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Winner: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream has been voted ParentMap readers’ favorite ice cream shop every year since 2012. Serving up crowd-pleasing scoops at seven locations — from cool seasonal flavors like orange habañero cookie dough to perennial favorites like Stumptown Coffee and honey lavender — it’s no surprise it tops the list. As if its fabulous flavors aren’t enough of a treat, this ice creamery sources 90 percent of its ingredients from the Pacific Northwest!
Full Tilt Ice Cream, another longtime favorite, may be old-school with its pinball machines and other arcade games at its five Seattle locations, but its ice cream is totally 21st century: gourmet flavors, vegan options and more.
South Sound readers love Ice Cream Social in Tacoma (and other South End locations), which uses only natural and mostly local ingredients and no corn sweeteners.
With a monthly rotation of locally inspired flavors, Nutty Squirrel Gelato scoops up traditional Italian gelato and sorbetto. It also offers Italian desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta, in the unlikely event that a family member doesn’t feel like eating frozen treats.
Originating in Portland, Salt and Straw ice cream shops are now scattered along the entire West Coast, with different flavor options for every locale. Here in Seattle (with two locations!), we have Beecher’s cheese with peppercorn toffee and a vegan Rachel’s raspberry ginger beer.