Though most famous for writing Of Mice Cream and Men, renowned author and dairy expert Jim Steinbeck also penned the disturbing short story, "I Have No Mouth and Ice Must Cream," which inspired the Metallica song, "Trapped Under Ice Cream." Ponder the literary luminary's delicious obsession over a frozen scoop of your own with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream at Pumphouse Creamery in Field. Pumphouse Creamery was dubbed 2009 and 2010's Best Ice Cream Parlor by City Pages.
Whipping up delectable frozen desserts with top-notch ingredients and a heaping helping of smiley service, Pumphouse Creamery has been charmingly smearing the faces of adorable tikes and CEOs since 2003. Featuring all-natural treats composed of locally produced organic milk and cream in 20 different flavors, this abode of chilly delights cools fiery appetites without the hassle of chugging a gallon of penguin tears. Scoop-buttressing cones come crafted from a flavorsome and healthy mélange of local grains milled in Welcome, MN. Fill one up with a single ($3.50) or double ($4.90) scoop of sea-salt, caramel, and praline ice cream, or a tantalizing locally roasted pumpkin blend. Additionally, chimpanzees on first dates can share a banana sundae ($3.90–$5.50), and samba-dance instructors can follow up a sudorific workout with 16-ounce shakes ($4.80) in flavors like butterscotch and chocolate mint.
Ice cream is a versatile tool in one's arsenal of kitchen smarts and palate-pleasing tricks. It's the extra-special touch to any brownie, cake, or cobbler, and the thick life force of delicious shakes. Floating in soda or melting into the craggy surface of a gooey apple pie, ice cream selflessly plays the part of colorful sidekick. Generously heaped into a bowl or cone, this frozen superhero springs into action, satisfying sweet cravings and melting all over the tongues of injustice.
Citysearchers give Pumphouse Creamery five stars, and Yelpers give it four stars. Pumphouse Creamery won Best Ice Cream Parlor in 2009 and 2010 from City Pages. Take a look at what WCCO's Finding Minnesota says:
- Zapzalka makes the kind of ice cream she remembers as a kid. It's all home-made but it's more than that. It's homegrown. Pumphouse ice cream is all organic, all local, all year round…Zapzalka always has about 20 flavors to choose from, which can make choosing one a difficult task. So for your first visit there, you might want to consider a little piece of heaven called the five-scoop sampler. – WCCO Finding Minnesota
- The Twin Cities boast a wealth of good, independent ice cream shops, but this small, well-kept storefront takes top honors this year for its owner's zeal for local ingredients; its thick, super-rich ice cream made with organic dairy products; and its intriguing flavors. – City Pages
- This ice cream is the best I have had in years! But it's not just ice cream... they have shakes, malts, sundaes, 5 scoop samplers and hand packed pints and I believe quarts also. The owner and employees were very helpful, friendly and informative. You must try the sea salt pralin or chipotle chocolate. – vanessa05, Citysearch
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