Pumphouse Creamery is known for two things: natural ice cream made from ingredients from local organic farms and their homebrewed sodas named after their favorite dog. Introducing Jake Dog sodas.
The best word to describe Pumphouse Creamery is refreshing. Refreshing because they pride themselves on clean and organic flavors. Refreshing for me because they had 20 flavors to choose from instead of 50. Refreshing because they don’t use artificial flavors or coloring.
Picture a small shoppe that would fit perfectly on the streets of New York City and you can picture Pumphouse Creamery’s atmosphere. However, being located in Minnesota gives this sweet shoppe a Scandinavian essence. Bright colors, high ceiling, big windows.
I was not exaggerating when I stated the shoppe was small. Room for one table and a window seat. A window seat that is big enough for my tall 7 year old to lay out on when she isn’t feeling well.
Here was the description of the flavors for the day.
The flavors tasted by the Ice Cream Testers:
Mint Cookies and Cream: delicious and accidentally dropped on the floor. They gave Dash another scoop with no questions asked. This ice cream is the color of vanilla, but don’t worry, it’s still minty.
Local Red Raspberry: How can this be anything by amazing!
Butter Pecan: Princess Pea’s new favorite flavor.
Chocolate: JackJack didn’t want to share this.
Cookies and Cream : Wordgirl tried this one, but she couldn’t finish it because her tummy hurt. And since she wasn’t feeling good, I didn’t want to eat the remaining almost full cone available.
Salty Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Salty Chocolate Caramel Nougat (try ordering THAT 5 times fast): This flavor was amazing! Ab.so.lute.ly amazing. I honestly didn’t think I would like it at first, but after I tried it, I HAD to order it. At first I was torn because I always get something with chocolate in it and I didn’t think it had chocolate, but upon further exploration, I realized that, “yes, there was chocolate,” and “no, I didn’t have to continue to decide.”
flavor tried: chocolate hazelnut–a light chocolate flavor, but delicious.
(our wonderful Aunt Sandy joined us for a delightful afternoon and therefore, we tried 6 flavors instead of our normal 5 or less)
This is the list of treats you can order:
All their cones come in their handmade waffle cones. 1 scoop, 2 scoop, kiddie scoop–all of it comes in their own cones. And they are delicious. Honestly, I am kind of a picky waffle cone person. I’d much rather have a sugar or cake cone. But their waffle cones were strong enough to take the weight of the ice cream without being gigantically huge. The one drawback is that they have a hole in the bottom (like most waffle cones) and they don’t block it. Once the ice cream starts melting, it’s a race to see who will win–you or the cone.
Lastly, I wanted to point out how amazing our service was from the lone teenager taking care of the front of the shoppe. He was welcoming and friendly and had a smile on his face the whole time. His demeanor, too, was refreshing! Politeness and kindness go a long way.
If you want a unique ice cream experience, I highly recommend Pumphouse Creamery. I was thrilled with our experience.
4754 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407