Candace and Charles Nelson are known for their delectable Sprinkles Cupcakes. These baked gems evolved from recipes that were developed by Candice’s great grandmother at her San Francisco restaurant during the 1930s. How about using these fabulous cupcakes as a base and adding artisan-made, slow churned ice cream? This concept came to life on May 24, 2012 with Sprinkles Ice Cream. Since the Sprinkles Cupcakes shop is right next door with a “Cupcake ATM” to separate them, cupcakes are always fresh and ice cream is made daily in their commissary. The ice cream is made from the finest, local ingredients with no artificial flavors. Sprinkles donates daily leftovers to food banks. 100% of the proceeds from their charitable cupcakes go directly to worthy causes, like children’s hospitals, schools, and Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
A Sprinkles Sandwich consists of a generous scoop of your choice of ice cream, sandwiched between two cupcake tops, (choice of chocolate, vanilla, or red velvet tops). Check the menu board and look for the red dots that indicate which ice cream flavors are available that day. This is a fun and inventive way of having your cake and eating it, too. Such creativity is what makes Sprinkles a standout. We chose Milk Chocolate Cupcake (Belgian dark chocolate cake) tops with Cherry Vanilla (imported morello cherries, simmered in California Pinot Noir, mixed generously throughout pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla ice cream). This just happens to be Charles Nelson’s favorite ice cream flavor. The chocolate cupcake tops were moist and rich in chocolate flavor, just like homemade. The creamy vanilla ice cream lovingly held a vibrant, sweet flavor, with the cherries delivering just the right amount of tartness. It will put some spring in your step. We found it can get deliciously messy to hold and eat. A suggestion would be to ask for a cup to make your eating experience a little easier. You’ll want to savor each bite and not waste a drop of this ice cream dessert. Thumbs up, way up!
Sprinkles Sundae is made with your choice of ice cream and cupcake flavor of the day. The Salted Caramel ice cream tasted exactly like salted caramel but in a creamy, ice cold form. The ice cream is flavored by caramel, (made in-house and in small batches), then liberally sprinkled with imported fleur de sel crystals. I really can’t get over how creamy these ice creams are. The Dark Chocolate Cupcake (Belgian dark chocolate cake with bittersweet chocolate icing) was moist and rich in the dark chocolate flavor you crave. The frosting was rich and creamy. The chocolate sprinkles, looked like shiny, mini chocolate tiles. What a beautiful touch! Thumbs up, way up!
Red Velvet ice cream served in a Red Velvet cone. The sweet cream was very rich and luscious, covering your taste buds in a creamy, velvet coat. The Red Velvet cupcake (Southern style light chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting) was moist and had the perfect red velvet flavor you know and love. The pieces of cake were frosted as well, so you won’t miss out on the sweet cream cheese experience. The crispy Red Velvet cone was reminiscent of a pizzelle instead of your run-of-the mill waffle cone. Thumbs up, way up!
That’s not all! Sprinkles also sells fresh baked cookies and brownies. Let’s take a look:
Salted Oatmeal Cornflake is made with roasted rolled oats and cornflakes sprinkled with imported fleur de sel crystals. This is a great, salty-sweet cookie. I liked it a lot because it didn’t contain raisins, common in your ordinary oatmeal cookies. The cornflakes added a slight crunch and that golden corn flavor. The salt on top was a nice touch, just a bit too much for my taste. I ended up dusting off some of the salt. Otherwise, thumbs up!
Snickerdoodle is an old-fashioned, buttery cookie dusted with sweet cinnamon sugar. This was the perfect snickerdoodle with the rich flavor you know and love – cinnamon & sugar goodness with a hint of cream of tartar. The interior was fluffy and moist. Thumbs up!
Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip is a creamy, all-natural peanut butter cookie generously studded with semisweet callebaut chocolate chips and crushed pretzel twists. This was a really good combination of salty and sweet. This flavor would work really well in Hawaii. The pretzels added a wonderful crunch and saltiness. I would’ve liked smaller pretzel pieces but I loved the robust peanut butter flavor. The chocolate chips added a creamy sweetness. Thumbs up!
Chocolate Chip is morsels of semisweet callebaut chocolate chips folded into a buttery golden-brown cookie. This is the best chocolate chip cookie ever! It tastes like one your grandma would make. It’s moist and full of homemade goodness – eggs, sugar, butter and chocolate chips. The form is perfect too – a little lumpy and full of homemade love. Thumbs up, way up!
Double Chocolate is a fudgy dark chocolate cookie baked with fine callebaut cocoa powder and chocolate and loaded with chocolate chips. This was like brownie cookie, like a delicious happy accident that Grandma created. Thumbs up, way up!
Your scoop is waiting for you at Sprinkles Ice Cream!
- Watch Candace Nelson judge the country’s best cupcake bakers on “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network. Check out the schedule and tune in: http://www.foodnetwork.com/cupcake-wars/index.html
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Sprinkles Ice Cream
9631 S Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday from 10:00am-10:00pm, Thursday-Saturday from 10:00am-11:00pm