Sweet Mile High Escapes: Denver’s Favorite Gelato Flavors and Combinations

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You have always loved ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, soft serve, ice cream cakes, frozen yogurt, and every other chilled dessert you could get your hands on. If you haven’t already, you need to sample what is arguably the best frozen dessert on the market: gelato.

At I Scream Gelato, we offer a wide selection of unique and classic flavor combinations that you simply cannot find at your local ice cream shop. Ready to sample some gelato that you will swear is better than even the best ice cream out there? Check out I Scream Gelato to discover for yourself why the gelato craze is sweeping the nation.

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With a thicker, creamier texture than ice cream, our vanilla gelatos will amaze you

The Creamy Classics: Denver’s Beloved Traditional Gelato Flavors

The ice cream created at a classic ice cream shop contains a combination of cream, sugar, and eggs or egg yolks. It is churned at a higher speed, which is why ice cream is fluffy and airy. Gelato, on the other hand, is decadent and thick. This is because gelato, which is crafted with milk and sugar, is creamy and dense.

Traditional ice cream and traditional gelato are available in several classic flavors, including vanilla, lemon, and coffee. This classic ice cream shop and gelato flavors are an excellent option for your next trip to Denver. If you have kids, you can substitute ice cream for gelato to craft banana splits or let them enjoy a single scoop of gelato in a waffle cone.

If you are a diehard chocolate ice cream fan, you need to do yourself a favor and sample the chocolate gelato at I Scream Gelato. Our Denver gelateria is well-stocked with a wide variety of classic, traditional flavors that most people cannot resist.

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Explore the plethora of flavors that await you at our gelaterie

Elevating the Ordinary: Unique Gelato Flavors Found in Denver

Ready to take a walk on the wilder side? Are you tired of boring, bland vanilla ice cream and want to try some unique and unforgettable flavors of gelato that will definitely please your palate? At I Scream Gelato, we have a wide variety of rotating flavors of gelato that we guarantee will inspire you to make the switch permanently to gelatos from ice creams.

Sweet and Salty: Exploring Salted Caramel Gelato

Salted caramel is one of the hottest flavor combinations of the last few years, which is the ideal combination of sweet and salty that will satisfy all your taste buds. Several high-end gelato and ice cream makers sell salted caramel sauce and salted caramel desserts, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

However, if you want the best scoop of salted caramel gelato or ice cream that you will ever have in your life, look no further than I Scream Gelato. Step up to our walk-up window and order a scoop – or two – of salted caramel gealto. This sweet and salty treat pairs well with a waffle cone or on top of a stack of pancakes.

A Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Dark Chocolate Gelato in the Mile High City

Chocolate gelato is a classic option, but you want to sample something a little more sophisticated. Dark chocolate is made by combining milk, sugar, chocolate liquor, and cocoa powder. What makes dark chocolate different is the higher amount of cocoa powder. This gives dark chocolate its rich, bitter, and almost fruity taste.

Because gelato is creamier and denser than ice cream, dark chocolate is the ideal flavor to incorporate into gelato. Dark chocolate gelato is the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth during your Mile High City Adventure.

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Mango is just one of the many summer fruit flavors available!

The Taste of Summer: Seasonal Gelato Flavors in Denver

Denver is known for its winter attractions, including ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding. However, if you genuinely want to experience everything Denver has to offer, visit this amazing city during the summer. While you are strolling through the Denver Botanic Gardens or before you explore the Denver State Capitol, grab a scoop of one of our seasonal flavors of gelato at I Scream Gelato.

Scooping Up Nutty Delights: Pistachio and Hazelnut Gelato

In the past, macadamia, peanut, and black walnuts have always been popular ice cream and gelato flavors – and for a good reason. If you want to sample something new that is perfect on a hot summer day, try a pistachio brittle or hazelnut gelato. Both pistachios and hazelnuts add the ideal crunchy texture without overpowering the other flavors in your gelato.

If you simply can’t decide on just one flavor to pair with either hazelnut or pistachio, consider a combination of Nutella Oreo and pistachio. Want to make this combination of sweet treats even better? Don’t forget the hot fudge and whipped cream!

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Strawberry hits the spot every time!

Fruity Sensations: Denver’s Love for Fruit-Based Gelato Flavors

Strawberry, lemon, raspberry, and orange creams are a few of the classic flavors of fruity gelato. At I Scream Gelato, we handcraft our gelatos with fresh fruit and other high-quality ingredients. You can even take the experience up a notch and create a unique, sweet treat by combining pop tarts, fruit loops, fruity pebbles, orange creamsicle, or other sugary treats with your fruit-flavored gelato.

