On my recent trip to Seattle a couple of weeks ago, I finally got a chance to check out the famous Molly Moon’s for homemade ice cream. Since its inception in 2008, Molly Moon’s has now expanded to four locations in addition to her mobile ice cream truck. We decided to hit the original location in the Seattle neighbourhood of Wallingford as we had just finished an early dinner at Delancey Pizzeria nearby.
The standard flavours at Molly Moon’s include Vanilla Bean, Theo Chocolate, Strawberry, Balsamic Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Stumptown Coffee, Maple Walnut, Scout Mint, Honey Lavender, and Earl Grey. For the seasonal flavours, they had the Sasquatch (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chunks, caramel swirl, and granola) and the Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar. Molly Moon’s pride themselves on using creamy dairy from hormone-free Western Washington cows along with seasonal, local, and, when available, organic fruits and spices to make their ice cream. After sample a bunch of the flavours, my friend C and I decided our favourites were the Stumptown Coffee and the Earl Grey. We decided to share a double scoop ($5) along with a waffle cone ($1). Since we were sharing, it was just easier to have the ice cream in a cup and the waffle cone on top.
As far as the ice cream was concerned, personally, I thought Molly Moon’s is a bit over-hyped as the ice cream tasted just ok. The salted caramel is a local favourite but I didn’t think it was nearly as good as the salted caramel from Bi Rite Creamery in San Francisco. The two flavours we chose, Stumptown Coffee and Earl Grey, were tasty and paired nicely together as a coffee-tea combination. But I didn’t think, overall, it had any wow factor. To my surprise, I found the texture of the ice cream to be a lot harder and not as rich and velvety as I would have expected. Nevertheless, I’m glad I got to try out their ice cream.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (Wallingford)
1622 1/2 N. 45th St