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The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
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Ranked #6 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: Ice Cream
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86% Recommend
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English first
Berkeley, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Used to love this spot, but saw a ghastly expose about even "humane" cow milk and my heart is way to broken to see stolen calf milk (meant for a baby bovine, which is not good for humans) that's been stolen from a calf who's on their way to a veal crate from a chronically impregnated mother cow, just can't... More

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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Do I need to say more? They taste like regular cones. Its the only place I've been to in the last five years that has a cone I can eat. Yes their ice cream is amazing and the constantly changing selection makes every visit an adventure and is always worth eating but nothing is quite as good as ice cream... More

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Champlin, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Let's see... homemade ice cream from scratch, local and fresh ingredients, flavors as quirky and fun as the town where it's housed. As the line out the door testifies, this is THE place for ice cream in downtown Santa Cruz! They even have gluten-free waffle cones. The worst thing about going here is deciding which flavor to get! Highly recommend... More

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Alameda, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

We love to stop in after dinner for a cup of richly flavored ice cream. Today's treat was Salted Caramel. Simply the best.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A group of us dropped into Penny Ice Cream on a recent weekend trip to Santa Cruz and everyone from age 20 to age 85 left happy. There are a lot of creative flavors in both ice cream and sorbet. The ingredients were real, local and fresh, they even put Jack Daniels in the whiskey ice cream and you could... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The ice cream flavor selection and the ways to get it made up - reallllly good. Usually a line here - it is worth the wait.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love ice cream, frozen yogurt, and anything that comes out of cow frozen...LOL. What I didn't expect was the cool combinations of flavors - beet, balsamic cherry, Jack Daniels and pecan, plus the normal chocolate with sea salt, vanilla, and rich strawberry. The flavors change regularly so my inner ice cream Diva can easily pleased every day of the... More

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Carmel Valley, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Well, I am like many other people love ice-cream, but I only eat healthy and homemade meals. So, The Penny Ice Creamery is what I found the best for me! They always offer some unique flavors...Last time I had MUSHROOM ice cream - it was wonderful! You can try sample spoon before you order.

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The Penny Ice Creamery is a well-known local favorite with a reputation for hand-making their original and delectable ice creams. We got the triple scoop for $6.75 (mushroom, vanilla bean and cinnamon bark) and enjoyed it a lot. They also had a rhubarb Ice cream which was well made, but a little weird for me. Next time, I need to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

We arrived in Santa Cruz and walked through town to find the Penny Ice Creamery. The ice cream is simply delicious! The mint ice cream was made of fresh mint, a first for us. The coffee ice cream tasted like a delicious Columbian roast. Best of all we happened into the afternoon delight special, two scoops for the price of... More

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