Summer is here and that means it’s time to up your ice cream intake. Ideal ice cream eating temperatures are among us but don’t let that $1 fast food cone get in the way of all that the Pittsburgh ice cream scene has to offer.
Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
These delectable treats are completely lactose free and come in a huge variety of rotating flavors including Blackberry Tangerine on Shortbread and Raspberry Peach on Snickerdoodle. The ice cream sandwich pictured is made with White Sky chai wheat beer from Braddock’s Brew Gentlemen. Let’s all get drunk on ice cream.
Oakland and Squirrel Hill
“Not your mama’s waffles” is right. These authentic Leige waffles, made popular in Belgium, are made with a special sugar on a cast iron griddle and are unlike any waffle you’ve ever had. That topped with one of their delicious ice creams (try the speculoos flavor) and some fresh fruit should tide you over for a few meals.
Dave and Andy’s
This classic spot opened in 1983 and has been THE place for ice cream ever since. With only 5 permanent flavors: chocolate, vanilla, cookie & cream, cookie dough and birthday cake, the shop is constantly experimenting with new flavors and making a great quality product. And don’t forget to eat the secret M&M in the bottom of every handmade cone.
Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop makes all of their own products and offers unique flavors like Vietnamese Coffee, Toasted Rice & Citrus, and Pistachio Rose among many others that are challenging the palates of their customers every day. Check them out at their brick & mortar in Shadyside for an old fashioned milkshake or catch them at one of their pop-up events around the city.
Family Farm Creameries
This Public Market stand believes that great ice cream begins with great milk. Their locally crafted ice cream is made using only the finest of ingredients including milk from Brunton Dairy and goat yogurt from Riverview Dairy. Almost all of their ingredients come from local sources including blackberries from Clarion River Organics and a vanilla extract made with Wigle Whiskey’s Landlocked spirit (rum). Another great location for boozy sweets.