Tags: Carnac Food Adventures France
My memories of this place are crystal clear, so as I delved into the family photo albums to find some pictures, it came as quite a surprise to find that the last time we were there I was only twelve years old! That's me on the right up there with the brother on the left, both so happy to have finally been considered old enough to cope with the twelve scoop special!
So, what gives me the right to call this place the best ice cream parlor in the world? Let's start with the number of different ice cream flavours they have - over 170. Stop and think about that number for a second; one-hundred-and-seventy. That's a lot of flavors. I'm not sure if it still does, but at one point L'Igloo actually held the world record for the greatest number of different ice cream flavors available in one place.
Feeling like something a little traditional? They've obviously got chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Want something a bit more fruity? How about cherry, pineapple, banana, melon or kiwi. Something with more of a kick? Try the wine, whiskey or beer flavored ice creams. Or are you after the downright surreal? There's carrot, leek, potato or curry.
We actually tried the curry and potato ice creams once. Well, when I say we, I really mean my dad. He was the only one brave enough to actually order them, but we all had a little try. To be honest, they were both pretty good. Not sure I'd want a whole scoop to myself, but not as repulsive as you might think at first.
It's not only the number of flavours that make this place so amazing though, but the fact that they all tasted delicious. And the homemade cones, in different shapes and sizes, with different chocolate coatings. The range of sprinkles and sauces. The sweet shop on the side that sold every type of candy known to mankind. The stand making fresh cotton candy, with fluffy pink clouds bigger than your head.
The list of delights is endless, but I can't help but wonder if it is really as good as I remember or if I'm looking back with rose tinted glasses. I guess I'll have to go there again to find out!
Where is your favourite ice cream parlor?
PS. If you've got a sweet tooth you'll love this cheesecake story too.