Food & Drink

Two new ice cream shops open: one local, one Häagen-Dazs

The sweet buns at newly opened G’s Creamery at Bullard and West avenues are glazed donuts filled with ice cream. From top to bottom, the buns hold strawberries and cream; mint chip; and melted chocolate ice cream.
The sweet buns at newly opened G’s Creamery at Bullard and West avenues are glazed donuts filled with ice cream. From top to bottom, the buns hold strawberries and cream; mint chip; and melted chocolate ice cream. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

How does locally made organic strawberry ice cream nestled in a warm glazed doughnut sound?

Or the chance to choose from five types of chocolate ice cream?

You can get both of these now that two new ice cream shops have opened in Fresno: Locally owned G’s Creamery and the city’s first Häagen-Dazs shop.

G’s Creamery opened in early August in the Pavilion West Shopping Center at Bullard and West avenues in the former Yodigity Yogurt spot. Gary Sangha and Felix Reynaga, buddies since eighth grade who went to Central High School East together, founded the business.

Their ice cream is organic and all-natural as much as possible and made with fair trade chocolate, Sangha says. It’s made off site at another location in Fresno.

G’s Creamery makes waffle cones on site and has traditional flavors such as vanilla and chocolate. But it’s also got some distinctive flavors, like organic Indian chai with aromatic hints of spicy cardamom.

“That’s our main objective, to introduce new flavors,” Sangha says.

The milk and cookies flavor is popular, and so is the salted caramel pretzel, which is made with sea salt and chocolate-covered pretzels.

G’s Creamery also sells a twist on the traditional ice cream sandwich. Instead of cookies, they use a “sweet bun,” actually a warm glazed doughnut cut in half with ice cream in the middle. It’s a dessert inspired by one available in the Philippines, he says.

It’s warm on the outside and cold in the inside.

G’s Creamery Gary Sangha of the sweet bun filled with ice cream

The bun is what inspired the owners to get a little cheeky and put the phrase “My buns are sweeter than yours” in pink neon on the wall.

G, by the way, is slang for friend, as in, “Hey, G.” They also call their customers Gs.

G’s Creamery is open from noon to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 10 p.m. on Sundays. Details: See their Facebook page or Instagram at @gscreamery.

Häagen-Dazs

Fresno’s first Häagen-Dazs shop is open in River Park next to Jamba Juice near the theater.

Although plenty of Fresnans are familiar with the Häagen-Dazs brand of ice cream in grocery stores, some aren’t as familiar with the shops. Big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have them, but this is a first for our area.

Interesting tidbit: Technically, this is local ice cream because Nestlé has a plant in Tulare that makes the ice cream served in the shop.

Customers can get cones or dishes of ice cream, as well as milkshakes, banana splits and “Dazzlers” – their version of ice cream sundaes. The shop will also sell ice cream cakes, too.

The shop will soon have 32 flavors available, including five types of chocolate to choose from. They are chocolate, Belgian chocolate, brownie, peanut butter chocolate and rocky road.

The most popular flavors? Dulce de leche and rocky road, says Saaniya Kwatra Sekhri, one of the owners.

The Häagen-Dazs shop is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Details: (559) 431-9400.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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