Lottie's Creamery opened up this past year to rave reviews, and the SCOOP Blog team quickly dispatched to investigate what makes this shop so special. Lottie's is located in the posh suburb of Walnut Creek, in the East Bay, and was founded by Deb Phillips and Cesar Angobaldo. Deb is the brainchild behind the delicious scoops at Lottie's, having learned the craft from a two year stint at Ici Ice Cream, in Berkeley. Luckily for the SCOOP team, Lottie's scoops are much tastier than Ici's, which makes a special trip from San Francisco well worth it.
The secret to Lottie's great flavors is their pasteurizer. In California, it's typically illegal to make your own ice cream base. Every ice cream shop uses the same pre-made base from the same dairy farms. But following in the spirit of Penny Ice Creamery in Santa Cruz, Lottie's has found a clever way around this restriction. By purchasing its own pasteurizer and opening itself up to regular inspection, Lottie's is able to source its own milk and create its own, unique base. This gives their ice cream a unique richness and texture that easily sets it apart from the competition.
The SCOOP team thoroughly enjoyed Lottie's, and noted their creamy texture and intense, balanced flavors. A few of the scoops we tried were slightly grainy, but this was the exception and not the rule. Because Lottie's makes a unique base that best matches each flavor, the density of the different options varies significantly, meaning that no matter what your preference, there is probably a scoop whose texture will be right for you.
We really liked the ice cream and atmosphere at Lottie's. SCOOP Blog could tell that it was run by true ice cream lovers, which makes a tremendous difference in the experience. We can't wait to try more soon!
Flavor Tasting Notes
Fresh, delicious banana flavor. Dense and smooth. Somewhat astringent aftertaste that means the bananas could have probably been roasted a little longer.
We loved the real mint flavor. Good chocolate base, too. Lottie's spared no expense in this flavor, and used premium Tcho chocolate for the base.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Good, smooth, fairly balanced flavor. Strong, deep coffee flavor, with a touch of saltiness. We liked this better than Humphry Slocombe's version of Blue Bottle Coffee.
Real vanilla bean bits in the mix. Balanced, deliciously clean flavor. Not as dense as other ice creams at Lottie's.
Uses premium Tcho chocolate, which gives this scoop a tasty, complex flavor. Slightly grainy.
This flavor has a real kick. Good balanced cinnamon flavor, with specks of cinnamon throughout. The pepper doesn't taste like smokey chipotle, an comes off closer to Cayenne in flavor.
Lottie's Creamery1414 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596