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Sep 7, 2012 11:45 AM

High Quality Ice Cream in OC

I'm looking for something on the level of Scoops or Sweet Rose Creamery in the OC. Would also be open to great gelato like Bulgarini.

I've tried
Han's in Costa Mesa (more old school style like Swensen's)
Farrell's in Brea (eh and not worth the wait)
Strickland's in Irvine (stopped going there after somebody here told me to look up their ingredients)
N'ice Cream in Costa Mesa (enjoyed the salted caramel but not at the same level)
Bruxie (great custard but not the same thing)
Mozza (great gelato but inconvenient)
Dripp in Chino Hills (not OC but the ice cream there is very good)

Is there anything out in the OC that compares with great artisan products and inventive flavor combinations?

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  1. Another brand to try down OC way (although I don't know if they have an actual shop or not?)

    1. I like Mangiamo Gelato cafe, I've only been to the one in HB, but are also in Fountain Valley.

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      1. re: jaykayen

        I'll give them a try when I'm in the area. I think I've seen their product in WF and some other stores. I recognize the name.

        1. re: js76wisco

          btw, what happened to the gelato joint in the food court of the fashion island mall in newport beach ?

          1. re: kevin

            Gelato Paradiso closed. RIP. And so did there location in the shopping center next to the Newport library. That location was bought out by Sprinkles Icecream :(

        2. Funny you mentioned Sweet Rose. We were there today and had a tasty, but very icy plum sorbet and a very sweet strawberry ice cream. I much prefer Grom and Caramela. Unfortunately the only great ice cream/gelato in OC that we have tried is at Mozza.

          1. Resurrecting this topic to see if anyone knows if there are other places, in South OC, that have the same kind of frozen custard that Bruxie's sells.

            This stuff is amazing. Supposed to come from Wisconsin, I think. We take out their chocolate sundae, but it's a menu item and that makes it pretty pricey. Would love to find a similar packaged product somewhere, if that could even be.

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            1. re: Midlife

              Have you tried Confetti Italian Ices & Custard? I don't think their custard in and of itself is trip worthy. The combine italian ices and custard into a variety of wild flavor combinations.

              Originally from Queens I never thought this would work or that I'd actually enjoy it. It's not half bad. You might find something you like here and unlike Bruxie they have 4 to 6 different flavors of custard.

              There is a branch 3 stores down from Ramen Yamadaya in Costa Mesa.

              1. re: js76wisco

                Thanks you. My wife works at South Coast Plaza, so I'll ask her to check it out. Not sure yours is the most ringing endorsement though. >>" I don't think their custard in and of itself is trip worthy."<<

                1. re: Midlife


                  Ducking Hans.

                  Enough fucking said.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Hans is not on the level of Scoops or Sweet Rose. N'ice Cream is no Bulgarini. That is the quality I'm looking for. Maybe its just not a reasonable ask right now in the OC.

                    Let me know what your wife thinks of Confetti. It's a new dessert experience for me. I heard its the new Pinkberry with the amount of hype and foot traffic going through there.

              2. re: Midlife

                Bump. Looking for the equivalent in N. OC. cuz it's going to be a cool 92+ in Fullerton today.

                1. re: TonyC

                  Stuck in Fullerton ?


                  You might as well hit up the early bird, though it ain't that great.

                2. re: Midlife

                  Rita's Italian Ice just opened up a shop in Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. They have frozen custard.

                  1. re: WesSabi

                    Thanks for that info. Are you from back East and have you tried the Italian Ices?

                    1. re: JAB

                      Whoa, seriously? Water ice and frozen custard in LA? Where's the boardwalk pizza and Italian subs? :-)

                      Mr Taster

                      1. re: JAB

                        Yes, I'm originally from the Philadelphia area. The Italian ices are good. Not too sweet and contain bits of fruit. I prefer the gelati which is a an Italian ice with frozen custard.

                        1. re: WesSabi

                          Just saw that Rita's is open in Santa Monica too, on Main St. How interesting.

                          I was just in Atlantic City and saw Rita's on the Boardwalk, but didn't try it as there was no lack of water ice/frozen custard shops to pick from. There was a huge line of people (families with screaming kids) waiting there. I think there may be some chain snobbery against Rita's on the Mid-Atlantic boards, but out here beggars can't be choosers. The only two Italian ice places I've tried (Joe's near Disneyland and Di Dio's on Montana) are wrong. Too icy. Di Dio's was more like a granita with big chunks of ice. The wonder of Italian ice is the smooth, silky, creamy texture of the stuff. (For this reason, I am not sure why you consider "bits of fruit" a positive trait in Italian ice-- unless it's a miniscule shaving of lemon zest, I'm not interested in any textural roadbumps while I enjoy my Italian ice)

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            Yes please on the lemon zest. If I remember correctly, we used to call them all Lemon Ice and if you got a flavor other than lemon, it was a Cherry Lemon Ice for example.

                            1. re: Mr Taster

                              Try Confetti ices if you're near Costa Mesa. The ices are much better than the two places you mention. The texture and consistency of the ice is right. It all comes down to temperature. It's the best ices I've had outside of the east coast.

                              I'm super biased when it comes to ices. I grew up in Queens a few miles from the altar - Lemon Ice King of Corona.

                              I never minded the blueberries or pieces of cherry in my ice so long as the ices had the right texture.

                      2. I seem to recall having the some "wow!" and then "oh no..." reaction to Strickland's after eating the ice cream and then reading the ingredients.

                        It's been a while, but I seem to recall they once posted the ingredients on the website. It's no longer there-- just a note saying "stop by your local Strickland's for nutrition info."

                        I don't recall-- what was so objectionable about the ingredients list?

                        Mr Taster

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                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Somebody on the board tipped me off to the ingredients list a few years back. The ingredients read like a bottle of shampoo or a bag of cheetos. You'd need a physicist to explain what actually goes into the ice cream.

                          Strickland's tastes great but I haven't been back since reading that list.