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Sweet Republic - Scottsdale

Does anyone know anything about Sweet Republic, the new "cool" ice cream place at 92nd and Shea near Jade Palace? According to my wife, they have some intriguing flavors (basil?) and I am wondering if anyone has tried it.

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  1. I just stopped in on my lunch break today...it's awesome!
    I had a scoop of the Earl Gray IceCream and a scoop of the Lime basil sorbet!
    The sorbet was by far my favorite as I am not a big fan of dairy...though was intrigued by the Earl Gray.

    The flavors were crisp, and definite.
    I loved it!

    Sweet republic is very cute. and bright inside. They have only been open a week and are still experimenting w/ flavors. They also had salted, butter caramel and pear ginger... Most of the flavors are what you would find in most gelato shops. They make their ice cream in the gelato machines...all is very smooth and creamy.
    The owner told me she will be doing more sophisticated flavors...she hasn't done any advertising...but did get a mention in the New Times today!
    Right now she is relying on word of mouth!

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    1. re: ciaogal

      I was at Sweet Republic last week and really liked the housemade everything concept. But they didn't have the flavors that ciaogal is talking about.

      I'm really curious to try the salted caramel ice cream mentioned the the New Times blog. I tried it before at Bi-Rite in SF, but didn't really like it there though I enjoyed the other flavors. So hopefully the salted caramel will be better at Sweet Republic.

      1. re: foodie_21

        I was in there for the first time about an hour ago and I tried many flavors, ALL of which were awesome! I decided on the salted caramel and the peanut butter chip. The peanut butter is made with natural peanut butter and doesn't have salt (I can't quite remember what she said about it but it was AMAZING), and the caramel was really, really good. I tried the Earl Grey which was interesting, it really did taste like tea but in ice cream form! I also sampled a few of the sorbets which are made with real fruit and nothing artificial.

        The toppings are limited, but that's because the ice cream is the star here. The toppings are made in-house as well, and I had some sort of caramel-nut brittle type thing which was very crunchy and had a salty but somehow sour taste to it. It was a little too difficult to chew until it got around to melting a bit in the ice cream. My boyfriend had a pistachio brittle-type topping which was much easier to chew. I got whipped cream on mine (real whipped cream!) and a chocolate sauce and a salted caramel sauce that went well with the caramel ice cream.

        They also have various baked goods which I believe are baked on-premises and looked great. They sell coca cola in bottles (very retro) which is cute. The women who work there, who I believe are the owners, are really nice and care about their product, and it shows! They offered samples of as many flavors as I wanted and told me all about their concept. They also offer pinkberry-style tart frozen yogurt, which I'll have to try on my next visit.

        Overall, this place is awesome and I can't wait to go back!

    2. Tried this place for the first time today and was very happy I did! I had the salted caramel with the pistachio topping. So good. The ice cream was really smooth and great balance of salty and sweet. Will be going back to try some other flavors.

      1. We tried it today. Very cool place inside...they did a good job with the space and the owner is very friendly and proud of her creation! I had the bananas foster with chocolate on top, my wife had the salted butter caramel, and our son had chocolate. All were hits. My wife had a taste of a cherry balsamic syrup as a topping and loved it, but did not order it.

        I do think they their scoops are VERY small for $2.95. And they are skimpy with the toppings. I'm sure the "ice cream is supposed to speak for itself" but I think they could be a little more generous. The serving size and price almost make a Sprinkles cupcake seem like a bargain! :-)

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        1. re: ejs1492

          We stopped in to Sweet Republic for a second visit last evening. I had the lime basil sorbet again...still my favorite. I also tried the strawberry w/ the balsamic syrup...it was a nice combination. My SO had the Chocolate and the Salted Caramel (a flavor I would have never guessed he would enjoy) He loved it!

          I do agree w/ ejs1492 about it being a little pricey....

          I think they are catering to the Kierland Crowd....in a neighborhood setting.

          I hope they start advertising soon!

        2. So I went back to check out some these intriguing flavors that Ciaogal and Jess321 reported on. The salted caramel was a yes for me. So were the pear ginger and lime basil. But the one flavor that I thought was really outrageous was the honey blue cheese. I wasn't sure that this would work, but it totally blew me away.

