Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Sep 5, 2009 04:12 PM

John's $1 Scoop (on Shattuck) [Berkeley]

I didn't try it, but it sure is popular - treat the entire family for $4 or $5. I peeked in and they seem to have the standard range of flavors. Has anyone tried this? Do you know where the ice cream comes from? cash only (no shocker)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. my husband tried it a couple of weeks ago -- I was too full. It was standard ice cream, nothing special, but a great deal. we were trying to figure out how they could possibly make a profit...

    6 Replies
    1. re: milklady

      Ice cream costs less than $1 a quart, so there's a good profit margin there.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I wonder if it is related at all to this place

        American Canyon: County Creamery - $1 scoops of ice cream made in the shop

        County Creamery
        101 W American Canyon Rd, American Canyon, CA

        1. re: rworange

          The East Bay Express did an article on frozen desserts today and mentioned John's

          "over sixteen rich, indulgent flavors — mocha almond fudge and green tea are best-sellers — made on-site by John Gill, who says his family's twenty years in the frozen-dessert business have taught him enough about creating recipes, sourcing ingredients, and running shops to keep quality up and costs down. (He owns another John's, also selling dollar scoops, in Brentwood.)"

          1. re: rworange

            Wow. I never would've guessed it's house-made. I'll have to try it soon.

            1. re: milklady

              As your husband mentioned, it is standard ice cream, probably in the Bud's, Loard's, Mitchell's, etc ... category.

              It is decent ice cream. To me it is better than Baskin Robbins.

              They are generous with the samples and the $1 scoops are large.

              The huckleberry was very good. Fried ice cream had something to do with Mexican ice cream they said. There were some sort brown sugar deal with crunchy bits in it. The peach cobbler, a mix of lighltly flavored peach and vanilla with some crust was decent.

              This is one of those ice creams in ... uh ... assertive ... colors. I don't want to use the "L" word (lurid).

              However, the pistachio was just what I want out of pistachio, bright green with lots of pieces of pistachio and that slightly boozy quality some pistachio ice cream has.

              Though they said no, if this doesn't have something to do with Canyon Creamery, I'd be surprised. It is so similar. I wonder if someone is franchising this type of operation ... make ice cream on site and selling the base and stuff.

              What bugs me on these types of places is there is no ingrediant list. They don't have the overly sweet HFCS, but a question about that gets the same answer ... "I don't know. We make the ice cream on site".

              Still, it tastes good for what it is and is a cheery place with lots of families with kids. All types of cones, regular, sugar, waffle, chocolate-dipped waffle, clown cones.

              Sundaes, banana splits and shakes are available.

              Come on ... what's not to like about a $1 ice cream cone. It made me happy.

              IMO, a nice place to stop by with the kids if going to the nearby cinema, museum or library.

              1. re: rworange

                >"Though they said no, if this doesn't have something to do
                > with Canyon Creamery, I'd be surprised. It is so similar."

                Like the Berkeley location, the County Creamery in American Canyon is located in a former Cold Stone Creamery shop:



    2. Tried this a few months ago. I have eaten a lot of terrible ice cream in my life, so this probably wasn't the worst, just the one that depressed me for longest.

      1 Reply
      1. re: bradluen

        Why "depressed for longest," Brad?

        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          It's in the former Cold Stone Creamery. 2204 Shattuck at Allston.

        2. It's now a buck and quarter per scoop. Still not a bad deal.