Sunday, September 23, 2007

I Scream for Ice CreamLicketty Licks Shop 3, 372 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras.

It was a beautiful Saturday. The sun was out and not a cloud was to be seen in the sky. Without a doubt, my one really free Saturday would be wasted if I just sat at home infront of the tv whilst there were so many things going on this weekend. In Box Hill stalls were set up to celebrate the Moon Festival, in Mt Dandenong the annual tulip festival is on, and my other "to-do" list includes the Pixar exhibition at the NGV.

Michael suggested a drive up to Mt Dandenong in his beloved wife aka Integra. I suggested afternoon tea at Miss Marple's but, Miss Marple's being extremely popular, had a loooong waiting time. As soon as we walked out though, any disappointment disappeared as my ice cream radar worked overtime. I'd sniffed out a woman who was walking past with the last bit of her waffle cone.

A few shops down the road, there was an ice cream shop called Licketty Licks selling the "world's best". We stepped inside to find an extremely welcoming and friendly shop owner who immediately made us try 2 types of vanilla ice cream. One was of the Mototo dairy and gluten free variety which wasn't very sweet or tasty. The other was a rich and creamy vanilla ice cream that made my mouth go "oooo i want more!!".

We sampled a few other flavours such as orange and cardamon, lemon, and walnut and honey. For me, the walnut and honey was an instant winner! We ended up buying a double waffle cone with 4 different flavours. We picked the vanilla, lemon and walnut and honey from the ice cream fridge plus one scoop of tiramisu from the gelato fridge. All up we paid $5.20.

Why am I raving about this place? Well, everything was made with natural ingredients. You can actually see little flecks of black vanilla, pieces of walnut, bits of preserved lemon skin, and other real ingredients in the ice creams being sold.

Compared with other gelati/ice cream places in Melbourne, Licketty Licks is definitely going up on my ice cream list as one of the best. Personally, the quality of ice cream at Licketty Licks is better than my other favourite, Il Dolce Freddo on Lygon St who does great durian and pandan ice creams like no where else.
Apart from ice creams and gelati, Licketty Licks also makes hot chocolate and chai lattes and sells yummy looking Belgium chocolate truffles, organic pies, hot dogs and donuts.

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