McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
Originally hailing from Santa Barbara, this cult creamery has been serving up mouthwatering ice cream since 1949. Their LA outpost doesn’t disappoint, using locally sourced ingredients and homemade syrups to create imaginative flavors like Churros con Leche, Black Coffee Chip, and Eureka Lemon. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, so there’s no need to feel guilty when you’re perusing Grand Central Market and your sweet tooth kicks in. Go ahead and indulge.
The dish: Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Santa Barbara-based scoop shop McConnell’s limited-edition pie is back by popular demand—featuring its signature pumpkin ice cream loaded into a scrumptious brown butter shortbread cookie crust, drizzled with salted caramel sauce, and studded with sweet pecan pralines. The star of this 11-inch pie is the creamery’s seasonal flavor—a puree of roasted pumpkin accented with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice, then stirred into California Central Coast grass-fed milk and cream. With deep molasses undertones and a velvety mouthfeel, this cold, creamy pie is just the antidote you need after a heavy turkey dinner.
How to order: Walk in, call your local scoop shop, or order online for pickup starting November 21, while supplies last.
McConnell’s isn’t just an ice cream shop with cool flavors like Eureka Lemon and Marionberries—it’s an actual dairy located in downtown Santa Barbara that’s been around for decades. Instead of slapping its brand on an outside manufacturer’s ice cream, McConnell’s makes everything from scratch, using grass-grazed Central Coast milk and cream and working exclusively with local farms. The family behind McConnell’s, now in its third generation of ownership, is obsessed with creating perfectly balanced scoops; the higher percentage of milkfat and lower percentage of overrun (the amount of air pushed into the ice cream as it’s made) results in a magnificently creamy product. Flavors run the gamut, from classics with a twist (Sea Salt Cream & Cookies!) to the deliciously creative (Honey & Cornbread Cookies!) with new flavors launching seasonally. Starting July 8, McConnell’s will release its Vacation A La Mode series of boozy, rum-infused scoops, ranging from Espresso Rumtini & Macadamia Nuts to Strawberry Daiquiri Sorbet. Not local? This summer-ready bundle of five pints even ships nationwide.