We celebrate a lot of “national days” in the U.S. Ice cream, though, is special—we have the whole month of July dedicated to the frozen treat. And with the scorching temperatures in Minnesota, the time is right.
There are many tried-and-true ice cream establishments across the state, but here are four new(er) ice cream shops to check out during National Ice Cream Month. You may just find your new all-time favorite.
Located in Uptown, Bebe Zito is a small-batch ice cream company that handcrafts its products at the Good Acre in Falcon Heights. The shop is operated by Ben Spangler and Gabriella (Gabby) Grant, who bonded over ice cream and eventually fell in love. In fact, on the day of the shop’s opening announcement, Ben surprised Gabby by asking her to marry him right in front of the shop! (You can watch the cute video from Twin Cities Live here.)
Spangler is not new to restaurants or the world of ice cream. Back in 2014, he competed on “King of Cones” on the Food Network. Plus, he has worked with many chefs in the Minnesota culinary scene, including Amy Carter, Seth Daugherty, and Paul Connors. He has also developed signature flavors at Milk Jam Creamery and Cookies & Creamery. When you visit Bebe Zito, expect extraordinary flavor combinations created by Spangler and Grant, such as Rhubarb Razz & Coconut Water Sorbet, Dads Coffee, Bacon & Bourbon, Mushroom Pecan, and more. (The lineup is subject to change, so make sure you check the website before departing.)
2 Scoops Eatery
2 Scoops Eatery, located on Selby Avenue in St. Paul, is a new Black-owned ice cream shop, owned by Brian White Jr., and his parents, Brian White Sr. and Rdella White. 2 Scoops has made its home in the original Golden Thyme Coffee Shop space and ever since they opened the doors on May 30, the newly renovated space, welcoming atmosphere, and community-driven focus has attracted people from all over the state. Guests can choose from 18 ice cream flavors, a variety of specialty desserts, and even a hot food menu.
When you visit, make sure to check out the eatery’s “Cream of the Crop” wall, which features photos of local athletes and children from the community—whenever a featured athlete visits the eatery, they are asked to sign their photo. 2 Scoops also has a fund titled “2 Scoops 4 Kids,” which is dedicated to giving free ice cream to kids in the neighborhood. You can donate to the fund during your visit.
MN EIS – Ice Cream & Sweets Shoppe
Newly opened on Minnesota Street in downtown New Ulm, MN EIS offers super-premium ice cream and other treats, including candy (30 varieties of candies from Albanese), cupcakes, fudge, edible cookie dough, and more—all crafted with German flare. Spahgettieis—a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti—is one of the most popular German specialties. To make it, ice cream is pressed from a Spatzle press or potato ricer and then topped with strawberry sauce and coconut flakes or white chocolate shavings to represent parmesan cheese. Another specialty is Eiskaffe, which directly translates to “ice cream coffee” and consists of vanilla ice cream, coffee, and whipped cream. Lindsay Schweiss and Greg and Bria James (owners of the Main Scoop in Waconia) own and manage MN EIS.
Treats Cereal Bar & Boba
Treats on Grand Avenue in St. Paul has been open for a year now. But the cereal milk, soft serve ice cream concept is still just as cool. There are lots of creative concoctions to pick from. Try Rainbow Magic (Fruity Pebbles, powdered sugar, and whipped cream), Sweet Charms (Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cocoa Puffs), or Butter Puff (Reese’s Puffs, Rice Krispies Treats, and Puppy Chow). Enjoy your creation or your drink—they serve delicious boba and matcha teas, too—on the cute patio outside.
For even more ideas for places to visit during National Ice Cream Month, check out Minnesota Monthly’s The Best Minnesota Ice Cream Shops.