Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer guide to Atlanta ice cream shops

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge FACE-MELTING: Chocolate-covered, sprinkle-dipped soft serve at Zesto
  • FACE-MELTING: Chocolate-covered, sprinkle-dipped soft serve at Zesto

There are few sounds that can sling emotions into sharp summer focus more quickly than the melody of the ice cream truck. The anxious expectation of childhood's mad ice cream truck scramble resonates well into adulthood: Will there be enough time? From the back yard through the kitchen, the frantic begging for money from mom, the music getting closer, bursting through the front door and out to the sidewalk. Wait! And then the payoff — cool, creamy, dripping satisfaction.

After a treat-free winter and spring, all of a sudden summer allows dessert in the middle of the day. It's as if summer's here just to deliver ice cream to young gluttonous and grubby hands.

What could be simpler or more pleasurable than something cold and sugary to act as balm to summer's heat?

JAKE'S ICE CREAM Jake's stands out not just for its vibrant flavors, but also for its subtlety: The brown-sugar ice cream is a smooth caress of your tastebuds, never gritty or cloying. The Chocolate Slap Yo Mama is justly celebrated, being not so much an ice cream flavor as an enhanced chocolate delivery system. The newest location is in the cute Old Fourth Ward Irwin Street Market. 660 Irwin St. 404-586-0920, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.jakesicecream.com.

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