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Jun 12, 2014 11:01 AM

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:

        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:

                  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.