Seriously, what’s not to like about ice cream? And for anyone and everyone who has ever been to Glacier, what’s not to fall udderly, head-over-heels in love with? A Boulder County Gold winner for each of its 18 years in business and counting, Glacier Homemade Ice Cream has everything your heart could desire from the creamy, dreamy indulgence, including divine, coconut/almond-based vegan and paleo offerings the likes of Mexican Chocolate, Maple Pecan and more. Founder Mark Mallen’s focus is as much on premium quality as it is on supreme taste. “Our citrus is fresh-squeezed, and our paleo/vegan Glacier creams use coconut sugar instead of white,” he says. “We’re always experimenting and rolling out new flavors. Mallen’s dedication to creative innovation shows in every aspect, from the cheerfully decorated walls and unique kids-only zone to the dazzling choice, with 1,000, always hand-mixed flavors created to date. 4760 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303.499.4760; 3133 28th St., Boulder, 303.440.6542, glaciericecream.com.
Runner Up for Best Ice Cream: Sweet Cow, 2728 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.494.4268; 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269, sweetcowicecream.com.
Runner Up for Best Dessert: Sweet Cow, 2728 Broadway, Boulder, 303.447.3269; 669 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303.494.4268; 637 Front St., Louisville, 303.666.4269, sweetcowicecream.com.
Runner Up for Best Place to Entertain Kids: Community Park, Foothills Community Park, 800 Cherry Ave., Boulder; East Boulder Community Park, 5660 Sioux Drive, Boulder; Louisville Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville; Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St., Erie