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Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe

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Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe, St Paul

Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe, St Paul

Clara James

The Bottom Line

Izzy Ice Cream factory in St. Paul's Merriam Park makes decadent handmade ice cream to appeal to the gourmet, eco-savvy and sweet-toothed.

Pros

  • Incredibly delicious ice cream
  • Open late, for late-night treats
  • Appeals to technophiles and eco-warriors: their factory runs on solar power
  • Non-dairy ice creams and sorbets available
  • Be there when they make the waffle cones: the smell is wonderful!

Cons

  • Doesn't open until noon or later. What, no ice cream for breakfast?

Description

  • 2034 Marshall Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
  • Telephone 651-603-5081
  • Free on-street parking outside, and also on the blocks around.

Guide Review - Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe

At Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe, old fashioned seaside benches and 1940's steel furniture sit harmoniously with poppy, modern menus and signage.

The cafe is right next door to the factory, so the ice cream and sorbet is as fresh as can be. Izzy's say they offer "more than 31 flavors" but there's no need to dig at a certain well-known nationwide ice cream chain. Izzy's ice cream is in a different league to you-know-who.

Flavors range from kid favorites Bubblegum and Cotton Candy, to sophisticated Dark Chocolate Zin and deliciously bitter Peace Coffee. Izzy's concocts special seasonal flavors like Guinness for St. Patrick's day, and Dinosaur Egg for Easter.

Every scoop or double scoop gets a free "Izzy", a mini-scoop of another flavor popped on top for an ice cream cocktail. Try a scoop of Norwegian Chai with an Izzy of Raspberry Sorbet.

Izzy's has some of the happiest customers in the Twin Cities. Do joyful people eat more ice cream, or does Izzy's make people joyful? Whatever the reason, Izzy-fueled adults are often seen skipping out the door and throwing snowballs/kicking leaves/splashing in puddles like kids let of out school early.

Izzy's claims to be the only ice cream factory in the US running on solar power. They have 200 photovoltaic panels on their roof that help power the factory. Izzy's customers helped pay for the system by sponsoring a panel for $100 each. There's still several panels that can be sponsored. Each sponsorship comes with a $25 Izzy's gift certificate. An interesting gift idea for the person who has everything?

Izzy's supplies their solar-powered ice cream to several coffee shops in the metro area, so actually you can have Izzy's ice cream for breakfast, and also to Kowalski's and the Mississippi Market Co-op.

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