Today’s Contender: McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Flavor: Vanilla Bean
This not so boring Vanilla Bean ice cream may just be the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had. I have in fact, tried a few of McConnell’s flavors and think the texture of their ice cream to be exactly what I love — rich and creamy, smooth beyond compare made with premium, all natural ingredients. Which makes their vanilla bean to die for. Just as the carton says, a perfect accompaniment to pie! But it’s damn good alone as well.
McConnell’s ice cream is a Santa Barbara, California tradition going back over 70 years. But of late, they have joined the Los Angeles ice cream boom with scoop shops downtown, in Los Feliz and Studio City. You can also find them in nearly every grocery store here in town for those that don’t live on the east side — at the premium price of $9.99/pt.
There may be more trendy ice cream shops everywhere here in LA these days but I’d pick McConnel’s over any of them to be honest.