Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fosselman's Ice Cream | Alhambra, CA

If you ask anyone in the San Gabriel Valley where the best place to get ice cream is, the same name is repeated time and again: Fosselman's Ice Cream Company. Heck, on its mere mention, members of my wife's family drop what they're doing and are out the door, in the car, and down the street in a flash. Obviously, there's something special here!

Family-owned and operated, the folks at Fossleman's Ice Cream Company have been making their handmade frozen treats since the day they opened in 1919. As I understand it, this is a home-grown creamery that many generations in the area have enjoyed and where some of Southern California's finest restaurants, hotels, and soda fountains turn to stock their own kitchen freezers.

They only use the freshest ingredients available to ensure quality and consistency in their products, meaning that some varieties may not be available simply because they are "out of season." That being said, however, if a flavor is missing among the rows of three gallon tubs in their own freezer counters, you're still guaranteed to find a suitable replacement to curb your craving. For example:

  • There are over 40 different ice cream flavors including standard fare such as Vanilla Bean, Cookies & Cream, Mint Chip, Rocky Road, Strawberry, and Toasted Almond. But there are also exotic blends to choose from such as Taro, Lychee, Macapuno, Brown Butter, Lemon Custard, and Mango.
  • Instead of ice cream, how about filling your waffle bowl with any one of 25 varieties of sorbets or sherbets? Among the more popular sorbets, you'll find Creme Fraiche, Mexican Chocolate, Pink Champagne, Coconut Basil, Hazelnut, and something called the Yuzu. Sherbet flavors range from crushed pineapple to raspberry.
  • Or, if you're looking for something that's a bit lighter, then perhaps frozen yogurt is the order of the day. They have five kinds to choose such as Tahitian Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Peach, Pineapple, and Strawberry.
And it doesn't just stop there. Place an order in advance, and they can put together made-to-order ice cream cakes or pies for a birthday party, special occasion, or just because.

Now, because Fosselman's Ice Cream Company is such a popular place, lines can trail out the door and right along the sidewalk, especially on a bright and sunny day, which down in the valley, is almost everyday. Just be patient. The frozen goodness that awaits you is worth each passing minute!

Fosselman's Ice Cream
1824 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

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