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By the scoop: The best ice cream spots in town

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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 6:15 am

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are the top places to get ice cream in the Valley.

Sweet Republic

Sweet Republic has been recognized for their unique artisan ice cream by Sunset Magazine, Bon Appétit, the Food Network and many others. You can try their yummy flavors like blue cheese with Medjool dates, salted caramel or Guinness at their original Scottsdale location, in central Phoenix (coming soon) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Churn

This adorable ice cream parlor (5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix) is located next door to Windsor and serves up many delicious seasonal flavors like vanilla lemon and peanut butter. Our recommendation is to choose two cookies to go along with your favorite flavor of ice cream to make one delicious ice cream sandwich.

Melt

If you have a late-night ice cream craving, Melt is the place for you. Open until midnight daily and located just off Roosevelt Row next door to Jobot Coffee in downtown Phoenix, Melt serves locally made Udder Delights ice cream with flavors like licorice, sour apple, cotton candy and birthday cake.

Mary Coyle

For the classic ice parlor experience ,look no further than longtime Phoenix favorite Mary Coyle. With its pink-striped walls and good-time tunes, Mary Coyle (5521 N. Seventh Ave.) serves up your favorite ice cream parlor favorites like chocolate shakes and big-enough-to-share ice cream sundaes.

Udder Delights

This Gilbert ice cream shop (1385 E. Warner Road, Suite 103) is known for experimental flavors such potato chip and red-hot banana, but their traditional flavors are plentiful and delicious too. For a special treat, try the chocolate milkshake.

MacAlpine’s

Retro soda shop MacAlpine’s has all the retro ice cream treats you can dream of. Malts, shakes, sundaes, ice cream sodas and egg creams are all delicious at this vintage Phoenix spot (2303 N. Seventh St.).

Bertie’s of Arcadia

Half vintage women’s clothing store, half soda fountain, Bertie’s of Arcadia (4041 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix) has a fun retro vibe. Make sure to try to try one of their signature shakes like the PB and banana Elvis Presley.

Nami

Love ice cream, but maybe it doesn’t love you back? For a dairy-free treat, try a tSoynami at local vegan coffee shop/sweet stop, Nami. A tSoynami is similar to Dairy Queen’s Blizzard. Nami (2014 N. Seventh St., Phoenix) features over a dozen dairy-free and vegan flavors.

• Read more at TheHotSheetBlog.com, a source for Phoenix locals and visitors that sheds some light on all the fun things to do in the greater Phoenix area.

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