Good ice cream comes down to a few factors: lots of fat, and as little air as possible. Premium ice cream has about 10-15% fat, while Lappert’s has 16-18% fat. Sure, this makes the final product more calorie rich, but if you’re already making the drive out to Poway, you might as well indulge.
Flavor options include all of the established and “new classics” (chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, vanilla bean, mint chip) as well as tropical flavors like Kauai Pie (Kona coffee ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge, coconut, macadamia nuts and vanilla cake crunch), caramel or chocolate coconut macadamia nut, mango (half sorbet, half ice cream), Kahlua truffle, guava cheesecake, and coconut pineapple (to name a few).
The main thing I was looking forward to was the Dole Whip, which tastes exactly like pineapple soft serve. The frozen treat is made from dehydrated pineapples and is dairy-free. On the plus side, it’s fat free, but there is plenty of sugar. You can get a cup or cone of Dole Whip, or add a “shot” of it on top of your ice cream for $1.80.
After extensive sampling, we settled on a large cup (Kauai size) of chocolate coconut macadamia and Kauai Pie, and a small scoop of coconut pineapple with a shot of Dole Whip on top.
The high fat content of the ice cream made topping a small scoop with the light and refreshing Dole Whip just right. Given the intensity of the ice cream (and the large portion of Dole Whip on top), even the smallest size was more than enough to share.
As much as I liked the intensely indulgent ice cream, some flavors were so sweet that I couldn’t imagine eating an entire scoop. I suggest sampling everything before you buy, and downgrading your usual portion by at least one size. And by all means, add a shot of Dole Whip!
Lappert’s Ice Cream
12265 Scripps Poway Parkway