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The 5 Best Ice Cream Shops In NYC for Summer ‘16

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There is nothing quite like the sweet aroma of a New York ice cream shop. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a wave of milky goodness before you can close the door. Instead of ordering your typical vanilla bean ice cream cone, here are a few that we recommend for you to try this summer!


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Thai Tea Ice Cream Roll – 10Below  

Originating from Thailand, rolled ice cream might be the hottest frozen dessert of the summer. First and foremost, ice cream crafters pour milk and a couple ingredients of your choosing onto a cold plate. What happens afterwards is a spectacle to behold: the components are then chopped, smushed, laid out, and rolled into a creamy confection. The Thai tea rolled ice cream hits the sweet spot: the smooth texture matches well with its light and airy consistency.

Sweetist Tip: Oreos and a roasted marshmallow go perfectly with Thai ice cream!

Address: 10 Mott St


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DIY Ice Cream – Magnum 

Magnum has opened its divinely doors in SoHo! In addition to their signature chocolate flavor, Magnum differentiates from all the other ice cream shops with this special characteristic: customization. From rich ice cream flavors to decadent toppings to crunchy, creamy coatings, customers from all over the world have their eyes on this.

Sweetist Tip: you better get them quick – Magnum closes its NYC doors in August! You can’t find rose petals and goji berries in any ice cream bar.

Address: 134 Prince St  


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Ice Cream Sandwiches – Melt

Ever imagine a Good Humor ice cream sandwich on steroids? Well, you can find them in Melt. They have truly stepped up the ice cream sandwich game. One-upping the traditional ice cream sandwich, Melt uses soft cookies instead of chocolate wafers. It’s your provocative. Your choice for cookie and ice cream combinations are endless!

Sweetist Tip: you can’t leave the shop without trying out the red velvet cookie with vanilla ice cream!  

Address: 132 Orchard St


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Cereal Milk Soft Serve – Momofuku 

Who would have ever thought to have Frosted Flakes milk with a soft serve when we were younger? How can an ice cream be so light, yet so full of sugary goodness (with a sprinkle of Frosted Flakes)? Well, these ideas are brought to life at the magnificent Momofuku Milk Bar! This can be found in various locations throughout the city, where Momofuku’s classic creations are both parts unique and nostalgic.

Sweetist Tip: their sweet yet salty crack pie is the perfect complement for this sugary soft serve.

Address: 561 Columbus Ave


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Lychee Rose Ice Cream - Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 

when it comes to exotic Asian-themed flavors, the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is an ice cream connoisseur. From red bean to Zen butter, this petite mom-and-pop shop will have you wanting more. The rose lychee ice cream is the perfect fix for those with full stomachs from dinner and need a fragrant yet delicate dessert. The lychee on its own is rich and creamy, but the rose accent gives the ice cream a little tea taste.

Pro Tip: lychee rose not your thing? Other exclusive, Asian-themed flavors include: black sesame, almond cookie, Zen butter, and pandan.

Address: 65 Bayard St

Magnolia Celebrates Their 20th Birthday!!

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Magnolia Bakery will be celebrating their 20-year anniversary on Thursday, July 14, and we could not be more excited! From being a cozy corner store on Bleecker Street to being featured on popular shows like Sex and the City, to international expansion in countries like Dubai and Japan, Magnolia Bakery has gone far and beyond in the last two decades. So how is Magnolia celebrating the big 2-O? We got to sit down with the manager of the flagship store for exclusive details.

Byron has been working for Magnolia Bakery for 12 years, and his character is a testament to what the bakery stands for. He is a people person with a welcoming personality, regards his customers as clients, and greets everyone with a smile! 

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How do you feel about Magnolia becoming 20?

Byron: It’s amazing to see it grow! It really feels as if it were an actual 20-year-old person. We’ve been growing through the teenage years, slowly growing up, and figuring out how to be an adult company in a way. When I started working here 12 years ago, I never would have imagined having shops throughout the world. 

What are you doing for Magnolia’s 20th birthday?

Byron: So on July 14, we’ll be selling our classic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for $1.25 (max. 12) at our Bleecker Street location only. We’ll also be giving out our “Bake from Scratch” scratch cards at every location, where people can win cupcakes, cakes, and birthday party passes. We’ll also have limited edition T-shirts and pens, birthday bags containing a kit to build your own cupcake, and last but not least, we’ll be introducing the confetti cupcakes, confetti cookies, and confetti ice cream sandwich! They look as great as they taste.

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When’s the best time to visit the shop?

Byron: The morning is the best time to come, because it’s not too crazy and its not as busy as the rest of the day. 

So what do you love most about Magnolia?

