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The best ice cream in Seattle (and how to get it)

Ice cream is the comfort food of summer - and the best ice cream is true work of art. And while it might take a little while longer before life gets back to normal, at least we have some of the best frozen treats to help us all get through it. Below are a few of our favorite places to grab a cold one.

Molly Moon's

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The odds are in your favor as seven of the eight Molly Moon’s locations are now open! With a mission of making the world a better place “one scoop at a time,” Molly Moon’s offers a daily menu of ten “always” flavors that are churned out all year long and four seasonal options that are folded in along the way. For many, it doesn’t matter what flavor you get as long as you get it in a waffle cone. Some of the more unique flavors you’ll find here include Union Coffee, Honey Lavender, Yeti (vanilla mixed with Yeti granola and Theo Chocolate bits) and Vegan Coconut Chunk. Or, you might want to go for Molly’s Favorite Sundae which is said to be a perfect mix of salty and sweet, chocolate and caramel ice creams with hot fudge, candied hazelnuts, local organic whipped cream and topped with a Chukar Cherry.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato

2425 33rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199

7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Unlike other ice cream shops, Nutty Squirrel makes their gelato base from scratch and instead of using emulsifiers, they let is sit in a cooling tank for 12 hours to let the ingredients naturally bind together. Here you’ll find unique flavors such as Turkish Coffee, White Coffee, Moroccan Rose (with rose petal marmalade), Girl Scout Cookies and Tea Infusions. Visit their online store for curbside pick-up orders. The Black Forest Gelato Kit (which comes with two pins of chocolate gelato, amarena cherries, brownie fudge, pecans, chocolate sprinkles and four sugar cones) looks especially good, but their 6-Pack of Gelato Pops (Rainbow Vanilla and Chocolate dipped in a hazelnut crunch) are mighty popular. And if you just want to go crazy, choose a made-to-order Gelato Cake, but be sure to give them a two-day heads up.

Shug's Soda Fountain

1525 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

Located at Pike Place Market, Shug's is back open, but if you aren’t ready to roam around with others just yet, consider picking up one of their do-it-yourself kits to bring home! Choose from the Family Style Sundae Kit (two pints of ice cream, chocolate fudge sauce, caramel sauce, brownie, graham crackers, marshmallows, peanuts, amarena cherries and rainbow sprinkles), S’Mores Sundae Kit, Brownie Sundae Kit and the Shugsicle Float for Two (two housemade orange sodas or Boylan Root Beer and a pint of ice cream). Or go with the adult beverage kits including the Adult Root Beer Float, Champagne Float or Prosecco Float.

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Frankie and Jo’s

1010 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122

1411 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

And now for something completely differentWhat makes Frankie & Jo’s ice cream so special? Plants. All of their ice cream choices are made with cashew and coconut milk, cocoa butter and other good things. Where else can you try flavors like Beet Strawberry Rose Sorbet (made with, you guessed it, beet juice, strawberries, rose water, apple juice, lemon juice and sugar), Chocolate Tahini Supercookie (made with tahini, chocolate and “supercookie” dough), Salty Caramel Ash (made with activated charcoal and sea salt) and Gingered Golden Milk (made with turmeric root, ginger, cinamon, cardamom and black pepper)?

Snoqualmie Ice Cream

21106 86th Ave. SE
Snohomish, WA 98296

Sure, you can find pints of Snoqualmie Ice Cream at your local grocery store, but consider taking a road trip to the source where “Operation Ice Cream Relief” is in effect. Just pull up to their drive up window and score some pints with custom flavors like Mango, Licorice and Lavender. They also offer single serve packs of super-smooth Mukilteo Mudd (made with four kinds of Belgian chocolate), Mountain Blackberry, Salted Caramel and Vanilla Bean as well as Ice cream bars and soft serve options. Final note, the Root Beer Float made with Diamond Knot root beer is worth the stop.