Category Archives: ice cream treats

Cero’s celebrates move anniversary with ice cream social

Cero's mint chocolate chip ice cream

Cero’s mint chocolate chip ice cream

A year ago, local chocolatier Cero’s Candies moved from 1108 E. Douglas to its new location at 3429 E. Douglas. On Friday, it will celebrate the anniversary of the move with an event that will include discounted ice cream, live music, prizes and games for kids.

It’s from 6 to 8 p.m., and Cero’s will serve scoops of its store-made vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, coffee, cinnamon, banana and strawberry sorbet ice cream for $1.50 a scoop. The store also will serve lemonade and limeade.

Local musician Terry Harrison of the band Front Porch Blues will perform, and kids can participate in bean bag tosses and more. Admission is free.

For more information, call 316-264-5002.

Donuts a la mode? Donut Whole adds ice cream to offerings

A Donut Whole doughnut serve a la mode.

A Donut Whole doughnut serve a la mode.

The Donut Whole at 1720 E. Douglas is known for its colorful and crazy donuts, from maple bacon to fruity-pebble covered. Earlier this week, owners Michael Carmody and Angela Mallory added a new dimension to the 5-year-old business: ice cream.

Customers now can get the Donut Whole’s donuts topped or sandwiched with chocolate or vanilla ice cream made by Paleteria La Reyna, the Mexican ice cream shop and restaurant at 2925 Arkansas. The shop is serving donuts a la mode, doughnut sundaes doughnut ice cream sandwiches and ice cream mix-in treats.

The Donut Whole also can serve shakes mixed with any flavor of milk tea, smoothie and coffee syrup flavors it has on hand, offering possibilities such as a Thai tea milkshake, a coffee milkshake, a maple spice milkshake and more. For more information, call 316-262-3700.

Churn & Burn coming to Kellogg and Oliver

10371460_661909677221336_9184418168289900197_n (1)A new ice cream and coffee shop will be opening soon at Kellogg and Oliver.

Developer Christian Shomberg is planning to open Churn & Burn a strip center at 556 S. Oliver sometime this summer. It’ll specialize in fresh ice cream and coffee drinks and will be near the new Kwik Shop scheduled to open on the same corner later this year.

Shomberg is still putting finishing touches on the concept but promised to share more details soon.

Follow the progress on the shop’s Facebook page.

Freddy’s offering 89-cent custard scoops

The problem with this promotion is that I simply cannot leave Freddy’s with just a bowl of custard. If I’m in there, I gotta have a steak burger — and probably a side of those matchstick fries, too.

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But if you have more self control than I do, you’ll be able to use this news. To celebrate the 89th birthday of Freddy’s co-founder and namesake, Freddy Simon, the chain is offering 89-cent scoops of its frozen custard. The offer applies to either chocolate or vanilla custard in either a traditional cake cone or a dish. The deal is good from Friday through Feb. 27.

The restaurant also is asking fans to wish Freddy a happy birthday via social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  If you do, use the hashtag #happybirthdayfreddy

The flavors of fall are everywhere

Freddy’s pumpkin pie concrete recently made its glorious, fall return.

This pumpkin spice thing has gotten kind of crazy. If a fall fan wanted, she could dine on pumpkin flavored foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, and I’m okay with that.

This week, I decided to gather up a list of pumpkin, apple and caramel flavored foods that have appeared in ice cream stores, coffee shops and doughnut places during the past several weeks. I’m publishing the list in tomorrow’s Go! section, but you can see it now.

Did I miss anything particularly terrific? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll add it to the online story.

Free gelato for mug owners on Friday

If you’re out tromping around with the Final Friday crowds tomorrow, you can find some creamy, cold relief at Anna Murdoc’s Cafe.

The downtown coffee shop will be the site of   KMUW’s sixth annual Fill Your Mug event. Caffe Moderne, the creators of the best peanut butter/chocolate gelato I’ve ever tasted, is providing the gelato for

It lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Anna Murdoc’s, 209 E. William, and will offer a cupful of gelato to people who bring their KMUW mugs to the event.