Byron: Our best moments are definitely when someone walks in after a long day. There will be people who are crying, or even doctors who lost their patients. They’ll come in, get a cupcake, and smile. So what I love the most are the smiles. Oh, that and people propose here all the time!

What was your most memorable experience?

Byron: Filming the SNL video. It wasn’t planned or anything, and they were filming I was like, “Oh my gosh Andy Samberg is walking on the sidewalk.” That was crazy because a couple weeks later everyone was saying, “So... Do you mack on cupcakes?”

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Where do you see Magnolia in the next 20 years? 

Byron: Magnolia will continue on expanding. We already have several in the States, one in Tokyo, and not to mention Hawaii has a tiny café where you can just sit and get cupcakes. I just feel like sky’s the limit! So much is happening in your 20s, and the minute you say you know where you’re going, you change in the opposite direction. With that said, we still want to stay true to our brand, which is giving our customers the same nostalgic feeling of eating our delicious goods. In 20 years we’ll be all over the world. 

How has Magnolia maintained such a great reputation over 20 years?

Byron: Hard work and training from our staff. Everyone that comes through we make sure that they’re taught to learn the recipe. We’re constantly tasting and re-tasting. I tell people I walk in circles during my shift because I’m always checking. I like to make sure everything stays true to our core. 

Last but not least - what flavors would you recommend?

Byron: You have to try the chocolate chocolate - it is the richest, moistest cupcake I’ve ever had in my life. And also butter cream. If you make it from our cookbook recipe, put it in vanilla ice cream and mix it with some chocolate, its SO good. And also the hummingbird cupcake. People won’t leave the store without it! And when we’ve run out, they say they’ll just come back another time.  

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Thanks to Byron and the Magnolia Bakery’s staff, we got to try out some of the cupcakes. We personally vouch for the hummingbird cupcake: it is sweet, savory, and has the perfect frosting-to-cake ratio. Magnolia is celebrating their 20th anniversary and we are absolutely ecstatic. Here’s to another 20 years! 

A Taste of Home at Billy’s Bakery

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Over the past few years, Manhattanites have become increasingly obsessed with modernism and minimalism. With its bright lighting, cheerful yellow brick walls, and 1940s style decor, Billy’s Bakery is a refreshing contrast. 

Founded in 2003 by a pair of business school graduates with a sweet tooth, Billy’s has quickly become a staple in the New York bakery scene. They now have three Manhattan bakeries located in Chelsea, Tribeca, and The Plaza Food Hall.

It’s not only the atmosphere that evokes nostalgia. The menu, filled with classics like banana pudding and chocolate cake, is charmingly reminiscent of sweeter, simpler times. The mission of Billy’s Bakery is to bring their customers “back to a time when a bite of something sweet could make the world a little brighter.” If you have a taste for desserts with a homemade taste and beautiful presentation, then Billy’s Bakery deserves a spot on the top of your list.

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Even New Yorkers can’t resist a tried and true family recipe, especially when it comes to sweets. No matter how many times you try the desserts at Billy’s Bakery, they always taste so delicious it’s like you’ve never had them before. 

Take, for example, their Banana Cupcakes. Delightfully moist and tasty, these cupcakes are like a sweeter version of banana bread. Simple, but surprisingly difficult to master, the banana cupcake is a classic American dessert, with the added benefit of being healthier than most cupcakes—although you wouldn’t know it from the taste.

The most impressive thing about the cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery is their cream cheese icing, which is infinitely smooth and melty. Paired with the banana cupcake, made with buttermilk and fresh bananas, the results are absolutely dreamy.

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Aside from cupcakes, the folks at Billy’s Bakery are masters of delicious desserts for bigger occasions. What American birthday party is complete without the perfect cake?

The ideal cake is an elusive thing. A cake in its truest form should be fluffy, yet rich. Sweet, yet flavorful. Perhaps the biggest challenge of finding the perfect cake is choosing something that will please everyone. Billy’s Bakery has found the solution in their Famous Icebox Cake (pictured above), a sumptuous treat with fresh whipped cream (chocolate, peppermint, or vanilla) layered between chocolate wafer cookies—also available in cake cup form. The whipped cream adds a light, creamy texture to the decadent chocolatey taste, achieving the perfect balance of flavor.

Aside from their amazing desserts, the best thing about Billy’s Bakery is their warmth, kindness, and hospitality, an attitude that goes right into everything they bake. Billy’s Bakery is a cozy, friendly establishment, where all the employees are deeply passionate about amazing sweets.

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Sweetist is thrilled to be partnering with Billy’s Bakery to offer their amazing selection of desserts and baked goods for delivery. See the full menu on our website here. Whether you choose their red velvet cupcakes, banana pudding cups, or blueberry cheesecake, there’s really no way of going wrong.