It’s summertime, which in Seattle means post-9PM sunsets, and temperatures that finally break 70 degrees. Perfect time of year to try out the new ice cream haunts around town.
This afternoon my friends from Greenlake introduced me to Molly Moon’s ice cream shop in Wallingford. It’s right on the main drag near Bottleworks and the big QFC. Molly Moon opened in May and is all about local ingredients (mostly organic), compostable bowls/flatware, and creative flavors.
With a group of 3, I was able to sample 6 of their 16 flavors: honey lavender, thai iced tea, balsamic strawberry, salted caramel, "scout" mint (they added the quotes, not me), and chocolate. They all had a good texture (medium-creamy), and all of them tasted as advertised, but most of the flavors were too overwhelming. These are ice creams that don’t hold back. Thai iced tea was effectively a solidified version of the condensed milk cocktail. The salted caramel was jam-packed with salt and caramel, and while I really enjoyed it, I could only handle a few bites. Molly is at her best on the basics – the chocolate and strawberry were my favorites of the bunch.
If you’re in the area, Molly Moon’s is a friendly place to stop on a warm day and grab an ice cream and/or an espresso (with Vivace beans). I’m glad to see a real ice-cream shop opening as opposed to the set of recent Pinkberry-knockoffs. And if Molly can adapt her recipes to a more subtle, nuanced approach then this shop can become a standout.
My apologies for the lack of pictures. My lovely photographer was out of town this weekend.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop
1622 1/2 N 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103
P.S. They are working on getting pints into local grocery stores as well, stay tuned.