Fruit gelato also pairs amazingly with chocolate. For example, chocolate orange is one of the most popular flavors of gelato in gelaterias across the world and in Denver. I Scream Gelato also offers a wide variety of other fruity flavors of gelato, including vanilla cherry, key lime pie, banana, banana chocolate, cherry mania, and caramel orange.

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Mix and Match: discover wonderful and new taste combinations!

A Match Made in Heaven: Pairing Gelato Flavors for the Ultimate Experience

The best thing about gelato is that you can create unique, one-of-a-kind, and off-the-wall flavor combinations that, on paper, shouldn’t work. If you are feeling adventurous, stop into I Scream Gelato, and we can help you craft the perfect bowl or cone of gelato. For example, if you want to create an ideal balance of sweet and salty, try a scoop of cotton candy and a scoop of Nutella Oreo in a pretzel cone.

Our New Lemon Crunch Cookie is another must-try flavor that will pair with any number of other gelato flavors or other toppings. A Mexican chocolate sauce drizzle over a classic scoop of vanilla gelato is another excellent way to cool down on a hot Mile High City day. No matter how traditional or far out your tastes, at I Scream Gelato, you are guaranteed to find several delicious flavors of gelato that will put a smile on your face.

The Art of Crafting the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich

A classic ice cream sandwich features a layer of vanilla ice cream between two sandwich cookies. These cookies could be pure chocolate, chocolate chip cookie, or even peanut butter cookie. Instead of using an ice cream base or homemade ice cream to create a classic ice cream sandwich, think outside the box and make an “ice cream” sandwich with gelato.

Delicious ice cream is excellent, but its fluffy, lighter texture isn’t actually the perfect filling for a dessert sandwich. Gelato, on the other hand, is much denser and firm, which provides more stability to your frozen sandwich.

If you want to tackle making gelato at home, make sure that you choose the best ingredients possible. Depending on the recipe, you will require whole milk, eggs or egg yolks, and granulated sugar. For best results, you should invest in an ice cream machine. The machine should feature a gelato setting because, traditionally, gelato is churned at a much slower rate than ice cream.

If this seems like a lot of work, you can always come to I Scream Gelato in Denver, Colorado, to purchase gelato to-go. We have three options available: small, medium, and large. We also serve a gelato cookie sandwich or our version of a “Gooey Cooie,” which is a scoop of gelato between two brioche buns.

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Pineapple and coconut will take you to the tropics instantly

Gelato Fusion: How Denver’s Shops Are Combining Flavors

Denver has always been known for its innovation. At I Scream Gelato, which is conveniently located in the heart of Denver, Colorado, we are crafting unique flavor combinations that the other guys simply wouldn’t attempt.

A Trip to the Tropics: Coconut and Pineapple Gelato Flavors

Let’s face it: It can be tricky to get through the winter in Denver. If you are dreaming of a warm tropical vacation, but work and the kids are keeping you stuck in Colorado, get a taste of the tropics by sampling the coconut and pineapple gelato available at I Scream Gelato.

These fresh flavors pair perfectly with smooth and creamy gelato. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can get a scoop of pineapple or coconut gelato with another flavor, including smoked s’mores, cinnamon roll, or even mint chocolate chip, to create your own signature combination.

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Drizzles and toppings add a touch of tasty decadence

The Perfect Pairing: Gelato and Toppings in Denver

Peanut butter and jelly. Spaghetti and meatballs. Burgers and fries. Some classic pairings never go out of style. Gelato and toppings are another fantastic combination that will elevate your frozen dessert to the next level. At I Scream Gelato, we offer a wide variety of toppings, drizzles, and syrups that will add a unique twist to your bowl or cone of gelato.

Denver’s Decadent Drizzles: Sauces to Enhance Your Gelato Experience

Are you ready to make a single scoop of vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry gelato even more special? Try out one – or two or three – of the wonderful toppings, specialty toppings, and syrups we have available at I Scream Gelato.

If you want to truly indulge your sweet tooth, add some chocolate chips, crushed Baby Ruth, Kit Kat, cookie dough, Reese’s Cups, Sour Patch, or gummy bears to your gelato. We offer more classic toppings, including sprinkles, toffee bits, crushed sandwich cookies, and chopped peanuts, almonds, or pecans, as well. A sticky syrup is always a great option too! We offer caramel sauce, white chocolate, classic chocolate, maple, and peanut butter drizzles.

