July is National Ice Cream Month, and in honor of that manufactured holiday, Boulder Ice Cream is rolling out a new line of gelato. Figo Organic Gelato is made with "only the finest gourmet organic ingredients," according to the Figo website, in seven flavors ranging from Figo's Vanilla Trio (a blend of Tahitian, Madagascan and Bourbon vanillas) to Cool Limone and Coconut Almond Chip.
In honor of the rollout, the Fresh Ideas Group hosted an ice cream social yesterday, where we sampled Figo as well as many of Boulder Ice Cream's signature flavors.
The ice cream was served up in both plain and in fancy forms -- including an Island Coconut Pina Colada, a Caramel Root Beer Float and an ice cream version of German Chocolate Cake. My favorite was the "Red Eye": Boulder Ice Cream's Espresso Chocolate Chip, two shots of espresso and milk combined in a blender, then drizzled with chocolate.
Boulder Ice Cream has come a long way since it started making and serving homemade, all-natural ice cream out of a storefront on the Pearl Street Mall in 1992. In 1997, it moved to a larger facility near 28th and Canyon, where it started producing ice cream for restaurants and grocery stores -- beginning with Whole Foods Market. Today the super-creamy ice cream can be found in Whole Foods, King Soopers, Sunflower Market, Sprouts and Vitamin Cottage stores in Colorado, as well as nine states in the western and southern U.S.
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Boulder Ice Cream will be featured at the Denver Zoo's Ice Cream Social from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 10; the event will benefit Denver Zoo's Red Apple Fund for Life-Long Learning.