The Denver area has a plethora of good ice cream parlors, and no sooner was our list of the five best published last week than other suggestions began pouring in -- for places like Bonnie Brae and Eis Gelato, which are worthy of note, if not a place in the top five. But one name in particular caught my eye, because I'd never been there before: Scrumptious, a micro-creamery and candy shop in Olde Town Arvada.
I'm in that neck of the woods fairly frequently and I'd walked by Scrumptious more times than I can count during its two years of existence, never stepping inside because from the sidewalk, the place looks mostly like an old-fashioned candy store. But after the suggestion popped up twice, I made a beeline for the place -- because I am obsessed with ice cream and I had to know what I was missing.
Scrumptious, I learned, makes dozens and dozens of ice cream flavors in tiny batches, using as many all-natural ingredients as possible. When I stopped by last night, it had a slew of candy-themed varieties -- like gummy bear and cotton candy -- as well as the classics and some other creative concoctions, including chocolate pretzel, caramel cookie and "a mystery," which I learned was really just a mixture of a bunch of leftovers.
I sampled my way through just about all of them. Every version was ethereally creamy and made with an ideal stuff-to-base ratio so that even flavors like gummy bear didn't become sticky and overbearing. Ultimately, though, I went for a scoop of the blueberry cheesecake -- tart ice cream swirled with blueberry ribbons. As he scooped it up, the man behind the counter told me I should call to tell him when I was coming back, since he takes flavor requests and he thought I'd like the blueberry pancake.
Swoon, both on service and the flavor.
I'm not sure what I'd bump from the list of Denver's five best ice cream parlors in order to include Scrumptious, but it's definitely in the upper echelon of scoop shops in the city, and one totally worth swinging into -- especially if you happen to be in the vicinity.
And while you eat, you can browse the bulk bins of sweets and novelties that line the rest of the walls.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.