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Mushroom Ice Cream at Cowlick's

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that we plan stops during our road trips to check out new-to-us ice cream shoppes. During this year's 10-day summer camping trip, we hit a handful of spots. At one of the stops, Jake asked me, "How do you find these places?" Mad skillz, Babe.


This one we've driven by for years as we venture south along the coast; but, we've never stopped. It just never worked out, schedule-wise, but when I noticed that they had mushroom ice cream, I was sold and planned to swing in there this time around.

Besides, last year, they were heralded as one of the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in America. “Located along the Pacific Coast, this family owned shop serves up 'absurdly good' ice cream and sources its dairy from local Petaluma cows...and those daring enough can devour the local favorite: 'Candy Cap Mushroom.'" Yes, I'm daring enough.


I've always wanted to try candy cap mushroom ice cream. Penny Ice Creamery has a version, but I always seem to miss that season. I'm pretty sure I squealed aloud when I saw that Cowlick's had it. The mom in line behind us, with her two kids, was reading off the flavors and said, "Mushroom?!? Yuck." Whereas I purposefully drove there because I saw mushroom on the menu. Different strokes, I suppose.


I didn't even look at the other flavors! The flavor wasn't overtly mushroom or even very savory. It reminded me of a strong, woodsy honey. Now, if I could get my hands on some candy caps, I'd try to make my own.

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