Spicing It Up: Cinnamon and Cardamom-Infused Gelato Flavors

If you have always been a fan of cinnamon rolls and want to try something more exotic, ask for a cinnamon or cardamom-infused gelato from I Scream Gelato. Cardamom is an aromatic seed that originated in Southeast Asia. It has a flavor profile similar to ginger, making it the ideal flavor to combine with cinnamon. Nothing beats a scoop of cinnamon and cardamom ice cream on top of a matcha cone!

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Espresso-drowned dessert…need we say more?


Coffee Break Bliss: Denver’s Affogato Offerings

Italy is the birthplace of gelato, so it only makes sense that some of the top gelaterias throughout the world, including I Scream Gelato, would offer a wide variety of hot and iced coffees – and coffee-flavored gelato. Affogato, which is an Italian term for “drowned,” refers to a unique treat featuring gelato that is drenched or “drowned” with espresso.

A basic affogato is made from a single scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream combined with a single shot of espresso. You can make your own unique affogato by adding flavoring to the coffee or substituting vanilla gelato with another flavor, such as Coco Boom, Dulce De Leche, Mint chocolate chip, or salted Oreo.

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Catering to vegans and other dietary requirements

Vegan Delights: Dairy-Free Gelato Options in the Mile High City

In addition to our fantastic gelato, we also offer vegan options – including vegan gelato and vegan sorbet, in a wide variety of classic flavors, such as vegan chocolate, pistachio, mint, green apple, and even watermelon. Once again, traditional gelato and traditional ice cream are made with dairy-based products, including milk or heavy cream.

To craft a vegan ice cream or vegan gelato, a non-dairy ingredient is used, such as soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. There are also no egg products, including egg yolks, in vegan gelato, as well.

Several other ice cream shops and gelaterias in the Denver area and throughout the United States do not offer vegan options. At I Scream Gelato, we are proud to serve our delicious non-dairy products to our wonderful vegan customers.

The origins of gelato can be traced back to 16th century Florence, Italy

A World of Flavor: International Gelato Inspirations in Denver

Gelato was invented in Italy during the 16th century. From there, it quickly spread across the globe, including the United States, and gelato makers from all corners of the earth have put their own spin on classic gelato flavors. You might even be truly surprised to learn that gelato didn’t come to the United States until 1770, or a mere 33 years after ice cream was first mentioned in America’s history books.

Pistachio originates from the Middle East, and although many associate cotton candy with America, spun sugar was actually invented in Europe by dentist William Morrison! Stracciatella, which is another uniquely Italian dessert, is similar to chocolate chip ice cream but with a unique twist.

Instead of mixing chocolate chips directly into the gelato, the artisan will actually delicately drizzle warm chocolate sauce over the freshly-crafted gelato. After a few minutes, the hardened chocolate is then carefully mixed into the gelato. The resulting Straccitella is a unique treat that you will tell all your friends about.

I Scream Gelato infuses several traditionally-Italian flavors into its gelato – including several flavors of Fior de Latte. Fior de Latte, which means “flower of milk,” is a special cheese made in the same style as mozzarella, but it tastes much sweeter. Don’t worry because our Fior de Latte is combined with various flavors, including caramel, cherry, whiskey cream, coffee and crystals, and crunchy chocolate.

It is incredibly tricky to create the perfect Fior de Latte, which is why it is only available at some gelato shops in the United States. If you want to try this genuinely Italian treat, stop into I Scream Gelato, where we have several unique flavors of Fior de Latte available for you to sample.

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Bubble waffles are rapidly becoming our favorite choice for customers

The Bubble Waffle: A Twist on a Classic American Dessert

Chances are you have enjoyed a scoop of ice cream or gelato on top of a pancake or traditional waffle. However, have you ever heard of a bubble waffle? Bubble waffles, which are otherwise known as egg waffles, egg puffs, or puffles, originated in Hong Kong during the 1950s.

A special waffle iron creates the signature bubbles. From there, the warm bubble waffle is rolled, and the gelato is artfully scooped inside. You can order one of our signature bubble waffles with a single flavor of gelato and up to three toppings at I Scream Gelato. If you would prefer, you can also have gelato served on top of a Belgian waffle or a stack of pancakes.