          Second Ciaogal on their need to advertise.

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          1. re: foodie_21

            Is the salted caramel a caramel-flavor ice cream with salted caramel bits?
            Just curious. At my local market here in UT, there is a new Hagan-Daz (sp) flavor that is caramel ice cream with caramel and little chocolate drops with salted caramel inside. It's unique and pretty darn good. Just wondering how this would stack up to the one at Sweet Republic.

            1. re: foodie_21

              Went here today and sampled all of the flavors mentioned thus far: lime basil (very refreshing; loved the basil component), earl gray (great; definitely does have the tea flavor but it's fairly light and sweet), and the honey blue cheese (agreed that it is quite good; again, has that distinctive blue flavor but is subtle and very nice, particularly for any blue cheese fans), and salted carmel (also great, as mentioned previously).

            2. Sounds great, looking forward to checking this place out.

              Adding info and map

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              Sweet Republic Ice Cream
              9160 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

              1. I visited Sweet Republic the other day with my two young sons. I really like this place. I sampled the chocolate, salted caramel, mint chocolate chip, and the honey blue cheese. One son got a scoop of chocolate and the other a scoop of the caramel. Both loved them. I did two scoops (it's good to be the dad) of the salted caramel and the mint chocolate. They use real mint leaves, and the owner mentioned it tastes more like mint tea, and she was right. It was delicious, and both of my kids loved it. The owner said my sons have great pallates (I laughed out loud since they normally prefer chicken fingers and quesidillas...they must have great ice cream pallates), but they really liked all the flavors. The shop is very cool, and I love that two people left corporate jobs to follow their dream. Everything in the place is all natural, and the flavors are amazing. The blue cheese ice cream was surprisingly great. They are very open and nice about letting you try as many as you want, and in fact, she ended up making me try other flavors (I normally would never ask for more than one or maybe 2). They are very proud of their product, and my kids announced they like it even more than Golden Swirl (thank goodness). We'll definitely be back.

                Barry

                1. We hit Sweet Republic tonight and are big fans. Cool place with neat retro decor. Ice cream & sorbet were both great.

                  Had 8 non-dairy sorbet flavors for the girls which was super nice. Some great flavors. Highlights for us were 2 cheese course (blue cheese & dates - superyum), basil lime sorbet, salted caramel & strawberry sorbet w/balsamic lime glaze. They were super, super nice & let us try everything! Even gave us a sample of a cardamom cornmeal biscotti. Also liked the mayan chocolate, pineapple sorbet, watermelon sorbet & peach sorbet.

                  Think if you're doing a double, you need to do 1 ice cream & 1 sorbet. My 2 cheese course & basil lime sorbet was a great pairing. The wife almost died of richness going with 2 ice creams - though she finished every drop.

                  Will DEFINITELY be heading back. Also love the ease of access (close to the 101) and ample parking.

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                  1. re: ccl1111

                    Another round of great flavors. Got to love the fact that they change frequently. Don't miss the pear ginger sorbet. It rocks!

                    1. re: ccl1111

                      I've been a huge fan of Sweet Republic for a long time. Unfortunately we'd been absent for a while.

                      Finally got reminded to get back in there. It was better than ever.

                      Already a ridiculous fan of the Cheese Course Duo (with medjool dates & Roquefort cheese). Enjoyed it even more than remembered as it seems that the Roquefort is a bit more pronounced. I do know they are always tweaking recipes. Paired that with Cabernet Pear which was a perfect match. New flavor for me, loved it.

                      Other perennial favorites (especially as the kids are dairy allergic) are the basil lime sorbet (basil also seemed a bit more pronounced which I liked even more) & pear ginger.

                      With this last visit, Sweet Republic had a bunch of new flavors. Unlike some other ice cream/gelato shops (some of which I love), Sweet Republic wants you to try as much as you wish.

                      The new flavors we had/tried were Chocolate Sorbet (dairy free & the new fave of my kids), Sweet Sunshine (awesome orange, carrot, ginger sorbet), Banana Sorbet (another killer dairy free flavor - tons of banana), Malawi Peaberry Espresso (switched out the Sumatran bean to great effect - killer coffee flavor), Mango Lassi (with a hint of cardamom), Rum Raisin (super yum), Apple Pie (great) & Chocolate Billy (Belgian chocolate with goat milk).

