So far it seems like summer is full of nothing but an array of different ridiculous ice cream days, but hey, you won’t hear me complain. And so in honor of National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, I continued my rounds of local Kansas City ice cream shops and enthusiastically headed to what sticks out in my mind as one of the most creative in town, Betty Rae’s Ice Cream.
I’ve been a fan of Betty Rae’s ever since they opened up shop here in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City after being a frequent customer at the shop where they got their start, Sparky’s, in downtown Columbia, MO, which is also known for its off-the-wall flavors (and adult shakes).
As you work your way through the line (and there’s almost always a line, especially during the peak summer months), you have time to peruse the wall of flavors, where you’ll find a few traditionals (chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter) amid the vast variety of delightfully interesting, yet appealing, flavors (jasmine green tea, mango tomatillo frozen yogurt, tiramisu) that rotate seasonally. They also usually feature at least one collaboration flavor with another local shop, a regular being the Thou Mayest Coffee flavor (which is very good).
I went with the plum dark chocolate in a homemade waffle cone. Yeah, their waffle cones are made right there in the shop, and they are the best I’ve had. While the plum dark chocolate isn’t the wackiest flavor inhabiting the frozen drums in their counter, I really enjoy the offset the tartness of the light purple plum ice cream has with the large, sweet chunks of dark chocolate. And I mean, I can’t go without my chocolate.
As I’ve mentioned previously, two other great shops in town for more unique flavors are Glacé, for a more luxurious experience, and Westport Ice Cream Bakery, the new kids on the block. What’s the craziest ice cream flavor you’ve tried?