69. Scoops x Contra Ice Cream Float at Scoops Ice Cream Santa Ana

Photo by Charles Lam
R+D made real!

Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily!

I'll be honest: I've never been one for any kind of ice cream float. The soda kinds always end up being too sweet and sticky and gross and the beer kinds are, well, I'd rather just have ice cream and beer, but the ice cream float I had at the Scoops Ice Cream OC grand opening a few weeks ago has turned me around.

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Afters Ice Cream's Irvine Location Will Be at.. Diamond Jamboree

Photo by Willie T
Feast your eyes

How much do you like crowds?

A little update to Anne Marie's story earlier this month. Thanks to an early publish on the Diamond Jamboree website, Afters Ice Cream's Irvine location has been revealed. The ice cream shop's third OC location will be at Diamond Jamboree in the city of Irvine, where it'll fit in just about perfectly.

Check after the jump for an approximate opening date.

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How Two Guys From Westminster Are Taking Over Dessert in Southern California

Willie T/OC Weekly
Weather can make or break an ice cream vendor's best-laid plans, and just after sunset on an unseasonably cool June evening is just about the last time you'd expect throngs of people to go out in search of cold food. Nonetheless, hundreds of people are crowding a tiny strip mall in Tustin just across the street from Gen Korean BBQ House on Newport Avenue. Their destination: an ice cream shop.

Multiple cars circle the parking lot, vying for one of the 80-something spaces, stalking people as they walk away from the thin line of shops. The drone of the crowd just a few dozen feet away is occasionally broken by revving engines from one of the multiple European sport cars in attendance.

After a few minutes, I finally find a spot on the very outskirts of the lot. When I reach the crowd gathered in front of the shop, one of the ice cream men, dressed in black Nikes, burgundy pants and a black T-shirt emblazoned with stark white, slender typeface, greets me warmly, gripping my hand. "Thanks for coming," says Andy Nguyen, smiling through every word. "There's some people you should meet."

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Yogurtland/Candy Crush Collaboration Means Sweet Treats

Anne Marie Panoringan
Crushing it!

Two great things that mesh well together include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and meatballs plus spaghetti. The awesome pairings continue this week, as a fro-yo giant joins forces with the app that won't stop sending us game requests. Yogurtland finds the gamer in all of us, encouraging eaters to play with their food to the theme of Candy Crush.

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Sweets News: Confetti Italian Ice, Creamistry And Afters Building Next OC Locations

Photo by Charisma Madarang
Opening closer than you think

If you thought speedy pizza was uber popular, you haven't been paying close enough attention to desserts. The cool stuff is marking its territory-- one brand at a time. Three Orange County originals are branching out a little further on home turf, and we're loving them all.

First up, the Costa Mesa treat that knows how to pair soft serve custards with Italian ice hits the Balboa Fun Zone this weekend. Confetti wants you to visit their sophomore spot over in Newport this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Save us some cookie butter!

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Godiva Reopens At South Coast Plaza

Anne Marie Panoringan
Yes, it's as good as it looks.

Less than a month ago, we walked into the previous Godiva location by Lawry's Carvery to indulge in some swirled dessert. It was then we learned of their impending move to the Bloomingdale's wing. Why would they relocate? In a word: Strategy.

Williams-Sonoma started the domino effect by relocating across the street and (finally) joining home furnishings relatives Macy*s, Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie, etc. Now that the chocolatier has moved over, this particular wing of South Coast Plaza received a luxury makeover. Roberto Cavalli is now open up there, and Dolce & Gabbana's new digs relaunched the same day as Godiva.

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Special Ice Cream Flavors at Strickland's This Week for Cinco De Mayo and Mother's Day

Edwin Goei
Just as good: cookies-n-cream.
Strickland's Ice Cream in Irvine can always be counted on to commemorate holidays with special flavors of ice cream. This week's two holidays are no exception. Today, for Cinco de Mayo, they're offering avocado ice cream. And on Sunday, they're churning rose ice cream for Mother's Day.

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Starting Today, You Can Get an Ice Cream Brrr-ito at Ben and Jerry's

Doesn't that kind of look like a Choco Taco?

I'm fairly certain that, after the Churro Ice Cream sandwich and the Milky Bun came out, my friends and I joked around about ice cream burritos. That was the only food delivery system that hadn't been kissed with ice cream, we thought. But who would dare?

Well, today's 4/20 and Ben and Jerry's dares.

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In the Truck with Drive Me Cookie's Kooky Doughmander-in-Chief

Courtesy Of: Drive Me Cookie
Now that's a sandwich

Southern California is the birthplace of food trucks serving everything from gourmet tacos, Asian-fusion, and grilled cheeses (we're responsible for both nouvelle and classic loncheras, after all). And while we all have different cuisines that excite our tastebuds, there's no more universal a love than for hot, right out of the oven cookies right at your fingertips. For those cravings, OC-based Drive Me Cookie is here to make your culinary dreams come true. We spoke to Kohlman Verheyen, Doughmander-in-Chief of Drive Me Cookie about what they're serving, the most disgusting cookie they've ever created and the future of the company.

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FroYo 5k Coming April 11 to Irvine!

FroYo5k Facebook
Will work for dessert!

A friend roped us into doing a race, but knew enough to make it worth our while. Orange County's leg of the FroYo 5k is a dash like no other, because you're guaranteed Yogurtland at the end of this road! What better way to kick off a Saturday than getting both exercise and dessert before lunchtime?

The sweet location is none other than Verizon Amphitheater, down the street from Irvine Spectrum. Each race location benefits a different charity. This time, 15% of gross profits goes towards the Mommy & Me Cancer Foundation: a group that provides support for mothers with cancer, raising children. If that doesn't compel you to put on sneakers and go, pretend there's bacon.

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