Sure, we miss having a cone of fresh-churned ice cream on a warm, sunny day while frolicking in the park, but even though the lines at places like Little Man Ice Cream don't exist right now, we can still indulge in a cold, sweet treat. These nine specialists are still making ice cream, and you can take it to go or order online to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or back yard.
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream799 South University Boulevard
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream is back, sort of, to filling pints, half-pints and quarts of cookie dough, lemon custard, mint chocolate chip, chocolate and other classic ice cream flavors. Ice cream sandwiches are also on the to-go menu, with daily hours from 1 to 8 p.m. Guests can order from the takeout window and also get fresh eggs, milk, butter and cottage cheese to go with their dessert.
DiNoci Dairy Freedinoci.com
While this sweet stuff looks a lot like ice cream, the Boulder-based DiNoci Dairy Free makes a vegan frozen dessert that's completely plant-based. The company starts with almond milk and creates flavors such as vanilla, lemon, espresso chocolate chip and chocolate raspberry, to name a few. Just this month the company launched an online shop where you can order pints for free delivery, with a six-pint minimum. Not that the latter should be a problem, since you'll want to fill your freezer for the warm days ahead. DiNoci is also available at Whole Foods and Choice Market grocery stores.
Frozen Matter530 East 19th Avenue, 720-600-6358
1061 South Gaylord Street, 720-546-6871
Sweet Action Ice Cream
52 Broadway, 303-282-4645
Fans of these three ice cream shops, now all under the same ownership, can get a cow-to-creamery fix either by stopping in for counter service, ordering over the phone or shopping online. Right now the Frozen Matter locations, in Washington Park and Uptown, have pints and cups to go in rotating flavors that may include apple butter crisp and birthday cake. South Broadway's Sweet Action, which was acquired last summer, offers pints for pre-order and scoops to go in flavors such as Vietnamese coffee, green tea caramel and vegan carrot cake, along with more traditional options.
Happy Cones Co.5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
We're pretty sure a cone of New Zealand-style ice cream (in which fruits are blended into ice cream to order) will make you as happy as the name Happy Cones suggests, and you can pick up the goods to go from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Order online for less contact and wait in the sanitized shop behind the plexiglass guard and on the socially-distanced "X" on the floor. Or, look for the ice cream truck that prowls around town dishing out scoops of salted butter caramel, hokey pokey and vegan coconut vanilla. A spring and summer schedule will soon be available on the truck's website.