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Published January 20th 2016
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream
Move over delicious HOT beverages and steaming soups because summer has arrived and it's time for Melbournians to become obsessed with the sweet treats of the frozen variety. I'm talking about gelatos, ice-creams and froyos specifically. Luckily for us Melbourne has a lot to offer on this front, to the point that it becomes a little overwhelming. So I am here to lend a hand, here is a list of some funky places in Melbourne that serves some frozen goodness with an added twist on traditional gelato, ice-creams and frozen yogurt that might tempt you enough to pay them a visit in the warmer months!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Jock's Ice Cream! This Albert Park institution, run by Jock Main, is frequented in both warmer and cooler seasons, providing the perfect treat for a summer's day, or something to finish off a winter meal. With over 20 different flavours to choose from including the fast favourites, Chocolate and Hokey Pokey you definitely won't be disappointed. Jock's Ice cream is located just up from Albert Park beach, and is a sublime end to a hot summer day.
The deco of this place is just simple cool and the wooden themed furnishing just screams all things natural, which is what 'Frozen By A Thousand Blessings' aims to promote. Here you will find more "healthier" dessert options. This frozen yogurt store specialising in organic flavours such as almond milk and hazelnut, green tea, mango soy, raw cocoa, soy strawberry and a lot more. Most flavours, including the green tea, are sweetened naturally with stevia and are made with full fat biodynamic milk and yoghurt. The array of healthy topping options won't disappoint either, with power foods such as goji berries, chai seeds and fruit to choose from you can pile it on without feeling too guilty, however don't despair if it's just one of those days where you might just want your sugar fix with your healthy froyo, there are also plenty chocolates and lollies to choose from.
Frozen is a pay-by-weight service so mix and match the pomegranate, passionfruit, blood orange, mango and soy, chocolate or coconut yoghurts with as little or a lot of the toppings of your choice, and refresh yourself in the summer heat.
The owners of 7 Apples Gelato has gained a great following for authentic quality gelati, both in the classic and creative flavours. Having sourced the recipes from a famous gelati-maker in Viareggio Italy they have now perfected over 100 flavours with 25 available all year round, so what better way to enjoy your summer this year then lining up and giving 7 Apples Gelato a try, well worth it!
This unique and original ice cream joint was inspired by the locals' flavours in Argentina. Helados Jauja artisan gelato banks on the belief that Melbournians have the palate and spirit that are sophisticated yet hippie enough to appreciate real naked ice cream. There are no artificial flavours or colouring and certainly no premixes in any of their flavours, the creators inspire customers to enjoy the real taste of mother earth and the beauty of its imperfections. Each of the ice cream flavours aim to showcase only one to two feature ingredients so you can enjoy it in their most natural form. At any time of the year you will find twenty-four favours of real naked ice cream in their glass cabinets ready to be eaten. The hardest task you will be faced with is deciding on which flavours to try.
Gelato Messina (voted Australia's best gelato by the Good Food Guide), this place features 40 drool-worthy, truly rich and indulgent flavours such as the ever so popular salted caramel with white chocolate chips ice cream (certainly their number one seller) that customers just rave about. For those with a more adventurous tastebud to satisfy this summer why not try the Poached Figs in Marsala, Pannacotta with Fig Jam and Amaretti Biscuit flavours and be a little different this summer.
Is it ice cream or a science experiment? At N2 Extreme Gelato it can certainly be both. Using liquid nitrogen to freeze the flavours on the spot, the made scientists at N2 whip up new flavours on a weekly basis that will certainly blow your mind. The concoctions are certainly indulgent, they don't do skinny, fat free desserts here, but if you are looking to indulge once in a while than this is the place to be. They source their full cream milk and fresh cream from the locals, using real fruit, and fresh herbs, weird and wacky ingredients in order to make memorable gelato and sorbet moments for their customers. If you can dream it, N2 can create it – they are always opened to suggestions. So give it a go.