Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery in Pine Grove?
Mother Earth News named Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery in Pine Grove (west of Jackson in the Foothills) one of the country's top ice cream makers. How do 'hounds like it?
Munnerlyn's Ice Creamery
20145 State Highway 88, Pine Grove, CA 95665
I love love love Munnerlyn's! We head up Highway 88 pretty regularly, and always manage to stop at Munnerlyn's for ice cream, no matter what. My favorite flavor is Kit Carson Crunk, which IIRC starts with a coffee-base and adds a lot of stuff (I like a lot of stuff in my ice creams). They also have seasonal fruit ices and sherbets, which are typically very good, too. There's hardly any room inside to sit, but there are a few tables outside.
The only downside to Munnerlyn's is that they close for the winter. I can't fault them for that, because I'm sure their business would slow to a crawl while there's snow on the ground, but that also happens to be our most common time up that way, too...
Glad I listened to you! After a visit to Apple Hill, I made the drive to Pine Grove, figuring this was as close as I'd be to Munnerlyn's for some time.
The counter personnel were friendly and said I could taste whatever I wanted. After about the seventh sample, the clerk said in a half-joking tone, "You're not going to fill up on samples and not buy anything, are you?" I explained to her that this was my first time here and I was trying to decide what I wanted in the six-mini scoop sampler, $5.25.
Here's what I ended up with: Chocolate stout, Pumpkin, Roaring Camp S'more, Hotel California Sherbet, Big Buzz, Folsom Prison Blueberry
The flavors I didn't like were Peach, Black Licorice, and Cake Batter, though I understand that the latter is one of the big sellers here.
Looking at the FB page, the flavors of the day have almost completely turned over in the four weeks since I was there on Oct 1.
And I also noticed that in the fall and winter it's closed on Tuesdays. Probably a good idea to call ahead for other closings.