Gelato Junction’s signature Italian-style ice cream boasts a whopping 33 percent less butterfat than most American ice cream. It’s served warmer, so that its flavor stays intense “from first to last bite,” says owner Jim Hawkins, who, alongside his wife, Paula, studied with a gelato maestro to perfect a range of flavors, from avocado to black licorice, cantaloupe to lemon basil to limoncello and even Jack Daniels. They make 65 flavors of gelato and sorbet, and 30 more flavors of ice cream. At 449 Main St. in Grand Junction;
OFF-THE-WALL’ FAT KID
Sea Salt Chocolate ice cream, anyone? No? Well then, come back tomorrow and they’ll have Avocado. Those are just two of the “off- the-wall” creamy custard-style ice cream flavors that locally born-and-bred Fat Kid is known for. Explore them all at the Telluride Farmers Market, Ridgway Farmers Market – and at Sawpit Mercantile (20643 Hwy. 145); www.fatboyicecream.com;
Nothing says “summer” like Dairy Queen’s chocolate/vanilla swirl, at DQs everywhere, from Grand Junction to Delta, Montrose, Cortez and Durango. At 330 calories per medium 5-ounce chocolate-vanilla swirl, it’s the perfect low-calorie accompaniment to the lazy summer evening. Is it any wonder that more ice cream is consumed in America than in any other country?
For the perfectly put together Hot Fudge Sundae, head to Mouse’s Chocolates, in Ouray. They use, for starters, handmade Callebaut Belgian chocolate, real vanilla and 100 percent cocoa butter, sandwiched in between rich whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. Topping it off is their signature garnish: A Mouse truffle, with almonds for ears, made from marzipan. 520 Main St., in Ouray; www.handmadetruffles.com; 877/793-7447.
COOKIE MONSTER SAYS ‘OM NOM NOM NOM’
That’s how kids talk with their mouths full, and kids who visit The Sweet Life go straight to its glow-in-the-dark blue Cookie Monster ice cream, which keeps them quiet and blue-mustached for a long, long time. This even though the Cookie Monster has gone P.C. in recent years, pronouncing his cookies just “a sometime snack,” for when he’s not eating fruits and eggplant. Whatever. The Sweet Life has 249 other rotating homemade ice-cream flavors, with something for kids of all ages. 115 Main St., in Telluride; www.thesweetlifeinc.com;
FROM VEGAN VANILLA TO HAZLENUT HEMP
Of course La Cocina de Luz’s Lucas Price went to Ice Cream University, in Florida, before adding frozen desserts to his roster, with its focus on organic, locally sourced ingredients that are sustainable. His ice cream flavors range from Chocolate Hazlenut Hemp to Vegan Vanilla Coconut, Coffee and Strawberry ice cream and Passion Fruit/Blood Orange/Guava gelato. Organic, free-range, additive-free and locally grown ingredients. 123 Main St., in Telluride; www.lacocinatelluride.com; 970/728-9355.