We're Calling It — This is the Summer of Soft Serve Ice Cream
Here are eight places you can get it in Calgary.
There's no doubt about it — soft serve ice cream is having a moment in Calgary. A staple at chains like Dairy Queen since it was invented in the 1930s, soft serve differs from hard ice cream in that it usually has less fat, it has a light, smooth taste thanks to the presence of air and it's made at a higher temperature (which is what gives it its "soft" form). Plus, it's served in that signature swirl shape instead of scoops.
Lately, soft serve has been getting special treatment from old and new Calgary eateries and ice cream stands. While some are handmaking their own soft serve, others are getting creative by offering multiple flavours or combining it with slushies to make screamers. Either way, you can't go wrong with this delicious treat.
Here are eight places in Calgary where you can get your soft serve fix this summer.
Now you can get some soft serve while you shop for groceries at Bridgeland Market. New as of this May, the market serves vanilla soft serve from Foothills Creamery in cones (sugar, regular or waffle), dishes or in sundae form. You can also dip it in chocolate or add a chocolate drizzle for an extra 75 cents.
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While you can get regular soft serve ice cream at various concessions stands at the Calgary Zoo, you can also take your ice cream craving to the next level by ordering a screamer, which is essentially soft serve and slushie in a cup. You can get orange or Pepsi screamers at the Dairy Bar or blue raspberry screamers at the Penguin Café. Click here for more information on where to find screamers at the zoo.
After enjoying an Argentinean-inspired meal at Charbar, you can finish off your dining experience with some soft serve from Calgary's own Fiasco Gelato for dessert. The flavours change at least once a week, but Charbar is currently serving a blueberry Greek yogurt soft serve and a dark chocolate gelato.
The soft serve at Frank & Mabel's is technically Greek frozen yogurt, but that doesn't make it any less delicious. It comes in more than 30 flavours, and some of the most popular ones are chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Make sure to grab a cone the next time you're at the Calgary Farmers' Market.
Calgary Farmers' Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E., facebook.com/frankandmabels/
Pineapple Dole Whip is usually only available in Calgary at major events like Stampede. But now, you can get it at Inglewood Drive-In as well. The casual neighbourhood eatery just introduced the refreshing pineapple Dole Whip soft serve to its menu in June. You can enjoy it in float form or in a simple cone or cup. As a bonus, it's also gluten and dairy free.
802 12 St. S.E., 403-265-5198, inglewooddrivein.com
It's been around 50 years since Luke's Drug Mart offered soft serve ice cream, but now, you can once again order it at its Bridgeland location. Luke's Drug Mart worked with chef Eric Hendry of Bar Von Der Fels to create the soft serve, which is made with D Dutchmen Dairy from Sicamous, B.C. They're currently offering soft serve in vanilla and coconut charcoal flavours for $4, which you can try separately or opt to get them swirled together.
Local artisanal ice cream shop Made by Marcus usually offers two different kinds of soft serve, which you can get in a cup or handmade waffle cone. Currently, they're offering vanilla and watermelon flavours. But the shop also uses its soft serve to make its signature sundaes, which could be topped with anything from macarons to torched marshmallows to cotton candy.
#121, 1013 17 Ave. S.W, 403-452-1692, madebymarcus.ca
Conveniently situated right beside the Eau Claire Splash Park, this ice cream stand offers tons of ways to experience soft serve ice cream. There are multiple soft serve flavours to choose from (think vanilla, bubble gum, cherry or chocolate) or you can get a screamer with your choice of soft serve flavour and either Pepsi or blue raspberry slush. You can even pretend you're in London by ordering soft serve ice cream with a flake (chocolate stick) sticking out of it.
Eau Claire Plaza, 3 St. and Riverfront Ave. S.W., 403-804-1408, facebook.com/moosicecreamyyc/