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Six great East Bay spots for soft serve ice cream

Soft serve swirl from Timeless Coffee. Photo: Timeless Coffee
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You gotta love soft serve: it’s all-American, it’s got that smooth and fluffy texture, and it used to be the dessert of choice at fast-food joints and trucks blaring annoying jingles. These days soft serve is back in an all-grown-up kind of way, with creative toppings and quality ingredients. Here are some surprising (and a couple of predictable) East Bay spots to get your soft serve fix before that El Niño weather kicks in. We’re sure we’ve missed some — leave us a note about your favorite soft serve spot in the comments section. … Continue reading »

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Little Giant Ice Cream serves scoops of Americana

A scoop of the "Dirty South," a caramel flavored ice cream with bourbon, at Little Giant Ice Cream ($4). Photo: Benjamin Seto
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Squeaking in its opening day in the waning days of summer, Little Giant Ice Cream is now scooping up made-from-scratch ice cream in a shiny new space in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood.

The new creamery is on the ground floor of a condo building across from the former Sears building, which was recently purchased by Uber to become its headquarters. Little Giant is also a stone’s throw from the Fox Theater and several restaurants and bars, which may explain why the ice cream shop has so far been popular in the evenings. The shop is open until 9 p.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. … Continue reading »

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Mr. Dewie’s: A nutty twist on traditional ice cream

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There’s a revolution taking place in the ice cream industry, and it’s making people go nuts. Literally.

Tucked away in West Oakland is a small facility with several rooms, a handful of workers and not a dairy product in sight.

Instead, there’s an abundance of almonds and cashews. They’re the key ingredients in Mr. Dewie’s Frozen Dessert — so named because, legally, ice cream must have at least 10% dairy milk fat to bear the title.

But the product crafted by Berkeley natives Ari and Andrew Cohen looks like ice cream, melts like ice cream and, most importantly, tastes like ice cream. And their flavors — which include chocolate, coffee, strawberry and caramel almond — don’t carry that unsettling aftertaste you often find in other ice cream alternatives. So, unless you’re a fanatic for all things dairy, you wouldn’t notice its absence. And, once you try a bite of Mr. Dewie’s creamy creation, you probably wouldn’t care. … Continue reading »

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Smitten: High-tech, organic ice cream to Rockridge

Smitten founder Robyn Sue Fisher started her business serving ice cream out of a red Radio Flyer wagon. Photo: Smitten
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The dreams of most Stanford MBA students tend to Silicon Valley start-ups, prestigious consulting firms, and high-paying investment banks. It’s a fair bet that Robyn Sue Fisher is unique: she spent the first two years after graduated from Stanford prototyping an ice cream machine.

What was a quixotic quest at the start has grown into the acclaimed Smitten ice cream business, which plans to open its first East Bay outpost at 5800 College Ave. in Rockridge on April 1.

“I was naive and optimistic,” Fisher said. “It took two years and all my life savings to get a prototype.”  … Continue reading »

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New: Bootleg Creamery launches its offbeat flavors

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When Jessica Rollison started making her homemade ice cream available to her friends — who quickly spread the word to their friends — people went crazy for it.

“They would be calling me and saying, ‘I really need more ice cream, it was so good,'” she said. As she packaged up pints of Spiced Chai or Goat Cheese and Blackberry, she joked to her husband that she felt a little like a drug dealer.

Five months after rolling out her flavors and gleaning feedback from those original customers, Rollison has launched Bootleg Creamery, selling hand-packed pints online that are available for delivery or pick-up in the East Bay and San Francisco. Rollison also hopes to open a brick-and-mortar store one day in Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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