Best ice cream

June 14, 2013 

DELSA'S ICE CREAM PARLOUR

7923 Ustick Road, Boise, 377-3700, facebook.com

Delsa's Ice Cream Parlour is one of those hidden treasures, even though it's far from secret: Delsa's is a regular winner in Best of Treasure Valley. Its hand-made ice cream harks back to a nostalgic era, and multiple generations have been raised making tough decisions at the freezer case.

Choose from 16 flavors that rotate among 68 different recipes. Don't worry, there's always chocolate and vanilla, strawberry and Rocky Road, huckleberry and sherbet. Some things never change, thank goodness.

"It's all about Don (Blele), the guy who owned it for 30 years," says current ice cream maker Nick West. "That place has a lot of history. It's really a magical little ice cream shop."

When West and co-owners Tom and Tiffany Cushing, of Capri Restaurant, bought the shop in 2009, Blele spent three months teaching West his recipes.

And the secret? It's in the cream. "Ice cream in the grocery store is 10 percent butterfat. Good ice cream is 12 percent." Delsa's is 14, West says.

Go ahead. Indulge.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• TCBY, 1790 W. State St., Boise, 384-0994, tcby.com

• Cold Stone Creamery, multiple locations, coldstonecreamery.com

• Goody's, 1502 N. 13th St., Boise, 367-0020, goodyssodafountain.com

• U-Swirl, multiple locations, u-swirl.com

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