Scoops for the Young at Heart: Kid-Friendly Gelato Flavors in Denver

Kids and gelato go hand-in-hand. We have gelato flavors that will suit even the pickiest toddler or kid who will only eat cheddar goldfish or chicken nuggets. Your child will love a single scoop of vanilla gelato inside a traditional waffle cone. If your little one wants to try something new, they will love our candy bar-inspired flavors, including:

  • Reese’s
  • Snickers
  • Kit Kat
  • Kinder Bueno

Your older kids with a more refined palate will adore a more sophisticated scoop of cherry mania, salted butter caramel, mascarpone, Nutella, and butter pecan.

A Boozy Affair: Alcohol-Infused Gelato in Denver

You have definitely outgrown immature ice cream flavors and want to try gelato that has a kick. Alcohol-infused gelato is available and is the ideal way to top off a great meal at one of Denver’s fine dining restaurants. For example, you can combine vodka-infused gelato with coffee liquor and cream to create a Colorado White Russian.

You can take your favorite top-shelf liquor, including Jack Daniels or Tip Cup Whiskey, and infuse it into gelato, as well. Gelato’s denser consistency makes it a better option than ice cream for an alcohol infusion.

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Nothing caps off a date like a sweet treat!

Sweet Mile High Romance: Gelato Date Night Ideas

Gelato and romance go hand-in-hand, and if you want to create a one-of-a-kind romantic experience your partner or spouse won’t soon forget, you can start off at any one of Denver’s many restaurants or attractions and end the night at I Scream Gelato. Here are a few fun date night ideas that will spice up your love life:

  • Start Your Night at Union Lodge No. 1 or Bar Helix and end it at I Scream Gelato. There are several popular bars spread throughout Denver. When you are done enjoying a drink at Union Lodge No. 1, Williams & Graham, or one of the other top bars in Denver, head on over to I Scream Gelato to end your night on a sweeter note.
  • Enjoy a Steak at the Capital Grille. After indulging in a fat steak at Capital Grille, which is one of the top-rated restaurants in Denver, the last thing you want to do is end the evening with a heavy slice of cheesecake. Instead, hop in the car and visit I Scream Gelato for a light palate cleanser.
  • Take a Step Back to the 1950s. Phosphate sodas, sock hops, and poodle skirts were all the rage during the 1950s. Ice cream shops were also popular places for teenagers, but because you prefer gelato, why not add a stop of I Scream Gelato to your agenda? You can enjoy a scoop of pecan pie or peanut butter gelato before you dance the night away.
  • Stroll Through Confluence Park While You Enjoy a Scoop of Gelato. When it comes to planning the perfect romantic evening, nothing compares to a stroll through the park. You can make the night even more special by ending the evening at I Scream Gelato. Share a scoop of pannacotta or cheesecake gelato, or share an iced macchiato before you head home to the kids!
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Come visit us on N Quebec St

Gelato on the Go: I Scream Gelato Shop at Your Doorstep

Conveniently located at 63 N. Quebec St #109 in Denver, Colorado, I Scream Gelato is situated in a lively area near shopping, restaurants, and other attractions. If you can’t stop in and see us, we will gladly deliver our world-famous gelato to your doorstep – or hotel room. We offer several delivery options, including:

  • Doordash
  • Ubereats
  • Grubhub

In addition to delivery, we also offer several catering options in the Denver, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills, and Highland Ranch areas.

Hand-Crafted Gelato and Sorbet For Your Next Event

No matter what type of party or event you are planning, we can help you determine the ideal amount of gelato for the number of guests who are attending. Here is a handful of the events and gatherings that I Scream Gelato can cater:

  • Pool parties. Are you planning an end-of-the-summer bash or a pool party for your little one and all their friends? Why not sit back and let I Scream Gelato handle the treats for you?
  • Office parties. It is no secret that office parties can be tricky to plan. If you want to avoid throwing another cookie-cutter, boring party – look to I Scream Gelato to liven up your event.
  • Gender reveal parties. Are you having a boy or a girl? Nothing is more exciting than planning a gender reveal party, complete with mouth-watering gelato. We can provide you with classic blue and pink options that will allow you to relax, put your feet up, and enjoy an indulgent treat.
  • Weddings. Are you planning a 21st-century wedding, complete with scripted first dances and champagne towers? Why not make your wedding stand out from the rest by having a gelato bar? Your guests will love this one-of-a-kind spin on your wedding reception and will definitely want to incorporate this trend into their next event.
  • Birthdays. Whether you are celebrating your child’s first birthday or your parent is turning 80 – there is gelato for every occasion and birthday party. We can help you plan a fun and unique birthday party featuring hand-crafted gelato flavors that all your guests will remember.
  • Divorce parties. We can help you celebrate this next stage of your life with gelato. Gather your friends and family, find the perfect venue, and let us supply the gelato for your divorce party.

