July 24 may be dubbed National Ice Cream Day, but let’s be honest, all of July should really be National Ice Cream Month. The Lowcountry is chock-full of awesome places to get your ice cream fix, and we asked our staff to share some of their personal favorites. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to get out there and indulge yourself the next time the craving strikes – or at least provide a good excuse to taste-test different flavors and find your new favorite.
Name and Position: Lindsay C. Bishop, Managing Editor
Favorite Ice Cream: Almond Vanilla with Almond Cookies from Marion’s Gelato
Marion regularly sets up shop at the Rivertowne community pool, and that’s where I was first introduced to her gelato. The almond vanilla with almond cookies tastes like Marion bottled up all of the flavors of my favorite Italian bakeries in New York and combined them into a creamy, crunchy treat that I can’t get enough of.
Name and Position: Chris Long, Marketing Consultant
Favorite Ice Cream: Birthday Cake from Marble Slab
I love anything that has to do with birthday cake or cupcakes, so I always start with birthday cake ice cream and add my toppings from there.
Name and Position: Mandy Willis, Media Consultant
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream
Both Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and chocolate chip cookie dough remind me of my childhood, so it’s no wonder that they’re my favorite. As a kid, I always loved (and still do) cookie dough, and when it’s paired with rich vanilla ice cream, I just can’t resist.
Name and Position: Theresa Stratford, Managing Editor
Favorite Ice Cream: Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream
We live close to the location in West Ashley, and I used to work at the location in Summerville when I was a freshman in college. I have lots of great memories at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream, and they are a great local business.
Name and Position: Anne Toole, Writer
Favorite Ice Cream: Fior di Latte at BeardCat’s Sweet Shop, Sullivan’s Island
Island locale. Cheerful ambience. Shady patio. People-watching opportunities abounding. Oh, and most importantly: decadent gelato. What more could I ask for when it comes to the good stuff? While I love the Fior di Latte (sweet cream) gelato, if I’m feeling something a little wild, I’ll try two of the rotating flavors — definitely something dark chocolatey and something either peanut buttery or raspberry-flavored — snuggled together in a waffle cone.
Name and Position: Jenny Harrison, Writer
Favorite Ice Cream: Cappuccino Crunch at Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets
Izzy’s Scoops & Sweets, located in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms off the Isle of Palms Connector, lures my family in every time we head home from a long day at the beach. While I never seem to venture far from the Cappuccino Crunch, my husband and daughters enjoy making their favorite ice cream of the day into a sundae with a cherry on top.
Name and Position: Ginger Sottile, Staff Accountant
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Malt Milkshake at Pitt Street Pharmacy
Pitt Street Pharmacy makes their shakes by hand using vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and malt – and they make the best chocolate malt in Mount Pleasant.
Name and position: Katherine Waters, Writer
Favorite Ice Cream: Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns at Jeni’s Ice Cream
I stopped eating dairy a few years ago, but I probably eat ice cream more often now than I did before. Jeni’s has some of the best non-dairy ice cream I’ve tried, and their caramel pecan sticky buns flavor is even better than regular milk ice cream.1