Must we write an introduction here? Here are some of our favorite ice cream creations around Tucson. Maybe you can take a clipboard or something and write little notes about each one? Whatever floats your boat. But seriously, it's like a million degrees already, so stop fussing around and let's do this thing!
Isabella's Ice Cream, 210 N. Fourth Ave.
Exhibit A, we have a bunch of pistachio ice cream nestled inside a doughnut from La Estrella Bakery. Why somebody would create this in the first place, I am at a loss. But here we are, looking at this oddity. And wanting it again. Even though we might have just eaten a face-full yesterday.
Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, 4746 E. Grant Road
The kids can get the housemade root-beer float. But all of us lucky people who just so happen to be 21 may order the Munich-style Dunkel beer. The creamy vanilla just adds to the rich malty flavor, and balances the bitter. Pretty good nightcap, if I do say so!
Oreo fried ice cream
El Sur, 5602 E. 22nd St.
They do crazy things with fried ice cream on 22nd Street, apparently. This one is covered in Oreos and nestled into a taco salad shell. That part is a little salty, but I like that. It balances the intense sweetness from all the ICE CREAM AND COOKIES you're consuming!!!
Cochi ice cream sandwich
Rollies Mexican Patio, 4573 S. 12th Ave.
A big blog of Thrifty's ice cream sandwiched between a Mexican pig pastry. Is this the essential Tucson dessert? Rollies Mexican Patio on South Twelfth also has a concha ice cream sandwich with a pink shell pastry. It's a little easier to handle, and so pretty we just wanna crawl in our shells and hide!
Brushfire Ice Creamery, 7080 E. 22nd St.
I just like these. And it's nice when the ice cream is homemade, and you can taste things besides chemicals. Brushfire has a lot of different flavors but the best was recommended to me by a nearby 5-year-old: peanut butter cookie dough. Does anyone still think adults are smarter?
Little Anthony's Twinkie Delight
Little Anthony's Diner, 7010 E. Broadway
We came for the "World's Smallest Sundaes," which to our chagrin have been upgraded to fill an entire cup now. That's okay, we'll settle for this sundae with stawberries and Twinkies?! Shortly after, we learned about The Wipeout with 12 scoops of ice cream and a nightmare of clownish ingredients on top. Too bad we missed that one!
Spaghetti and meatballs gelato
Frost Gelato, available at La Encantada location at 2905 E. Skyline Dr.
This sounded disgusting at first. But the spaghetti isn't really spaghetti. It's just gelato that comes out of a pasta machine. And the meatballs are not meatballs at all, but little balls of gelato dipped in dark chocolate. I feel like the Italians might be mad about this one. Oh well.
Giant ice cream cookie
Mt. Lemmon Cookie Cabin, 12781 N. Sabino Canyon Park, Mt Lemmon
I apologize to all the parents out there who accidentally showed this picture to their children. I do not recommend eating this at all. But it'll probably happen anyway. So sorry about that. But in the spirit of journalism, it must be documented. My advice, focus on the whipped cream. It's, you know, lighter ...
Ice cream nachos
The Screamery, multiple locations including 2545 E. Speedway
Finally an answer to the eternal question, ice cream or nachos? This creation allows you to have your nacho dessert and eat it too. The "chips" are actually homemade waffle cones, and the "nacho cheese" is hot fudge. Also, the ice cream is grassfed and pasteurized in-house. It is by far, the best you will eat around here.
Hub Ice Cream Factory, 245 E. Congress
Hub makes all sorts of droolworthy creations, but the gourmet Choco Taco takes the cake. There is crunchy, there is creamy, there is waffle, there is chocolate. All the flavor groups. Plus, you can eat it with your hands, and there are no creepy ice cream truck dudes wandering around.
Raspado con nieve
Michoacán Taquería Raspados, 3235 N. Flowing Wells Road
Once you have ordered your raspado with ice cream, it is hard to get anything else ever again. There's just something about cream and frozen sugar fruit, that taste so good together! I love the airy vibe at Michoacán Taqueria, but you can get decent raspados con nieve all over town.
Vegan ice cream
Cashew Cow, 16 S. Eastbourne Ave.
You would never know this ice cream is made from cashew milk. It's just that creamy. But Jennifer Newman does an excellent job enhancing the peanutty flavors of the vegan milk substitute, with the help of yummy toppings like raspberries, cookie dough, lemon poppyseed and more.
Thai ice cream
Wrap N' Roll, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave.
This is for those who prefer their desserts instantly frozen and rolled up into thin sheets of crystal ice. Then topped with gummy bears of course. Because why not? If you've never had Thai ice cream before, it's about time to try. Here's a primer ...
Zona 78, 7301 E. Tanque Verde Road
Maximalism is the lay of the land down here in the Old Pueblo, where you can get your milkshakes topped with not only donuts but rice krispies, caramel apples and different varieties of cereal. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.