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The Penny Ice Creamery

913 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3801
831-204-2523
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a small family boutique ice creamery in Santa Cruz that makes a list of unusual flavors every day, and the menu of flavors changes. Very unique flavors. Delicious cones. Great service. Always a treat.

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Truckee, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This place is awesome and the ice cream is amazing however they seem to be trying too hard on their flavors. With only about 12 flavors to choose from including bourbon bacon and some others that just are a little too fancy. My son got mint chip and let's just say he had one bite and spit it out as... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

As a student living in Santa Cruz, it's nice to go to penny's every once in awhile just to see what new and unusual flavors they have. And the best part is that you're never disappointed. And if you have any boring non-adventurous I've cream people, even the vanilla is perfection.

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Chicago
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98 reviews 98 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Now, I've had a LOT of ice cream in my time on this Earth and this was by far, the best I have ever had.....ever. My fear is that I will have cravings for it now from time to time, with no possible way of getting to it, living in Chicago and all. I had a scoop of the honey... More

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Carmichael, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had read good things about this ice cream place so we went in with high hopes. They had some unusual flavors that we were anxious to try, like strawberry pink peppercorn; and the look and feel of the place was inviting. The staff was friendly and quick to offer taste samples. We ordered two double cones so we could... More

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Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I always tell people to go here when they go to Santa Cruz. The basil ice cream changed me bahaha. The sister restaurant on the main strip is very good too.

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Berkeley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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