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Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

The website Kitchen Daily has Molly Moons as the number 6 ice cream parlor in the world. The article includes an awesome, appetizing slideshow with details on all 30. Opinions anyone?

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  1. Molly Moon's is fine—I really love their chocolate—but I have had way more than six better ice creams and I haven't traveled the whole world.

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    1. re: sweetpotater

      I feel like the best way to enjoy Molly Moon's is as part of their sundaes. They make delicious sauces and great homemade toppings that take things to another level.

      (Agree that the ice cream itself is just "ok")

    2. Ugg. I don't get it. At. All.

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      1. re: akq

        Here's the link for the Kitchen Daily article/slide show: http://www.kitchendaily.com/read/worl...

        Is there better ice cream in Seattle? I saw Mora on Bainbridge Island mentioned in a dessert thread and it looks promising.

        I've only been to three of the places on the list (24. Salt and Straw, didn't love it as the flavours tired my palate quickly 17. Cows too mass produced10. Birite tasty but not stellar IMO.

        1. re: grayelf

          Mora is my fav, but it is a trek (miss their Bell Sq location). I also think the ice cream at Bluebird and even Full Tilt is better than MM's. If you include frozen custard and gelato I like Peaks (Frozen custard) and gelato at D'Ambrosio and Fainting Goat better.

          1. re: akq

            I don't think I've ever had frozen custard so thanks for the Peaks recco. The SO loves him some gelato so those are good too. We might be going to Bainbridge Island for touristical reasons so that makes it less of a trek to fold in Mora :-).

            1. re: grayelf

              Last time I went to Bainbridge we had dinner at Hitchcock (name your price and the chef makes you a chef's menu so you can try a bunch of stuff...we said $80/pp and they said that was too much so we went with $60/pp and it was EXCELLENT). Then ice cream at Mora to eat on the ferry back to Seattle. Such a fabulous evening.

            2. re: akq

              Mora is fantastic.

              Bluebird is right by my house and I want to love it, but the service--you'll wait a half hour in line if there are 6 people in front of you, since it's only one person doing the scooping and cashiering--and the weird quirks (they don't have cups. They put ice cream in coffee cups, with the lid with a hole in it, Why. Why???). I do love the waffle cones though.

              Has anyone had the ice cream sandwiches made of Parisian style macarons at Parfait? They are delicious. But Parfait also doesn't have good to go bowls. They give you a real bowl, but then put an upside down bowl on top and saran wrap the whole thing. What is wrong with the little ice cream makers in this town that no one can buy normal cups with lids?

              1. re: christy319

                If you are truly committed, you have to diversify! I like Molly Moon's chocolate, Bluebird's chocolate pudding, Parfait's vanilla, and Mora's blackberry.

                Yes, these lists are generally silly clickbait.

                1. re: sweetpotater

                  BlueBird chocolate pudding is one of the best tasting ice creams ever. Their texture is good not great though.

                2. re: christy319

                  ST had a write-up of Parfait on Friday: http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificn...

                  I myself studied abroad in Toulouse (where Shimada first began cooking) so now I really need to stop by!

              2. re: grayelf

                Adding one more Mora recommendation, if you are able to squeeze in an excursion to Bainbridge Island. They are really on a different level than Molly Moon's. Some of Mora's flavors are better than others (Dulce de leche is intense and delicious, the chocolate is not particularly exciting), but all the flavors I've tried have a particularly pure and clean quality that is unmatched in by the ice cream places in Seattle proper.

                Also, alas, Peaks is closed. There's Old School Frozen Custard in Capitol Hill if you want to try frozen custard. I haven't had their custard freshly-made, but their packaged stuff has been pretty good.

                1. re: creepygirl

                  You had me at dulce de leche! Mora FTW

            3. Hey, bighound:

              I just saw another list of "best" ice cream, limited to the west coast of USA, and MM didn't make the top 50.

              These kinds of lists are always inherently suspect, IMO.

              I've only had MM a handful of times. While it was very good ice cream, I'm skeptical all but 5 places on the planet are doing it poorer.


              1. MM is definitely good ice cream, but these lists are pointless.
                I'd say MM is better than Bluebird and Full Tilt, but I like them all. I go to FT regularly because it's closeby and more than adequate.
                I think the best frozen treats can be had at Old School frozen custard though. Peaks is closed unfortunately, never got to try it either.

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                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                  That's sad news about Peaks. I tried OSFC and I thought it was ok, but I didn't like it as much as I liked Peaks. Oh well.

                  1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                    having tried both, Old School is a better product. Much smoother and richer than Peaks was. Tastes like eastcoast frozen custard. I do feel bad for the folks who ran Peaks in the U District though. Really nice people trying to bring something unique to an area that needs it.

                    1. re: bighound

                      Interesting. I felt exactly the opposite. Peaks had much more flavor and a way creamier mouth feel than Old School. But I've only had Old School twice and it was a while ago so maybe they've changed.

                      1. re: Lauren

                        Agreed. I tried OSFY about a month ago and didn't feel it stood up to Peaks at all. Peaks will be missed.

                        1. re: akq


                          I wish I was around to try Peaks when it was here. Is there any other frozen custard in Seattle?

                          Also, for what it's worth Old School is best from their stores, rather than the grocery store.

