Rocky Mountain days are hot, but the evenings cool down once the sun sets. After a day of playing in the mountains, there’s nothing like a frozen ice cream or gelato treat to please the tastebuds and body temperature. Here’s the scoop on the town’s best stops.
1 Paradise Bakery
During the summer, all paths inevitably lead to Paradise Bakery, where families, hand-holding couples and sweet-craving teens gather to indulge in more than two dozen kinds of ice cream. The line flows out the door, where Aspen Music Festival & School students serenade customers during dusk. Paradise is also known for its cookies, and several flavors incorporate chocolate chip and double-diamond chunks to offer the best of both worlds. But, even if you opt for a fruit sorbet, you'll still get a signature chipper on top.
320 S Galena St Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-7585
2 Red Fox
Aspen's first frozen yogurt shop opened just three weeks ago, and it's already the talk of the town. Occupying a 50-square foot space on the Hyman Avenue Mall, the self-serve yogurt shop rotates between four flavors and a variety of candy, syrup and fresh-fruit toppings. It's all one price, based on weight at the end creating your own frozen masterpiece. In the fall, the shop will shutter its windows until spring, so fill up on the frozen yogurt while it's hot .. outside.
From its appetizers to dessert drinks, l'Hostaria deliciously covers all the bases. Fortunately, frozen treats are one of them. The Torta di Gelato al Pistacchio, a pistachio gelato cake with sabayon sauce, is a little slice of dessert heaven. But, if a whole piece of pie isn't your thing, simply go for the gelato medleys which will transport you to a piazza in Florence any of the year.
620 E Hyman Ave Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-9022
4 CP Burger
CP Burger boasts that the only thing better than a burger and a milkshake is adding a shot. Yep, spiked ice cream floats for adults come in cookies 'n' cream, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Creative options like banana vodka and chocolate milkshake make the Funky Monkey. For those who prefer their dessert virgin, the self-serve frozen yogurt machine and toppings will probably do.
433 E Durant Ave Aspen, CO 81611 (970) 925-3056