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Sep 2, 2008 12:25 AM

Marianne's Ice Cream, Santa Cruz up for sale

Read in the SJ Mercury the owner wants to retire after 50 yrs, he's put the store up for sale for $1.4 million.

Article here:

Marianne's Ice Cream
1020 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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  1. This is one of those places that Yelp gets over-carried away. Marianne's is in the same class as Mitchell's, multi-flavors. I like them a little more than Mitchell's. It is a nice stop on the way back from Santa Cruz. I like the spumoni a lot. If you like cheesecake-flavored ice creams they do that well. The fruit flavors are fine but I don't particularily remember a specifc flavor, so there you go.

    It is not as outrageous a price as it seems. He sells to grocery stores like Mollie Stones and The Milk Pail. So it is not just that little store.

    1. Thanks for this info; I hadn't heard about this. $1.4 mil sounds like a pretty good deal for the store, factory (on the westside), and all their wholesale accounts. They have a loyal following, and there's usually a line when we go.

      We haven't been in a long time since I'm not as crazy about their ice cream as I used to be. I used to love and crave it when we first moved to the area about 4 yrs. ago, but something has changed. I don't think it's their ice cream that's changed necessarily but rather my tastebuds. Their fruit flavors are the weakest.

      Lately, we've been buying locally-produced Polar Bear ice cream from Shopper's Corner if I don't have homemade ice cream in the house. PB used to have a storefront before we moved here and was Marianne's competitor but now only does wholesale. I think there's an ice cream shop in Capitola that sells PB by the scoop. Flavors like Mexican Chocolate and Mint CC have been good. It costs a little more than Marianne's but I think they use better ingredients which results in more intense flavor and better mouthfeel.

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      1. re: Carb Lover

        I miss Polar Bear! I liked going to the store in the summer and getting a scoop. I'd often buy the quarts in the store. I always liked them more than Marianne's and didn't know why everyone liked Marianne's so much. My favorite thing of Polar Bear's is the Paws. You can buy them at Cafe Violet in Capitola Village. They have a Turkish Paw (coffee), Mexican chocolate Paw and one other, I think. I like getting a Paw and walking down to the cliff past the stage at the end of the Esplanade.

        1. re: mixmastermidori

          Do elaborate on this treat called a Paw! What is it exactly?

          My favorite PB flavor from Shopper's thus far has been the Thin Mint. At first I thought it might be mint ice cream w/ Andes mint type candies, but it's actually mint ice cream w/ these thin flaky chocolate bits...the kind that enrobes an ice cream bar. So good and addictive. I was interested in the ollalieberry honey, but husband vetoed that!