Milkshakes, Ice Cream, and Sundaes, Oh My!

End the summer on a sweet note with some of these cool and tasty treats from around the South Sound.
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Ice Cream Social. Photo by Sergio Mottola Photography

This Tacoma hot spot is as cool as they come. Using all natural and local ingredients, scoops from Ice Cream Social are homemade and lick-a-licous. Swing into their scoop shop on Sixth Avenue and try classics like dark chocolate or get something really funky. Buttered popcorn? 

Wise men say only fools rush in, but why wait when the folks at Lunchbox Laboratory in Gig Harbor know how to concoct a howlin’ good shake? Get all shaken up from a list of boozy blends that include The Drunken Elvis — hello, peanut butter. Or keep it simple with a Straight-up Vanilla or the Scotty’s Butterfinger shake.

The mad scientists at Sub Zero in Federal Way make chemistry extremely cool. Their ice cream is chilled using liquid nitrogen right in the bowl, made to order. Our hypothesis is: You’ll thoroughly enjoy testing all their flavors.

Looking for some good old-fashioned fun? Grandpa’s Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Parlor in Olympia is the place for you. Enter the black-and-white checkered space and pop a seat on a candy-apple-red barstool for a milkshake made from fresh strawberries. (Poodle-skirt attire optional.)

Mora Iced Creamery takes ice cream seriously. (This Bainbridge spot is where to take your foodie friends to impress them.) Mora takes its time making sure each scoop of ice cream or sorbet is as delicious as the first lick. Mora recipes call for fresh whole milk, thick cream, and all-natural ingredients and flavors include Mexican chocolate, pink grapefruit sorbet, and cheesecake with brownies.

Another thing the Italians do right — frozen gelato. It’s soft, creamy, and available at Metropolitan Market in Proctor; at Indochine, a Thai restaurant on Pacific Avenue in Tacoma; Frog N Kiwi Café in University Place; Gelatello in Federal Way, and 208 Garfield in Parkland.

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