Do you remember always being asked as a kid what your favorite food was?
When answering that question, I feel like the answer was always either pizza or ice cream. Now, I love me some pizza, but I was always in the ice cream camp.
I’ve had lots of ice cream, I’ve made lots of ice cream and I will never turn down ice cream when it’s offered to me. I mean, does anyone turn down ice cream when it’s offered to them? If you do, I don’t think we can be friends.
Just kidding. We can be friends, I just don’t know if I can trust someone who would ever turn down ice cream. Again, just kidding.
I came across McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream a few months ago when I stumbled upon the blog Taste and Tell. I immediately started following them on Instagram and became obsessed with their unique flavors. When we took our road trip north last month, we made a stop in Santa Barbara to specifically visit one of their locations. If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember this shot I took of my flavors (half Eureka lemon and marionberries and half chocolate covered strawberry). My husband shared the ice cream with me and fell in love with the Eureka lemon and marionberries and kept talking about it in the weeks after our trip.
We stayed the night in Santa Barbara a couple of weeks back and all my husband and I could think about was visiting McConnell’s again. Before I chat about the flavors we picked on our second trip, I must say that I absolutely LOVE that they let you split one scoop between two flavors, so you can try more even if you’re only wanting a scoop. Score one for McConnell’s!
So, this trip my husband got half Eureka lemon and marionberries (BIG surprise, right?) and half boysenberry rosé milk jam (his ice cream is pictured above). I opted for half summer fruit cobbler and half strawberry rhubarb milk jam (see below for the milk jam half; the picture farther down is of the summer fruit cobbler half).
I think with these new flavors, we each fell even more in love with McConnell’s. We tried both milk jam flavors they were offering and after the first bite my husband asked if I could make milk jam ice cream. He also said McConnell’s was the best ice cream he’d ever had and to this day asks me to make lemon and marionberry ice cream. I’ve honestly never heard my husband speak so highly of any place we’ve been and continually bring it up in conversation. I have to say that I agree with him and McConnell’s probably tops my all-time list for ice cream. And, as I mentioned, I’m no ice cream novice.
The texture of these ice creams is so creamy and perfect and they are just the right amount of sweet. Some ice creams I’ve had are so sweet that even an hour later you have an icky feeling in your mouth because of it. You’ll have none of that here. All you’ll be feeling an hour later is a want for more McConnell’s! It’s seriously dreamy stuff, y’all.
The only thing I’m bummed about is that I didn’t inquire about their ice cream club. Yes – I said ice cream club! Ack! McConnell’s straight to your door each month! I seriously can’t think of anything better. The reason I’m bummed is because we’d be totally into it, but there’s no info on their website 🙁 I guess I’ll just have to visit again to ask and sign up!
Not only does McConnell’s have two locations in Santa Barbara, but they also have one in Ventura and in the Grand Central Market in Los Angeles. AAAANNNNNDDDD…you can buy pints online through their website.
Did I mention this is the best ice cream ever? Just in case, I’ll leave you with this…
Best. Ice Cream. Ever.
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I’ve received no compensation from this post. I just love this ice cream and wanted to share the love with you 🙂
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