When looking for frozen treat perfection, many people's tastebuds scream for ice cream. Ice cream has always topped the list of favorites and thankfully, speciality shops are making a resurgence in Marin County.
Here are five of the best places to indulge in Marin County, according to The Marin Independent Journal.
Since it opened in 2001, Fairfax Scoop has made fresh waffle cones daily and churns their own rich and delicious ice cream. Their flavors are unique and seasonal and include the likes of vanilla honey lavender and mud pie. Their organic ingredients are sourced locally. And, they do their best to incorporate sustainable practices such as using only edible cups (i.e. cones!) and they wash and reuse their tasting spoons. Serving 12 flavors a day, people line up to get their favorite to eat immediately or to bring home for a family treat.
Location: 63 Broadway Blvd. near Bank Street in Fairfax; 415-453-3130
Cost: Cones and cups are $1.95 to $3.95. Pints are $5.95, quarts are $9.95
The inviting Posie opened its doors in Larkspur in July 2016. They offer a wide variety of homemade flavors and they, too, create cones fresh daily. The bar and communal table offer a place to stay and enjoy your scoop. Unique flavor choices include buttered whiskey, strawberry shortcake and praline sunflower to name a very few.
Location: 250B Magnolia Ave. near Madrone Avenue in Larkspur; 415-891-8395
Cost: Cups are $4 to $7 for one to three scoops. Cones are $1.50 extra.
The dense yet soft-serve texture and intense flavors of gelato and sorbet are epitomized at Noci Gelato in Mill Valley. Handmade daily with organic, locally sourced ingredients, Noci celebrates each season with distinct flavors. What appeals to you? Strawberry peach, Belgian sugar cookie or milk chocolate malt...or maybe all of the above! The variety and quality will keep you coming back for more and more and more.
Location: 17 East Blithedale Ave. near Sunnyside Avenue, Mill Valley; 415-388-2423
Cost: Cups are $3.95 for one flavor up to $6.95 for four. Cones are $4.95 for one flavor or $5.95 for two.
Three Twins has two locations, one in Terra Linda and the second at the Marin County Mart. Their creamy, organic confections are served in cones or cups and some of the favorite flavors are Mom's orange sherbet chocolate peanut butter cup and mint confetti. For those looking to have an over-the-top experience, try the Tree Twins Slop Bucket Sundae with two scoops of ice cream swimming in chocolate and caramel sauces and topped with peanuts, whipping cream and chocolate chips. You can also purchase Three Twins ice cream in numerous grocery stores across the United States but there is nothing like enjoying a creamy scoop, sundae or milkshake made at the source.
Locations: 641 Del Ganado Road in San Rafael; 415-492-8946
Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur; 415-461-8946
Cost: Cups and cones $2.50 to $4.75. Milkshakes and sundaes are $7
STRAUS SOFT SERVE
Ah, soft serve. Typically served in a cake cone, this towering swirl of creamy perfection generally comes in vanilla and chocolate. And Straus Soft Serve has the flavor, consistency and pure quality down pat. Straus foregoes artificial sweeteners, flavors and emulsifiers, opting for wholesome ingredients that result in to-die-for flavors. Straus Soft Serve is available all around Marin including Cibo in Sausalito and Pizzeria Pico in Larkspur, each with their own unique twist.
Locations: Cibo: 1201 Bridgeway near Pine in Sausalito; 415-331-2426, Pizzeria Pico: 316 Magnolia Ave. at King Street in Larkspur; 415-945-8900.
Cost: Cibo: $4.50 Pizzeria Pico: $5.95; toppings range from $.50 to $1.45.
Do you have a favorite ice creamery in Marin County?