I scream, you scream, we all scream for… That’s right, prepare yourselves for a bumpy ride *sprinkled* with ice cream puns, because *cone* on, who doesn’t love ice cream? It’s summer time so we can all guiltlessly indulge in ice cream and not feel the shame of it being our fourth of the one of the day… No, I’m definitely not talking about a personal experience which happened last week.
That being said, if you’re like us at The Handbook, you’ll be salivating over this list of ice cream parlours we have rustled up for you and you’ll be hobbling along to the nearest spot to try out a whacky take on the seaside staple.
Watch me whip, watch me nae-nae. Soft Serve Society is revolutionising the overworked whippy ice cream with their premium soft serve and extensive range of goodies to sprinkle on top. Known for their sundaes and, of course, the famous Instagram trend using candy floss. Their candy floss special ‘Cloud 9’, incorporates ice cream with berry floss – so it’s most certainly not just your average 99 cone. For those wanting something a little different, they also offer their own take on the freakshake with a matcha special, peanut butter option for the nut-heads and the classic milkshake flavours too.
Churning its way to the top is Snowflake after founder Asad and gelato Chef Paolo opened up their first shop in 2012. With seven years now under their belt, they have six stores across the city delighting the busy commuters, tourists and passers-by with their specialities, handmade with love using some of the world’s finest ingredients. Despite expanding, each gelato is made by hand using the traditional Italian method, allowing each one to be naturally unique, just like a real snowflake.
You certainly can’t sugarcoat this one – because there’s enough sweetness to count for your sugar intake for at least a week… That being said, Milk Train is best known for it’s extravagant candy floss beasts circled around whippy topped in an array of sprinkles. Once you’ve taken enough photos to fill your Instagram feed for the next week, allow yourself to dive into this candy-filled goodness – just try not to fall into a sugar coma afterwards…
The story behind Chin Chin Labs is a true *cream* come true. Back in 2010, they opened up in Camden making ice cream with liquid nitrogen. Yep, that’s right, using an ingredient that we best know from the science lab’s periodic table! They wanted to create something which hadn’t been done yet and it certainly wasn’t just a craze though because nine years later they’ve got two more shops – three in total. They’ve truly made themselves noticeable on the ice cream table, one scoop at a time.
Because everything is better when your Nonna makes it. Nonna’s Gelato began 85 years-ago with owner Sophia’s Italian Nonna, whose Italian heritage combined with Sophia’s love of seasonal, local produce turned into something beautiful – an Italian and British fusion of gelato. It’s situated in the heart of Broadway Market every Saturday and Church Street Market every Sunday, with 10p of every scoop going to ‘Off Centre’ charity, who offer a counselling and therapy service to young people aged 16 to 25.
Don’t wait until *sundae* for this treat as it’s only here for the summer months. Following the success of their Selfridges pop-up Little Moons is setting up two mochi pop-up stands this summer, one in Westfield Shepherds Bush and the other at Bond Street tube station. These little balls of goodness are something unusual – they’re little bite-size pockets of artisan gelato wrapped in a natural gluten-free rice flour dough mocha shell. Sounds intriguingly delicious right?
Westfield Shepherds Bush stand will be open until October 31st and Bond Streets’ stand will be open until August 4th.
Don’t disorbet these macarons. Yolkin was birthed out of owner Sammie Le’s determination to make use of the full egg when making batches of ice cream, using the yolks for the macarons instead. These ice cream sandwiches can be found on the edge of Chinatown and Le’s Vietnamese heritage is very much evident in the flavours – from condensed-milk tea to pandan coconut and toasted black sesame. Brave it with a spoon or be devilish and try to get your chops around the whole thing.
Ever wondered what Lebanese ice cream tastes like? Well now you no longer have to because Festok, London’s only producer of Lebanese ice cream, will be setting up in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. Unlike traditional ice cream, Lebanese is known for its light elastic texture and what’s more, Festok also has delicious vegan options too!
Festok will be at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge from June 15th until August 31st
Using organic milk, free range offs and fresh fruit to produce small batches of delicious ice cream is Ruby Violet. Having started out selling at markets, they’ve since opened up a parlour in Tufnell Park. Stay refreshed with one of their sorbets or try their crowd favourite salted caramel with almond nut brittle – it’s certainly won over us!
Serving up the dreamiest of ice cream on a global scale is Four Winters. Their ice cream is prepared using top seasonal produce by their ice cream chefs, who work hard to bring new flavour combinations to the world of ice cream. A personal favourite of ours is their knafeh – a blend of ice cream with kataifi dough and syrup, topped with pistachio.
When TBF Baking Award Winner, Terri Mercieca opened up Happy Endings back in 2014 we knew it was where dreams were made. Their ice cream sandwiches are renowned for tempting you even when you’re full. They really feel like the happy ending you never knew you needed.
For 12 years, Ice Cream Union has worked hard producing their ice cream and sorbets to some of London’s top restaurants and influential chefs. Now it’s even easier to grab a taste of their finest flavours in their first ever parlour. They focus on creating show-stopping treats each and every time, whether that’s down to hand-selecting the best fruits in peak season or sourcing the freshest milk. And you can tell because it’s silky smooth and gets creamier with every bite.
Did you know ice cream that’s sold on the streets of Manila is nicknamed ‘dirty ice cream’? Known for being super affordable yet still delicious, it’s made using little more than ice, salt, a steel pot and a pair of strong hands. Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream is the first filipino ice cream parlour in London and they try to recapture the authenticity, and of course, simplicity of Manila ice cream. Let’s not forget each treat serves up total Insta goals thanks to the vibrant colours.