If we all screamed at once for ice cream, the resulting sonic boom would destroy the sun, turning the entire solar system into a freezer in which we could store more ice cream. Warm up your shoutin’ muscles with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats at McConnell's Fine Ice Creams and Yogurts.
Inside their landmark shop, the McConnell family has churned up super-premium ice creams from fresh California cream for more than 60 years. Showcasing radiant smiles and gleaming, steely forearms, scoop masters top a crisp waffle cone ($4.25) with one of more than 100 creamy flavors, 15 of which are served on a rotating basis, including mint chocolate chip, Brazilian coffee chip, and the seasonal pumpkin. Fresh drifts of nonfat frozen yogurt descend daily from the shop's machine to form inventive swirls in more than 35 flavors, each boasting 13 calories per ounce. Frigid flavors such as cookies and cream or Coffee Royale fill a cavernous small cup ($3.75), and white-chocolate raspberry or peanut butter whip up the perfect storm in a thick shake ($7.25). Ambitious eaters can tackle the popular ice cream pie: up to three flavors of ice cream or frozen yogurt are sandwiched between hot fudge and whipped cream, and served on choice of two crusts ($24.95).
Light streams through the black-and-white parlor's big windows, illuminating a long counter housing deep reserves of sticky treats. Guests can soak up rays from wrought-iron furniture arrayed on the patio, absorb whispered sundae recipes emanating from the wall of celebrity photos, or learn about the six U.S. presidents who have enjoyed the frozen treats, including Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy.
201 W Mission St.
Santa Barbara, California 93101Get Directions