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My soon to be 12 year old is requesting an ice cream cake for his big day.

I know only the typical commercial fare; Carvel, BR, Coldstone. I saw that TJ's made one at one time. I'd really prefer a locally make super ice cream cake, Fosselman's , Dr. Bob's, Milk on Beverly?

Ideas would be greatly appreciated. We are located in Hollywood. Thanks.

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  1. Fosselman's makes ice cream cakes. Can't go wrong.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Have bought them at least a couple of times for my twin lads, worth the investment in dry ice and gas as we don't live nearby!

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      Fosselman's Ice Cream Co
      1824 W Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801

      1. re: sel

        It's been a while since I've been in there but Tai at Scoops made ice cream cakes.
        You might want to give them a call or drop by since your in the hood.
        I'm sure he could make you something truly different.

      2. re: ipsedixit

        I agree completely. We always had guests go for seconds and thirds when we served their ice cream cakes. If you put it in a cooler with some blue ice, I'm sure it will last the drive from Alhambra to Hollywood. They don't make them on the weekends, so if you want it on a weekend, make sure you order on a weekday.

      3. My wife purchased one at Coldstone. She custom blended the ice cream to my favorite combination and had it put in between sheets of chocolate cake. Overall, it was delicious.

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        1. re: DrBruin

          While my lads like Coldstone, I find the ice cream to have an artificial chemical taste/aftertaste.

          1. re: sel

            Totally concur.

            Coldstone Creamery is like Michael Jackson circa 21st Century; Fosselman's is like Michael Jackson circa "Jackson 5" era.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              had chocolate dipped strawberry ice cream cake from fosslman's few times and it is really good!

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I find it hard to find banana ice cream..... that tastes like banana.. .not like banana laffy taffy, and doesn't have strawberry ice cream blended in it, nuts in them (not allergic... just that it's usually the selection are walnuts... not my fav... which makes Ben and Jerry's chunky monkey flavor not something that I go for), or caramel swirls (which is fine, unless you're looking just for banana).

                Personally, I like Cold Stones' banana flavored ice cream...especially when they mix in fresh banana. I've only found one rendition that I preferred more... but that was at a restaurant in Westchester County, NY that no longer makes this flavor of ice cream. And, I'm pretty sure the ice cream would melt by the time I came back to So Cal.

                If anyone has a suggestion for banana ice cream, please let me know.

                1. re: DrBruin

                  DrBruin,

                  You might try Bennett's. They make their own ice cream and use chunks of bananas in their banana ice cream. Also, really good frozen bananas as well.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Thanks......(homer voice)...banana....iccceee..crreeeammm...ahhh

                  2. re: DrBruin

                    Glacier in Manhattan Beach has banana but not all the time so call first. Here is a link to their flavor list. It's really good too.
                    http://www.glaciericecream.com/flavor...

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                    Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
                    1605 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Oh, this sounds promising! Thank you!

                    2. re: DrBruin

                      Fresh and Easy has a roasted banana ice cream (or gelato)

                      1. re: crystaw

                        Thank you, I've had their roasted banana gelato...

                  3. re: sel

                    I concur. My experience with Coldstone was FNL. First and last.

                    1. re: sel

                      It's the emulsifiers ... no different than Baskin-Robbins or Mashti Malone's. They all ship their ice creams in unrefrigerated trucks, so the stuff has to hold together for re-freezing.

                      Agree with the recs for Scoops and Fosselman's, although Scoops is much more local for you.

                      1. re: maxzook

                        "They all ship their ice creams in unrefrigerated trucks, so the stuff has to hold together for re-freezing"
                        Where did you get that information?