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Oct 23, 2009 04:04 PM

coconut ice cream

Does anyone know if any Los Angeles Ice Cream shops make a really good real coconut ice cream - preferably with bits of coconut in it

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  1. Normally, I would recommend Fosselman's, but for coconut ice cream you can't go wrong with the version at Jitlada ... those Thais know their coconuts!

    5233 West Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles
    (323) 663-3104

    1. i know it's not an ice cream shop (unless you drive to Santa Barbara), but McConnell's (at Gelson's) does a nice coconut filled with coconut shreds.

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      1. re: Emme

        I second McConnell's...very rich with a nice fresh coconut taste!...available at Bristol Farms. I also like the coconut ice cream at Thai Nakorn...and they will pack a quart (in their soup containers) is best that you bring some dry ice to transport it as it melts very easily!

        1. re: TravelPath

          Hmm. A scoop of McConnell's intense Bordeaux Strawberry or intense Turkish Coffee with a scoop of that coconut I've never tried -- sounds intense.

          McConnells Ice Cream of Santa Barbara
          201 W Mission St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

          1. re: Harry Nile

            curious as to whether you've had both the Brazilian Coffee and the Turkish Coffee... and if so, how do they compare? differ? thanks!

            1. re: Emme

              As a matter of fact, Emme, I have a pint of Brazilian Coffee in my freezer and used it last night to make a very tasty affogato (with espresso, a few roasted walnuts, Grand Marnier-scented whipped cream, and a chocolate-covered cherry on top -- a sensible dessert after an Alondra Hot Wings dinner ;-).

              The McConnell's Santa Barbara parlor manager once told me that Turkish is the only one of their several coffee flavors that has a significant amount of caffeine. The Brazilian is nevertheless delicious -- good coffee flavor, creamy, and seemingly lighter than the TC. The most important difference, however, is the fine-ground coffee McConnell's stirs throughout Turkish Coffee ice cream, whose texture would be intriguingly compatible with the Coconut that you're recommending. If you like to finish a cup of Greek or Turkish coffee by eating the grounds with a spoon, then you'll love this ice cream, which seems to be available only in the SB parlor. (Believe me, I've asked more than once.)

              1. re: Harry Nile

                i always get turkish coffee and the island coconut when i got to the sb location just off of state street.

      2. I can vouch for Lappert's of Hawaii. You can order in multiples of 6 and it is packed in dry ice and air shipped. The son started Lappert's on the mainland. It can be similarly ordered and there are retail stores in California but not in LA. There is a shop in Palm Springs but I cannot vouch for the taste as I've only had it in Hawaii.

        1. I know you asked for "Ice Cream shops" but if you're willing to buy a pint or gallon, this place imports some great chunky coconut ice cream from Thailand:

          LAX-C market
          1100 N Main St.
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          (323) 343-9000

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          1. re: RoachCoach

            Some of the above replies sound like they are more "high-end," but I like the coconut paletas they make at some Mexican ice cream shops. I frequent the Mateo's on Sepulveda in Culver City, but I know there are (I think) 4 Mateo's shops in total. Their paletas definitely have shredded coconut bits.

            1. re: RoachCoach

              i second the lax-c rec. macapuno, although not found there, is also good.

            2. delicieuse makes a fantastic coconut ice cream.
              2503 artesia blvd.
              redondo beach, ca 90278
              they are open to the public friday to sunday only so make sure to check their hours of operation before you go.

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              1. re: FatTooth

                "FatTooth," sounds like a winner to me. Of the ice creams I have eaten, Delicieuse has been the best I've tasted. I usually take the coward's way out and get it at Surfas (much closer and
                much longer hours), but I've never seen the coconut one there. I know the Delicieuse shop in Redondo Beach does have lots more flavors available. They don't have all the flavors listed on their website available at their shop (all the time) do they? I assume that'd be question number 2 to ask.