                          I got some Old School on Whidbey last weekend from a grocery store in a prepacked pint and there were definitely some issues with texture. It got handled poorly at some point (or multiple) during the supply chain. Tasted ok but put side by side with fresh scooped I wouldn't even think they were the same product.

                          1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                            I grew up in Milwaukee, ground zero for frozen custard and I believe where the Old School people are from too, and I wish I could say I loved their product more. It's not bad, but frozen custard from the Milwaukee places they are copying is considerably more flavorful.

                            1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                              I didn't know that you could get Old School at the grocery store!

                              1. re: Lauren

                                Only some places have it. Central Co-Op in Seattle does for sure. On whidbey I got it at Payless Foods.

                                Anyone know if you can get it at Met Market or PCC (definitely don't stock it at Seward park location).

                                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                  I've seen it at the Morgan Junction Thriftway in west Seattle. There is a list of 'partners' on their website, along with an announcement that they will be in all Met Markets.

                    2. I find MM to be too sweet..I'm more of a Husky Deli guy.

                      1. Salt & Straw in Portland comes in at #24. Having tried both places there is no comparison - Salt & Straw serves a far superior product: Blue Cheese with Pear and Olive Oil are my current faves. That is for a different board, however.

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                        1. Love the opinions! Mora is significantly better than MM in my opinion. Being an eastsider I second the miss on the BSq location. I have tried the product at 13 places on the list and the best of those in my opinion was the Simmo's in Australia. The orange chocolate was amazing.
                          That said, the 2 best I have ever had were from Lappert's in Hawaii-a chocolate,caramel,macadamia nut combo that i can not remember the name of and have never seen on the mainland and just last month different flavors in 3 shops in Zagreb, Croatia. Do not pass up ice cream in Zagreb if you get the chance. It was really fresh and delicious.

                          1. Snoqualmie (or whoever makes their base) must be so pleased.


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                            1. re: babette feasts

                              What do you mean? Who makes their base?
                              I love Snoqualmie ice cream, they used to have a pumpkin flavor but they got rid of it almost a year ago.

                              I also apparently need to get to Mora.

                              1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                Molly Moon's uses a prefabricated base. I think it's from Snoqualmie Ice Cream. Makes sense since I'm not a fan of Snoqualmie or MM and to me they taste a lot alike.

                                1. re: venice4504

                                  Ahhhh, wasn't aware. I like MM but it isn't like mind blowing or anything. I really like the Snoqualmie custard flavors, their regular ice cream is pretty good though too I think...As far as grocery store ice cream goes anyway.

                                  1. re: venice4504

                                    Exactly. I'm sure there is some room for customization in the base formula, not sure when the flavors are added, that is if they are made by Molly or if the base comes flavored. If all they are doing is freezing the base, how much credit should MM get? If something is made by someone else to your spec's, did you make it?

                                    1. re: babette feasts

                                      Almost all of the local ice cream shops use snoqualmie base. I can't remember the details off the top of my head, but it involves some intense health department regulations to do otherwise...

                                      1. re: dagoose

                                        Yeah, something about pasteurizing I think. Plus, I've heard it's a lot cheaper than starting from cream and eggs, even at wholesale prices. Volume and labor and all that.

                                        So could Molly be doing something to the Snoqualmie base that makes it #6 in the world? I'm highly skeptical!

                                        1. re: babette feasts

                                          Hi, babette: "So could Molly be doing something to the Snoqualmie base that makes it #6 in the world?"

                                          Well if these polls are like others, e.g., those about steakhouses, they're either directly or indirectly paid for, or adroitly and vociferously marketed. They also cater to a base human need to think there's something familiar within a certain short radius that is world-class--because its very familiarity makes *us* world-class. Think of the endorphin crash if the only sensible pronouncement was "really good ice cream".


                                        2. re: dagoose

                                          Parfait doesn't use a base and I don't believe Fainting Goat does either.

                                        3. re: babette feasts

                                          I am no ice cream expert, but it seems to me that the base cannot be entirely standardized. For example, Snoqualmie's own Mukilteo Mud flavor is better IMO than the chocolate flavors offered by MM or Full Tilt or Bluebird. Have not tried Mora; the gelataria place in Ballard is good.

                                          As for the top 30 list, aside from MM I've tried Bi-Rite (SF) and Il Gelato Di San Crispino in Rome. Bi-Rite is better than those in SEA I've tried, but not by that far. San Crispino and 6-8 other places in Italy I tried (can't remember any names or other details) are superior to any in US that I have had.

                                          1. re: equinoise

                                            I believe Snoqualmie does customize their bases to clients' needs.

                                            I just got back from Italy. I'll admit that I pretty much never go out for ice cream here, but I ate a lot of gelato there, and San Crispino was fantastic, as were a few others. I could go try Molly Moon to compare, but I need to work on fitting into my summer pants. And I didn't believe the hype to begin with. :)

                                  2. +1 for Mora and shout out to Olympic Mountain Ice cream...such good stuff and no one ever talks about them~! :) will def have to make it out to the custard places when it warms up!

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                                    1. re: roolala

                                      OLYMPIC MOUNTAIN!!! shout out to you for mentioning it and a big thumbs down for me not even thinking about it. it really is a 1a & 1b situation with mora and olympic. i try not to miss a chance to order it in a restaurant or pick some up when anywhere near hunters trees/store in union. look it up if you are ever over that way.
                                      ps-the website says they will soon have pints in selected stores. hooray!!! stay tuned.