Top 4 'Momma-Pleeease-I-Need' Ice Creams
Written by: Violet Myers
We’ve been awfully good recently. We went to the gym a couple of times, barely started a single riot and that wine bar didn’t even press charges. I think we’ve earned a little treat…
What better way to reward that rather angelic behaviour than with a scoop and a half of life’s greatest miracle; the great British ice cream. Ok, so these godly creations probably originated in China and certainly made their way to us via Italy (hello gelato!) but, like many of our traditions, we reserve the right to claim it as our own – as is the British way.
The weather may be as warm as Hillary Clinton and as untrustworthy as Bill, but we’ve found North London’s top scoops to turn your summer up to eleven.
Ruby Violet’s Rainbow Masterpiece
Handmade Alfonso mango, damson and sour cream ice cream with blackcurrant sorbet and a homemade wafer.
What’s the scoop?: Having just opened their second branch in King’s Cross, the gourmet ice cream shop is keeping North London cooler than being cool. Reppin the N LDN flag hard and making dessert the main event. Lunch? Who needs lunch?
Baby what’s yo flava?: With weekly changing specials, from the ‘la-di-da’ Masala Chai to the ‘alright luv, pass us a Hobnob’ Raspberry Ripple, it’s quite the flavour rainbow.
Cone here often? Often seen as the overlooked Garfunkel in the relationship, the cone is an essential and supportive element to the ice-cream eating experience. Ruby Violet’s are crunchy, sturdy and kept our messy selves drip free.
Sweet as… Pandas in a playground, aww.
Pizzeria Pappagone’s Classic Cone
Strawberry and vanilla ice cream served in a waffle cone.
What’s the scoop? Part of one of Finsbury Park’s most popular Italian eateries and served, as all the best food is, through a hatch, Pizzeria Pappagone’s is this list’s wildcard. It’s ‘no frills all flavour’ approach has made it a worthy contender.
Baby what’s your flava?: Keeping it more on the classic side of the tracks, Pizzeria Pappagone opt for more traditional flavours, but dips its toe in the waters of peculiar with coconut and Ferrero Rocher.
Cone here often?: Oh we sure could waffle on about the delights of this cone… but instead, we’ll just say oh boy! Best of the bunch!
Sweet as… Cheryl Cole at a court hearing. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, nothing wrong with this classic cone.
Udderlicious’ Indulgent Feast
Homemade dark chocolate and honeycomb ice cream with real honeycomb pieces in a waffle cone.
What’s the scoop?: Tiny Islington shop Udderlicious is owned by happy couple Mr and Mrs Raj and just like them, it’s a-freaking-dorable. We’re talking rainbows, bubblegum, Charlie bit my finger style cuteness.
Baby what’s your flava?: With a smorgasbord of incredible flavours and an online voting system for upcoming treats, it’s a democratic dessert utopia.
Cone here often?: Doing this monster of an ice cream proud, this crunchy bad boy keeps both scoops looking sharp and safe from drips.
Sweet as… The booze selection at a year 9 house party. Crunchy, sugary honeycomb offset with bitter dark chocolate, piss off Mini Milk you have been officially replaced.
Amorino Islington’s Blossoming Beauty
Homemade Armenia cherry, Equador dark chocolate, and tangy raspberry ice cream served in a crunchy waffle cone.
What’s the scoop?: Amorino is known for their stylish desserts, lush Italian flavours and their ability to shape ice cream into the shape of A FRICKIN’ FLOWER! It truly is a work of art, we don’t know whether to eat it or paste an inspiring quote across it and stick it on Tumblr.
Baby what’s your flava?: From tropical Indian mango to decadent tiramisu, the Italian kings of ice cream are ticking all the right boxes.
Cone here often?: That is one long cone! Kept us crunching long after the ice cream had been devoured.
Sweet as… Tom Hardy’s right butt cheek. Hold me back!
Photographs: Mike Ashdown @commodorashdown
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