It’s a good thing Oasis Ice Cream Parlor has a private seating area outside, because had I eaten my ice cream in front of anyone other than my husband, I would have seriously embarrassed myself. It’s really best that there were no witnesses to my toe-tapping happy dance and repeated exclamations (probably with my mouth full) that the ice cream was “So, so good.”
It really was.
I’d been meaning to check out Oasis since Darlene mentioned it to me months ago. She blogged about Oasis as well, giving the paletas rave reviews…and while the freezer full of Mexican-style popsicles looked tempting, I was all about the ice cream.
Oasis’ ice cream has a different texture than what I’m used to. It’s just as creamy as traditional ice cream, but it’s also a bit foamier — like a frozen, aerated mousse. I’d heard that the shop carries unusual flavors like corn and rice, but there wasn’t anything too crazy available when I visited (unless you count coconut).
After sampling a few of the full-on fruit sorbet flavors (which were refreshing and tasty), I settled on a scoop of Neapolitan and a scoop of chocolate chocolate chip, while my husband went right for the peanut butter (also with a scoop of chocolate chocolate chip). Both cups were just under $5, total.
I loved how the Neapolitan flavor was made with strawberry sorbet instead of strawberry ice cream. The ribbon of sorbet gave it a unique, slightly icier texture and really brought out the flavor of the fruit. It’s also a good option for the indecisive because you get strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla in one scoop, plus you get to sample the sorbet and the ice cream.
The chocolate chocolate chip was also delicious. I loved the crunchiness of the big pieces of chocolate, and how smooth and creamy it was. Peanut butter is also a great option. It was silky and rich, with just the right amount of peanut flavor. Is it possible to go wrong here? I doubt it, especially for $2.20 for a double scoop.
Oasis Ice Cream Parlor
1832 Coronado Ave.
Imperial Beach, CA 92154