Salted butter, cinnamon-chocolate-cayenne and strawberry habanero pepper are a few of the funky flavor combinations at one of Denver’s newest ice cream shops.
Smith+Canon opened this spring on East Colfax Avenue, and it’s a pint-sized café selling ice cream, specialty coffee and combinations thereof.
“My friends call this ‘Curt’s ice cream parlor for grownups,’ ” owner Curt Peterson laughed from behind the counter this week. The avid home cook but first-time ice cream maker named the business after his 5- and 2-year-old daughters, who are thrilled about the whole thing.
At the store, he’s been perfecting small-batch and from-scratch Philadelphia-style ice cream — no eggs but full of fat — for the last three months.
You can find some exciting new ice creams at Smith+Canon and elsewhere across Denver this summer. They’re fruity, fudgy, savory and spicy, sometimes all in one. Here are five to try.
New ice cream shop alert: For its first summer season on Colfax, find affogatos (ice cream plus espresso) and nitro cold brew floats alongside a handful of scoop options, all worthy in their own right. Before settling on one, ask for a taste of Dew Sabi, a honeydew-wasabi wild flavor ride that early customers at the store have been raving about.
If you like standing in snaking lines for Little Man’s salted caramel peanut butter cup and salted Oreo, then you should try its newest flavor, Peanut Butter Fudge Oreo. It’s a peanut butter ice cream base folded with Oreo cookies and swirled with fudge. BYO salt.
High Point Creamery
This hot pink ice cream truck and store with three locations around Denver is making six(!) new(!) flavors(!) for summer. We’re digging the contrasts of Pink Lemonade Pie — tart pink lemonade mixed with a graham cracker crust.
The Broadway scoop shop just released a Dirty Horchata that blends a few of our favorite things to slurp: the spiced rice drink plus coffee and sweetened condensed milk.
Hardcore fans can download Sweet Cow’s app to check daily flavors at all six stores around Denver and Boulder in real time. This summer, try Vermont Maple Walnut at the original Highland location. It’ll remind you of that state’s soft-serve summer staple, the creemee.
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