                      The net effect of all this is we need to get in way more often to try all these new flavors.

                      Not sure if I'm ever going to be able to forego the Cheese Course Duo though.

                      1. re: ccl1111

                        We love Sweet Rebublic. Thanks for the update on the new flavors. We'll have to stop by this weekend. The cheese course is amazing. I also love the mint chocolate chip with real mint.

                        Barry

                        1. re: barry

                          I've been testing recipes using ingredients from Old Town Farmers' Market (thanks to ccl1111 raving review of OTFM). So if you're in this weekend, ask for a taste of the Meyer Lemon made from organic Meyer lemons from McClendon Select.

                          1. re: heleny

                            heleny--sounds great. Will this be for sale at some point, or are you still tweaking the recipe?

                            1. re: crsin

                              Planning to pick out more Meyer lemons tomorrow at OTFM and with a few more tweaks, this should be available week of V-day.

                  2. I'm looking forward to trying this place when I'm in town. I used to treat myself to Ice Tango's, but the teenagers they hire are SO rude... it's like you're interrupting their gossip time when you go into that place. They even got annoyed when I asked for a sample (jeez!).... I really hope Sweet Republic stays focused on the customers (and I'm really glad they have dairy-free options!)

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                    1. re: coastalgypsy

                      The Ice Tango near SR is reportedly closing, so that won't be an issue. Helen and Jan are really focused on customers. We sampled some of the new flavors and Helen listened to our feedback . Some of mine wasn't very positive, but it could just be personal tastes. That happens when you get creative like they do, and it's one of the things I like about SR. They aren't afraid to take chances on non-mainstream flavors. What tastes like lemon Pledge to me (and apparently at least one other person :) ) will be someone else's favorite.

                      And how can you not like a place that made bacon ice cream? :)

                      1. re: Firenza00

                        The Ice Tango by SR is the one that I was complaining about -- no surprise they might close (although it seems like they just opened!)

                        I'll have to pass on the bacon ice cream (vegetarian!) but I definitely love the salty/sweet combo... (do they have a salted caramel flavor???) The last time I got tricked into the bacon thing was when I shoved my face into a box of Vosges truffles and realized a little too late that they snuck a bacon/chocolate truffle in there... (!)

                        1. re: coastalgypsy

                          Salted Butter Caramel, actually. It's really good. :)

                        2. re: Firenza00

                          I'll echo this. My favorite SR flavor is the lime-basil sorbet. Recently, I had a batch that seemed weak in flavor. I gave Helen my feedback and she listened without defensiveness. It turns out, I think, that I had just kept the carton I took home in the freezer too long before enjoying it.

                          That leads to a lesson about how to enjoy the SR product. Because many flavors incorporate fresh ingredients (e.g. basil in my favorite flavor), it's important to enjoy everything within a few days of bringing it home. This isn't like a mass market product that is engineered to stay fresh for weeks or months. The flavors of SR products are intense and therefore have a defined lifetime in the freezer.

                          1. re: silverbear

                            Lime-basil sorbet is one of my faves too. It's too hard to go off the deep end there & end up ordering 3 or 4 scoops. Picking the right thing on a menu is always an effort for me. Picking the right flavor at SR is torturous for me.

                            We'd actually been absent from SR for a while & when we came back, I think Helen's bumped up the intensity of some of the interesting flavors (basil in lime-basil sorbet, Roquefort in the cheese course duo, etc.) to great effect.

                            I do have to give a shout out to the bacon brittle. That stuff is amazing. Love it over the sweet corn ice cream but it is just flat out amazing (I of course love bacon though).

                            SR will be at OTFM from now on starting this weekend as well. Whew hoo!

                      2. I tried the meyer lemon yesterday and it was delicious! Looked like flecks of lemon rind in it? The mango lassi was very refreshing also (with a hint of cardamom I believe?). I ended up with the peaberry coffee & virginia peanut flavors. I could have stood there all day and kept sampling! Really great place.