our recommendation: Try the cookie of the month — we hear it’s s’mores.
Find The Baked Bear in Heavenly Village at 4118 Lake Tahoe Blvd. #5, or learn more on Facebook (@thebakedbearofsouthlaketahoe).
Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor
A favorite among both South Shore locals and visitors, Richardson’s Ice Cream Parlor is the perfect shop to walk or ride your bike to. Found at Camp Richardson Resort, the parlor took home 2nd place in Best Ice Cream in this year’s Best of Tahoe competition and features larger-than-life scoops of your favorite flavors.
Pro tip: Be sure to keep a lookout for special daily flavors like green tea, and arrive early as Richardson’s sometimes runs out of its signature waffle cones.
The ice cream parlor is located at 1900 Jameson Beach Road. Additional information is available at http://www.camprichardson.com.
Aloha Ice Cream
If you want the feel of your standard ice cream shop (think Baskin-Robbins), this locally owned and operated business is for you. Aloha offers over 20 flavors in addition to homemade waffle cones and other desserts including brownies and pies.
Be sure to try the shop’s ice cream cake, which is sold by the slice (and is what Aloha is known for). The establishment also offers dairy-free and sugar-free options, and tied for 3rd place with Heavenly Village’s Cold Stone Creamery in the Best Ice Cream category.
Aloha Ice Cream is located at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Find out more on Facebook (Aloha Ice Cream and Dessert Spa).
Anyone who has driven down U.S. 50 will know this iconic landmark, which first opened its doors in 1961. While known for its unique milkshakes, which have conquered Best of Tahoe a number of times, Sno-Flake also sells soft-serve ice cream.
Our tip? Dip your dessert in chocolate. It makes everything better.
Sno-Flake Drive-In is found at 3059 Lake Tahoe Blvd., and more details are available on Facebook (@SnoFlakeDriveIn).
Mourelatos Cable Car Ice Cream
While Mourelatos doesn’t serve its own ice cream (here you’ll get scoops of Blue Bunny), it’s been a popular part of Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort for more than two decades. Enjoy the premium, ultra-creamy dessert in the comfort of the Cable Car Ice Cream Shop.
Keep in mind that this spot does not accept credit cards, so stock up on cash before you arrive. You’ll find Mourelatos at 6835 N. Lake Blvd. on the North Shore, and more information at http://www.mrltahoe.com.
Little Truckee Ice Creamery
We made an exception to our list with this brand new shop. While it isn’t situated close to the lake, the Truckee-based creamery has been getting rave reviews in the approximate month since it opened its doors.
All-natural ice cream, including non-dairy options such as coconut milk-based flavors and fruit sorbets, is made at the shop’s facility at the west end of Donner Lake. We suggest you try the Dark Horse coffee ice cream, or the salted caramel.
Little Truckee Ice Creamery is found at 15628 Donner Pass Road. Learn more at http://www.truckeeicecream.com.
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