In addition to the gelato, we also offer toppings, syrups, and hand-crafted desserts.

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Like so many businesses, it’s our staff that make all the difference!

Ice Cream Shops in Denver: Little Man Ice Cream Vs. I Scream Gelato

From Nuggs Ice Cream and Liks Ice Cream to Sweet Action Ice Cream, Sweet Cow, High Point Creamery Hilltop, Ice Cream World, Ice Cream Flight, and Bonnie Brae Ice Cream, there are an endless number of ice cream parlors throughout the Denver area. One of the most popular is Little Man Ice Cream, which serves a great variety of ice cream flavors, including blackberry swirl, cherry, vanilla, and other classic flavors.

However, if you are a diehard Little Man Ice Cream fan, do yourself a favor and stop into I Scream Gelato to see what this fantastic boutique gelateria has to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are more flavors of gelato than ice cream flavors.

Additionally, because gelato is made with milk instead of heavy cream, it is far lower in fat and calories than traditional ice cream. I Scream Gelato also offers a broader selection of vegan options, which you simply won’t find in coolers of our competition or even on grocery store shelves.

However, what really makes I Scream Gelato so unique, and in our humble opinion much better than any ice cream parlor in the Denver area, is our amazing staff. At I Scream Gelato, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with a forgettable experience. Whether you stop at our location on Quebec Street or you have a pint of our Key Lime Pie delivered to your home, you will always enjoy quality gelato at a fantastic price.

Conclusion: Celebrating Denver’s Gelato Culture and Endless Flavor Possibilities

From its humble beginnings in Italy to its worldwide status as an unforgettable frozen treat, gelato is a one-of-a-kind treat that will never disappoint. If you are ready to see for yourself all the buzz surrounding gelato, the crew at I Scream Gelato is available to help you find your new favorite flavor of gelato.

If you prefer iced beverages, we have got you covered too. You can stop in and grab a milkshake, smoothie, nitro cold brew, iced chai latte, iced tea, or iced macchiato. In addition to our Denver, CO, location, we have other locations in Colorado and Florida where you can get your gelato fix. We are located in Breckenridge, COFrisco, CO, and Miami, FL.

Recent Reviews

persona karen cA Great Gelato Shop That Your Kids Will Love

“I have always loved gelato, and my favorite shop by far is I Scream Gelato. You can tell they only use wonderful fresh ingredients. My kids love their vanilla, and I can’t get enough of the mint chocolate chip.” – Karen C.

persona rick kI Will Never Forget the Vegan Chocolate Salted Oreo

“It is really hard to find vegan ice cream and vegan gelato, especially unique flavors. I am so glad I discovered I Scream Gelato. They have an extensive menu of vegan gelato that I simply can’t get enough of.” – Rick K.

persona darren aIf You Lve in the South Park Hill Neighborhood, Visit I Scream Gelato

“If you are ever in the Denver area, visit I Scream Gelato. I personally love the cherry mania, and my husband always walks out with a bubble waffle with cookies spicy cheesecake. A great place and great gelato.” – Darren A.

persona codyDelicious flavors and a great atmosphere

“I am a sucker for chocolate ice cream, but my friend kept telling me I had to try the chocolate gelato at I Scream Gelato. I fell in love with both the chocolate and the Oreo gelato. I Scream Gelato is the best gelato shop in Colorado.” – Cody B.

persona christy lI Love Getting My Weekly Delivery From I Scream Gelato

“Denver winters can be brutal, and sometimes it can be tricky to get a scoop of my favorite caramel vanilla from I Scream Gelato. I am so thankful that I Scream delivers. If you ever crave gelato but don’t want to leave the warmth of your home, I Scream Gelato has your back!” – Christy L.

persona mary sA Family Tradition That Will Continue for Years to Come

“My kids know that every Saturday after dinner, we will go to I Scream Gelato. My oldest son will always order two scoops of donut-flavored gelato, and my daughter loves chocolate pretzel. My personal favorite is the butter pecan. No matter what you want, you will find your favorite flavor at I Scream Gelato.” – Mary S.

persona emma lIncredible Gelato and an Amazing Staff

“I can’t say enough nice things about I Scream Gelato. They are great people and serve an amazing product. I would recommend I Scream Gelato to anyone who visits the Denver area.” – Emma L.

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