Fact: We eat A LOT of ice cream in the summer.
Fun fact: This blog actually was conceptualized while eating ice cream during the summer. What began as an informal hunt for the best ice cream in St. Louis, which we loosely and lovingly called “Sweet Me in St. Louie,” has morphed into this all-things-dessert blog you’re reading today. Funny how life works.
Because ice cream holds a place near and dear to our hearts, coupled with the aforementioned statement that we shovel in scoop after scoop as soon as the temperature lifts above 70 degrees, we bring you our new summer series: 3 Scoops.
3 Scoops is exactly that. We sample three different flavors at St. Louis-area ice cream shops and tell you all about them. Life’s full of tough decisions, and we don’t think choosing an ice cream flavor should be one of them. Plus it gives us an excuse to revisit beloved ice cream shops to try new flavors.
The old-fashioned ice cream parlor, located on the corner of Arsenal and Grand at the entrance to the South Grand neighborhood, is a slice of pure Americana, where ice cream is scooped into a cup or a cone, blended into a malt or shake, plopped into a float, slathered with sauce as a sundae, or served as a classic banana split. It doesn’t get much more nostalgic than this.
With 34 (!!) ice cream flavors to choose from, all locally sourced from Central Dairy in Jefferson City, Missouri, the combination possibilities are seemingly endless. There’s sherbet, too, but that’s only half the shop! Tower Grove Creamery also has a frozen yogurt section, typical to what you’d see at shops like Orange Leaf, with a few self-serve flavors that rotate weekly and a buffet of toppings ranging from fruit to cookie dough to candy.
This velvety, buttery vanilla ice cream with Heath toffee speckled throughout is simply delightful. With its nutty, syrupy richness, Butter Brickle is similar to what you’d expect from a Butter Pecan. Not too sweet, but oh so satisfying.
Like Butter Brickle, Texas Pecan also is a distant relative to Maple Nut, though not as creamy or nutty as expected, proving slightly underwhelming. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but that simply wasn’t the case here.
You know what’s weird? It’s rare to find Chocolate Almond on the menu of many ice cream places. Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, and Häagen-Dazs? Zip, zilch, nada. We weren’t aware Chocolate Almond was such an exotic flavor, but our eyes nonetheless bugged out when we saw it was a mainstay on Tower Grove Creamery’s menu. The silky, perfectly chocolaty ice cream laced with slivered almonds is certain to make us repeat customers. Pro tip: Ask for your scoop of Chocolate Almond in a waffle bowl.
Tower Grove Creamery is not to be missed to satisfy a hankering for ice cream or any frozen dessert for that matter. It’s plain and simple, just as ice cream sometimes should be.
If You Go …
Tower Grove Creamery
3101 S Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63118