Mark Spivak, Wine and Spirits Editor
Contrary to popular belief, La Michoacana ice cream isn’t a formal chain but rather a loose confederation of vendors who adhere to the same production standards to churn out ice cream using premium ingredients and natural fruits and flavors. There are reputed to be close to 15,000 locations in Mexico. Locally, La Michoacana Natural has outposts in Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, and the ice cream is also available at area Walmart stores.
Morelia Gourmet Paletas
Kristen Desmond LeFevre, Senior Editor
Visit Morelia Gourmet Paletas’ Boca Raton location and you’ve instantly got problems: Do you refresh your taste buds with Pineapple Mint? Indulge with Fudgy Chocolate Brownie? Opt for the Instagrammable Cookies & Cream? My go-to is Dulce de Leche, filled with an oozy caramel center. Lock in your flavor and it’s time for a dip—first in chocolate, hazelnut, or cookie butter, and then in toppings from crushed cookies and nuts to coconut flakes and sprinkles. The result? The most delicious Mexican paleta this side of Miami.
Allison Wolfe Reckson, Managing Editor
When asked about my favorite iced dessert, I immediately thought of a classic indulgence from an iconic location. The gelato at Sant Ambroeus on Palm Beach represents the epitome of the frozen Italian treat. The ultra-smooth texture of each flavor—including chocolate, vanilla, coconut, mango, pistachio, and hazelnut—may be enjoyed on its own or in combination with fresh berries, hot chocolate, espresso, or Grand Marnier. Sant Ambroeus offers its gelato by the scoop or the pint, for dine-in or take-home.
Proper Ice Cream
Mary Murray, Executive Editor
The name says it all: Proper Ice Cream in Delray Beach and Boca Raton creates from-scratch ice cream and baked goods you can’t help but love. In addition to classics, there are more unique flavors such as blueberry muffin and chocolate-covered honeycomb. Get a Proper Flight to sample a few. Vegans can also get in on the fun with plant-based offerings.
Abigail Duffy, Web Editor
For me, ice cream is a food group. When the craving hits (and it’s often), Crema Rolls in West Palm Beach can’t be beat. The shop specializes in Thai rolled ice cream, with fruit, drizzles, and other extras loaded on top (my favorite part). From the 16-options-deep OGs menu of rolled ice cream to vegan flavors and soft serve, your frozen-treat sweet tooth has met its match.
Daphne Nikolopoulos, Editor in Chief
A good vacherin glacé this side of the Seine is a rarity, but Le Bilboquet on Palm Beach has perfected this slice of French frozen deliciousness. Layers of raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream are surrounded with meringue petals and topped with berries. Sounds simple, but it’s not easy to nail the consistency: The ice cream can’t be too soft, and the meringue must be lighter than air. Bilbo delivers on both counts.