Those who don’t have mugs can get a cup at the event, which also will feature music from Raging Sea and Aaron Newton.

Admission is free.

Food Network Magazine recognizes local ice cream shop

For the past several summers, Food Network Magazine has put out a “Fifty States” issue, which names the best of a certain dish in each of the 50 states.

Two summers ago, it was pizza, and Wichita Pizza Co’s taco pizza was named the best in Kansas. Last summer, the topic was sandwiches, and the banh mi at My Tho was the Kansas sandwich that made the list.

This summer, Food Network Magazine is listing the country’s best ice cream treats, and the issue on stands now names Paleteria La Reyna’s helado (Spanish for ice cream) the best in Kansas.

I love the ice cream there, which is creamier than standard ice cream. My favorite flavors are tequila (it really tastes like it), pine nut, pistachio and cookies and cream. My daughter loves the bubble gum flavor, which she chews on for hours.

I also love the rest of the menu at Paleteria La Reyna, which serves up some of the best tacos, tortas and chips and salsa in town.

For more information, visit the restaurant at 2925 N. Arkansas or call 316-831-9196.

Salted Creamery a new ice cream vendor

Salted Creamery’s “Rum Amok”

About a year ago, Holly Nickel and Kendra Burkey started discussing dreams to open a business together.

Now, they’re driving all over the area, serving up their homemade artisanal ice cream made with natural, local ingredients.

Salted Creamery is an “ice cream delivery company” that the friends officially got started this spring. The business is based in Newton, and the owners deliver their ice cream by the pint ($5) or quart ($10) in the Newton area. They’ll also deliver to Wichita, but only if someone orders five pints or more.

They also regularly frequent the Old Town Farmers’ Market, where they sell their ice cream by the quart. They’ll be there from 8 a.m. to noon the Saturday after this one — on June 15. Those who travel to Hesston can buy the ice cream by the scoop at Nickels coffee shop, called Lincoln Perk, which is at 709 E. Lincoln Blvd. in Hesston.

The partners make lots of interesting flavors of ice cream, included salted caramel, chocolate truffle and strawberry cheesecake. They also make a killer vanilla, Burkey said.

Burkey and Nickel

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Burkey said of the business. “I thought by now I would get sick of making ice cream, but I love it. I love all the endless combinations.”

People who want to keep up with the business and find out which flavors they’re making (about five a week) should follow the Salted Creamery Facebook page.

College Hill Creamery opening soon in Clifton Square

College Hill Creamery will open next month at 3700 E Douglas, in the spot in Clifton Square that formerly housed Mend Physio Therapy.

College Hill Creamery will open soon in this spot in Clifton Square.

The ice cream shop will serve 24 flavors of ice cream and is owned by College Hill resident Caleb Shannon. He has a different day job and his hired a manager to run the day-to-day of the business, which will specialize in hand-dipped cones fitted with giant malt balls in the bottom to prevent leaks.

The shop will open at noon on June 1.

Shannon got the idea to open the shop when he noticed that College Hill was lacking in ice cream options.

“My niece and nephew were in town about six months ago, and we couldn’t find anything in that area other than chain places,” he said. “We decided that College Hill is that that kind of neighborhood, with the parks and a pool, that would really be able to use more of a local ice cream store.”

Single scoop cones will be about $2.50 The store also will make ice cream sandwiches to order.

It’ll be open from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Just opened: La Reyna 2

As of Saturday, all of the ice cream goodness of Paleteria La Reyna — the ice cream and Mexican food place at 2925 N. Arkansas — is more accessible to west-siders.

Gabriela Velasquez, the daughter of Paleteria La Reyna’s owners, opened Hamburgesas y Helados: La Reyna 2, on Saturday. The restaurant is in the old Sonic building recently vacated by Sloppy Joe’s at  803 N. West St., which closed in January after six months in business.

It’ll be different from the original in that it will specialize in hamburgers and hot dogs, available topped with pico de gallo for a Mexican twist. It’ll also serve Paleteria La Reyna’s wonderful Mexican ice cream bars and homemade ice cream, of which I am a big fan.

There’s room for about 30 to sit inside.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Wednesdays, when the restaurant is closed.