I could practically hear ice cream lovers scream for joy across the country. July is National Ice Cream Month and July 16th marked National Ice Cream Day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, he recognized ice cream as “a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population”. President Reagan called upon the people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Fulfilling my civic duty, I followed the President’s orders.
However, it didn’t seem enough to merely partake of just one ice cream shop in Kansas City. Instead, I decided to GO BIG and went on a self guided ice cream tour around the city. Yes, indeed! Lily and I ate ice cream ALL DAY! How’s that for celebrating National Ice Cream Day? Bring your taste buds along as I share the deliciousness from each tour stop.
What we ate: Ghost Pepper Hot Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake
Westport Ice Cream Bakery is a family-owned and operated ice cream shop. The shop features “Vito’s Famous Shalolly & Sorbetto” crafted with a recipe handed down from the owner’s grandparents. They also serve up locally sourced ice creams, fresh baked cookies and brownies, decadent sundaes, and delicious shakes.
What we ate: Tahitian Vanilla and Blueberry Butter Cookie
Founded in Overland Park, KS, SPIN! was one of the nation’s first Neapolitan-style pizza restaurants. SPIN! serves hand-spun, stone-fired pizzas, fresh salads with house made dressings, soups, Italian deli sandwiches, appetizers, seasonally themed cocktails, and all-natural gelato ice creams. Of course we’re here to talk about the gelato. One taste of Spin’s gelato and you’ll know why we frequently go to a pizza joint for ice cream. The flavors are rich and creamy with fresh ingredients.
What we ate: Mango-Pineapple with Chili and Piña Colada.
Paleteria Tropicana opened with a single concept. To serve authentic Mexican ice cream to a growing Hispanic market. In addition to ice cream and paletas made on site, Paleteria Tropicana offers an extensive menu of fruit cocktails, smoothies, and traditional Mexican lunch and dinner.
What we ate: Joe’s Burnt End BBQ, Goat Cheese with Walnuts & Apricots and Root Beer
Owners, David and Mary are college sweethearts who got their ice cream beginning at Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Colombia, MO. Betty Rae was David’s grandmother. Her sense of culinary creativity has been passed down to the shop’s ever-changing menu of unique ice cream flavors.
What we ate: Custard ice with Tiger’s Blood, Lime, & Passionfruit and Pineapple & Cotton Candy.
Miami Ice has been family owned and locally operated in the eclectic West 39th Street district for over 40 years. This shop carries Lawrence based Sylas and Maddy’s ice cream, so you can expect rich and creamy scoops. The shop features a range of flavorful syrups. Get creative with the ability to mix up to four different flavors!
Now before you sound the alarm, yes I KNOW there are several classic Kansas City ice cream shops not on my list. For the very simple reason that I didn’t happen to visit them on National Ice Cream Day. But they certainly deserve to be mentioned. Maybe you’ll add one or all of them to your itinerary for a Kansas City Ice Cream Tour.
- Andy’s Frozen Custard
- Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard
- Snow and Company
I hope you enjoyed our Ice Cream Tour. Share how you celebrated National Ice Cream Day in the comment section below. You can also stay connected to My City Adventures by subscribing. Thank you for reading!