Now that the sun is making an appearance (albeit between the grey clouds of Wales), and the weathermen have declared it is Summer, you have every right to eat gallons of ice cream without feeling like a raging dairy fiend.
WOW Cardiff editor, Amy Pay, runs through nine of the best places in town to get your ice cream fix, sprinkles and sauces included.
— Cadwaladers (@cadwaladers) April 26, 2015
The recipe for Cadwalader’s vanilla ice cream is a closely guarded secret, and always has been since first being written nearly a century ago. For the health conscious, you’ll be glad to know it’s 93% fat free, too, so scoop it up! The sundaes are dreamy, but for the true experience go for one of the ice cream cocktails (limited to certain stores, so check first) or an affogato (a heaped scoop of ice cream doused in a shot of espresso).
Unit 30, Mermaid Quay CF10 5BZ; Red Dragon Centre, Atlantic Wharf CF10 4JY; Tŷ Glan-yr-Afon, 21 Cowbridge Road East (by Sophia Gardens) CF11 9SS cadwaladers.co.uk
Joe’s Ice Cream Parlour
Photo: Joe’s Ice Cream
Blending Welsh and Italian flavours and ingredients, Joe’s is one of the most famous Italian ice cream companies born in Wales. Their Cardiff outlet offers scoops, tubs, sundaes and specialities including North Poles – two vanilla ice cream wafers served in a boat, then smothered with sweet sauce and toppings. Also, they sell ice cream cakes! This Rocky Road cake pictured is caramel and chocolate ice cream topped with marshmallows, chocolate biscuit balls, fudge and chocolate sauce. Madness!
69 Wellfield Road CF24 3PA, joes-icecream.com
Photo: Kaspas Desserts on Twitter
Welcome to dessert heaven. Dedicated to hot and cold sweet treats, the things that they serve here are like those from children’s cartoons – stacked high, full of colour and guaranteed to make you smile. If you know someone with a birthday coming up, grab them and some other friends so that you can share the birthday platter: fifteen scoops of ice cream resting on a bed of warm waffles, fresh whipped cream, all covered in syrups, wafers and sprinkles. Feeling sick after is half the fun.
103-105 City Road CF24 3BN, kaspas.co.uk
— Trys H (@tryshutch) July 21, 2014
The only liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour in Wales, Science Cream’s scientists whip up a sweet storm in front of your eyes. Liquid nitrogen is poured into a special food mixer to transform the basic non-frozen ingredients of the ice cream into a frozen beauty. They serve the classic flavours, but the best are found on their rotating specials board. The toppings are insane (clumps of honeycomb, white chocolate pretzels and salted peanut brittle to name a few), plus there’s always a vegan option, which is really rare for an ice cream cafe.
28 Castle Arcade CF10 1BW, sciencecream.co.uk
Photo: Bubblebase on Facebook (Regram of Jaz_Katha)
Known for its bubble tea, this stall’s frozen yoghurt selection is often overlooked – but it shouldn’t be. The completely fat free, gluten free Froyo is packed with calcium and protein, so it’s a treat that’s good for you. Of course, you can jazz it up with all sorts of scrumptious toppings, from fresh fruit and berries to mini eggs and chocolate buttons. Top tip: the parfaits are amazing – soft Froyo layered with crunchy granola, fresh berries and naturally sweet honey.
Queens Arcade (next to The Entertainer), Queen Street CF10 2BY, bubblebase.co.uk
Ice Cream Passion
Photo: Ice Cream Passion
Want a sweet treat but can’t be bothered to get out of the house? Well, thank goodness for Ice Cream Passion, Wales’ first dessert delivery service! With a wide selection of ice cream sundaes and specials, as well as other sweet desserts to accompany them, this cafe in Grangetown will ship you your sugar-fix at the click of a button. You can buy from the cafe too, if that’s more your thing.
142 Clare Road, Grangetown CF11 6RW, icecreampassion.co.uk
Photos: Wally’s Kaffeehaus
This Viennese-style coffee house above the famous Wally’s Deli is possibly the best place in town for an Italian gelato sundae. If you’re feeling truly indulgent, opt for the chocolate and coffee gelato sundae. It’s three scoops of creamy gelato (one coffee, one hazelnut and one chocolate) sprinkled with crushed meringue, a shot of silky hot chocolate, hazelnut syrup, chocolate honeycomb and a huge swirl of whipped cream.
38-46 Royal Arcade CF10 1AE, wallyskaffeehaus.co.uk
— Wild Fig Ice Cream (@WildFigFarm) September 21, 2014
Based only a 15 minute drive from Cardiff, the small family business Wild Fig Farm makes its own luxurious, award winning ice creams using local produce. Available at their farm cafe, at the interval in shows at Wales Millennium Centre and at various pop-up events around the city, their ice creams range from simple flavours (strawberry, blueberry, gooseberry) to amazing flavour combinations (crème brûlée, fig & marsala and banana & salted caramel).
Various locations – see website for details, twitter.com/wildfigfarm
My Cookie Dough
Photo: My Cookie Dough on Twitter
Here is a new and utterly brilliant concept: hot squishy cookie dough topped with softly whipped ice cream, served in a take-out box for your total convenience. My Cookie Dough’s first branch of many is located inside St David’s 2, so you can stroll by after a hard afternoon of shopping, or for a midweek pick-me-up after work. They also serve ice cream shakes, less hassle to consume than a tray of cookie dough (oh, the hardship) and equally scrumptious.
Floor 1 (between Starbucks and Debenhams), St David’s 2 Shopping Centre CF10 1AH, twitter.com/mycookiedough
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