Basil Lime Sorbet, Desert Honey, Cashew Turtle, Brownie Swirl and Honey Blue Cheese are just some of the insanely good flavors offered up at Sweet Republic, an artsan ice cream shop in North Scottsdale. The creative flavors are said to be “a combination of both (owner’s) worldwide travels”, but that’s not the only thing that impresses me when I visit. I am always impressed with the quality of the ice cream and sorbets. You can literally taste each ingredient they include in a scoop, such as the Honey Blue Cheese flavor which includes local honey mixed with savory blue cheese. Sounds weird huh? Try some (they give you tastes of whatever you want to try first) and thank me later.
On this visit I brought along the family who had just come from a large dinner at Ajo Al’s and weren’t entirely sure about ice cream after such a big meal. Walking in, one of the first thing you see is a wall full of awards, including one when they were named Valley’s Best Ice Cream by the Phoenix New Times. I don’t blame them for putting that up though, because they only recently opened in the summer of 2008 and the food business ain’t easy. Before you start to even browse flavors or the menu, you’ll be greeted (most likely by one of the owners) who are happy to explain their fun food concepts. My family split up at once and started shouting at each other about what strange flavors they were looking at. It was fun before we even started to eat, and that in my mind is half the battle won.
I chose to go with Brownie Swirl (pictured at top) and it was delicious. Chunks of fudge brownie and swirled chocolate mixed with vanilla ice cream stopped me in my tracks after I had sampled 3 flavors already. This sample had a rich flavor but not so rich that you couldn’t stomach it, and the owner cleverly put a large chunk of brownie on top of the little spoon which convinced me I was getting more ice cream for my dollar. Others in my family went with flavors like Coconut sorbet (light but full of flavor) and Real Mint Chip. Once we all sat down, everyone was excitedly talking around the table about what they had ordered. Arms were reaching across the table trying to give others a taste of their pick. I finished mine however before anyone had realized they hadn’t tried mine yet.
Ice cream aside, Sweet Republic serves some great drinks as well as cakes (usually for groups). One item in particular is on my radar for next time: the Black Cow, a double scoop of vanilla bean ice cream in a Mexican cane sugar cola (aka Instant Diabetes!). I also hear their ice cream sandwiches are something that shouldn’t go untested. Hopefully I’ve inspired you to visit and you can let me know!
Tip: They will have a food truck at the Old Town Farmer’s Market starting October 23rd in case the drive is too far for you.
9160 E. Shea Blvd #105
Scottsdale, AZ 85260