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The 5 Best Ice Cream Parlors in St. Louis

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A Young Fan of Cookie Monster Ice Cream at Serendipity | Beckie Jacobs
  • A Young Fan of Cookie Monster Ice Cream at Serendipity | Beckie Jacobs

Serendipity (8130 Big Bend Boulevard, Webster Groves; 314-962-2700)

More than 200 unique ice cream flavors are available at Serendipity as a scoop, bon bon, dipstick, shake, cake or pie. Just a sample of the menu's regular flavors include coffee almond, peppermint, Bordeaux cherry, egg nog, cantaloupe, cotton candy and sweet cream. Owner Beckie Jacobs recently collaborated with locally produced Big O to make a ginger liqueur ice cream and with Schlafly for an oatmeal stout ice cream. She also just won "Best Sweet" at Food Outreach's space-themed event, A Tasteful Affair, for her "moon rock bon pop" that combined the flavors of chocolate and orange Tang. Long-time customer favorites are "Cookie Monster" (pictured), Gold Coast chocolate, and salty caramel swirl. Seasonal flavors include Cracker Jack-flavored "Play Ball" ice cream, which is available only during baseball season and King Cake bon bons for Mardi Gras. It's always the perfect season for classic vanilla and chocolate. All dairy at Serendipity is hormone- and antibiotic-free cream from farms in Illinois.

Ice Cream on a Waffle Plate at Baileys' Range | Stacy Hu
  • Ice Cream on a Waffle Plate at Baileys' Range | Stacy Hu

Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121)

Baileys' Range is perhaps best known for its juicy burgers and great beer selection. But the menu also includes fifteen not-to-be-missed housemade ice creams. Regular flavors include vanilla, Baileys chocolate, strawberry, salted caramel, cinnamon, espresso, cookies and cream, triple chocolate, peanut butter, white chocolate, raspberry, pistachio, brownie chunk, coconut crunch and a daily special. Specials have included such inventive flavors as three-chili chocolate, mint pistachio, banana Nutella and watermelon sorbet. All are sublime on their own, but can also be whipped into a shake with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and caramel sauce. Or order your scoops in a waffle cone, waffle bowl or as a sundae with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, mixed nuts and a cherry. And yes, this place too offers boozy shakes, such as the "Sweet, Sweet Bacon Shake," which features salted caramel ice cream and Kentucky whiskey and comes topped with a piece of candied bacon.

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Follow Sara Graham on Instagram at @EngageTaste and Twitter at @EngageTaste. E-mail the author at sara@engagetaste.com.


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