Ice Cream That's Anything but Vanilla

Ice Cream That's Anything but Vanilla

One great thing about Yummly's Palo Alto HQ--it's just a stone's throw away from the quirky ice creameries of San Francisco. Ice cream that's worth the trip and anything but vanilla.

Here is a look at the must try ice cream shops and get-the-flavor recipes you can create at home. Oh, and happy National Ice Cream Day!

1. Humphry Slocombe - With flavors like Boccalone Prosciutto and McEvoy Olive Oil, its no question that this frozen confectionery is innovative. Now before you go thinking that there is just no way an ice cream involving cured meat will tickle your tastebuds, here is a recipe that could change your mind.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied BaconOlive Oil and Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

2. Bi-Rite Creamery - This ice cream shop is nestled in a neighborhood nicknamed "the gastro" (yes, as in gastronomy). If that isn't enough to convince you of its worthiness to contend with the best of all ice cream makers, let a scoop of Earl Grey or Ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodles) convince you. Better yet, try the ice cream sandwiches. Sugar cookies with balsamic strawberry ice cream? A welcome twist on a conventional classic.

Raspberry Ice Cream in Lemon Coconut ShortbreadCheesecake Ice Cream in Gluten-free Graham Crackers

3. Mitchell's Ice Cream - Mitchell's serves up classics and lesser-known tropical flavor classics. Think a double scoop combo of strawberry (classic) side-by-side with a scoop of Ube, a sweet purple yam (tropical classic). These do-it-yourself recipes can contend with Mitchell's Ube or Mexican Chocolate any day.

Ube Blueberry Ice CreamMexican Chocolate Ice Cream

4. Swensen's - Another classic ice creamery, this shop first opened in San Francisco circa-1948. Though, unique flavors like Strawberry Cheesecake and Rum Raisin were mixing up the ice cream game way back when.

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice CreamRum Raisin Ice Cream

5. Three Twins Ice Cream - Three Twins Ice Cream is organic, not health-nut-boring. That said, this ice cream innovator has probably the most sinfully decadent chocolate ice cream around: The Chocolate Project. This chocolate lover's flavor is equal parts chocolate ice cream, flecks of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, chocolate cookies and chocolate chips. Cookie lovers, there is something for you too - Cookie Jar, three types of cookie in one scoop.

Chocolate Chocolate Ice CreamChocolate Chip Cookies Ice Cream

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