As of this writing, it is early August. The kids are back in school, many of the public pools have closed up shop for the week… But it is still plenty hot. So hot that thermometers regularly reach the low-to-mid 90s, which means there is still plenty of time to enjoy some ice cream!
So where is the best spot to grab a scoop? That decision is ultimately up to you, but here are some ideas to get your taste buds going. We will feature a mix of one-of-a-kind/local scoop shops as well as more familiar national chains.
In this post, we will focus on places where you can grab an actual scoop of ice cream. In future posts, we will highlight frozen popsicle, frozen yogurt, and gelato shops.
Located in Lowe Mille, Pizzelle’s Confections is well known for their handmade eclectic and artisanal chocolate truffles. However, they also make homemade ice cream!
On this particular day, we tried the peach cobbler on top of mint chocolate chip on a waffle cone.
There’s actual pie crust in the peach cobbler and the mint chocolate chip has actual chocolate chip morsels in it. We also need to point out that the waffle cone is one of a kind: It’s a homemade pizzelle, so after you finish the ice cream, you are treated to a crispy vanilla sugar cookie!
The ice cream costs $4 per scoop. If you are a Redstone Federal Credit Union member, your RFCU debit or credit card will get you a 10% off discount.
Pizzelle’s Confections address: 2211 Seminole Dr SW #4A, Huntsville, 35805
Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am – 6pm (Fridays through 8pm). Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Three Scoops is a one of a kind ice cream shop that was founded by a Huntsville native and his family. That means that when you visit Three Scoops, you are supporting a local small business in the Rocket City!
On this particular day, we enjoyed a scoop of “Intense Espresso” (their coffee flavor) on top with “Dulce de Leche” on the bottom. All together, it tastes like a frozen caramel macchiato, a delicious treat for someone jonesing for a java fix.
It should be noted that Three Scoops offers a “Krunch Time” Mondays through Fridays from 2pm to 5pm, which means you’ll get 10% off of your order. They also offer coffee and cartoons on Saturdays from 9am to 11am.
Three Scoops address: 6125 University Drive, Suite C10, Huntsville, AL 35806 (in the same shopping center as Cheddars and Phil Sandoval’s, located right next to 88 Buffet).
Hours: Sundays through Thursdays 11am – 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays through 10pm.
Admittedly, this scoop shop is only available within the perimeter of Point Mallard’s Waterpark, but if you do take your family to this summertime destination, know that their ice cream is top notch!
On this day, we enjoyed a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream on top of a scoop of plain chocolate in a waffle cone. The chocolate shavings were delicate yet chocolatey, and the mint was the perfect blend of pepperminty without being over powering. The chocolate was a nice, creamy experience. This is the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day by the Tennessee River before hopping back in the Wave Pool or Olympic Pool!
Point Mallard Waterpark has different operational hours based on the time of year and day of the week. Click here for the latest schedule.
NATIONAL CHAINS (THAT ARE STILL LOCALLY DELICIOUS)
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt stands can be found across the U.S., but there is only one location in the Huntsville area, and it is set up just outside of the Kroger on U.S. 72 near Jeff Road.
Even though Handel’s ice cream is known nationwide and can be shipped anywhere in the world, they make their ice cream and frozen treats fresh on site every day, year round. That means that every day of the year, you can walk right up and grab a scoop of ice cream from 11am to 10pm. And it’s not surprising to see 15-20 people line up outside on a hot summer evening… and even a small crowd in line on a cool spring afteroon!
On this particular summer day, it was 11am and already 86 degrees, which made ice cream for brunch all that much more delicious.
Our favorite is the Cinnamon Graham Cracker which has a ton of cinnamon flavor… And the graham crackers are like eating a Christmas cookie! The scoop of Coffee Chocolate Chip on the bottom is like eating a delicious frozen mocha.
We went sans waffle cone this time because Handel’s scoops out humongous portions in the waffle cones — we’re serious, you’re easily receiving a pint of ice cream when you order it in waffle cone! It’s the perfect size for sharing, but on this day, we were happy with a smaller portion.
Handel’s Address: 7086 Highway 72 W, Huntsville, AL 35806
Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm
Admittedly, when one half of LaunchPadHSV moved from the Atlanta area to the Rocket City, she missed the sweet and creamy flavors of Bruster’s Ice Cream. Thankfully, there are two locations in the Huntsville area: One that is closer to Madison and one that is located in Jones Valley.
There’s a reason why Bruster’s is so good: The Mint Chocolate Chip is very smooth, with dark chocolate chunks well distributed throughout the ice cream. The plain Chocolate also has a smooth yet strong chocolate flavor, but if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, get the Chocolate Mudslide which features a dark chocolate ice cream base with swirls of marshmallow, Oreo cookie and brownie bits mixed in.
Keep an eye on each location, since they are franchise-owned and so keep their own hours. Depending on demand, they also may run seasonal businesses and may close for the winter season.
Cecil Ashburn (Jones Valley) Location Hours: Daily 11am – 10pm (Fridays and Saturdays through 11pm)
County Line Road (Madison) Location Hours: Daily 12pm – 9pm