There are fewer pleasures in life year-round than indulging in a scoop of ice cream, but there’s something even sweeter when you’re having the cold treat in summer. Now one of Vancouver’s sweetest spots, Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar, is offering summertime customers an ever-changing range of wicked good housemade ice creams and sorbets.
Lisa Lou’s owner and chief treats-maker Lisa Gardin tells Daily Hive that it’s been her goal to run the shop as a chocolate-centric stop in the cooler months, and to be more of an ice cream spot in the summer. With a new scoop case that holds 12 flavours, Gardin and her staff are scooping from a rotating set of 10 ice creams and two vegan sorbets.
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The flavours switch up about every three days, and you can expect to see things like Toasted Coconut, Raspberry, Earl Grey, Malted Chocolate, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Sour Cherry Cheesecake. While you may instantly feel like a kid in a candy store when you’re eyeing the case, grown ups will love flavours like their Coffee-whiskey-fudge, or their vegan Strawberry Mojito sorbet.
You can definitely just go for the straight goods and get a scoop or two of what catches your fancy, but they also have delectable daily specials.
With 2-for-$9 pricing for each special (offered every day they’re open), this roster Gardin shared with us may help you decide what day to make your trip…or trips.
- Tart Tuesday– fresh baked tart with a scoop
- Waffle Wednesday– single scoop waffle cone
- Warm Brownie Thursday– fresh baked brownie and a scoop
- Float Friday– Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer or in-house cold brew (using AGRO Roasters Organic, Fair trade Sumatra) and a scoop or for something vegan and refreshing, Ginger Beer and sorbet float!
- Sandwich Saturday– our ever popular ice cream sandwiches
- Sundae Sunday– single scoop in a waffle bowl with a topping of your choice.
PS, when it comes to what to put on your sundae, Gardin says: “I always recommend the in-house hot fudge. I feel like I finally perfected the recipe!”
In fact, I couldn’t agree more. That drizzle of fudge on Earl Grey tucked into a freshly made waffle cone took my treat to the next level.
Even more tempting are the to-go containers for enjoying the ice cream at home. They have them pre-packed, or you can get one scooped with what’s in the case, for the same price. It’s 8 oz for $5 and 16 oz for $9.
But, yes, you will have to get your licks in while you can. Although summer is just getting underway, freshly scooped ice cream season at Lisa Lou’s won’t last forever, sad to say. Gardin says that come October the ice cream scoop cabinet will transform into their truffle case, though you will still be able to get ice cream sandwiches and takeout tubs then. PHEW.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver