Capitals Ice Cream

OKC

The founders of this shop envision one store in each state capital, hence the plural in its title. The Oklahoma City location was created by four friends (including two brothers) so they could have something to do together.

“We start with our classic vanilla ice cream as the base, but, from there, you choose toppings to be swirled in so each flavor is customized just for you,” says Landon Ferguson, the shop’s owner.

The upcoming cooler months mean the debut of a shop in Edmond by the group, called Cities Cookies + Ice Cream. Beverages include beer and locally roasted coffees. capitalsicecream.com

The Super Scoop

Edmond

Edmond was ripe for a non-chain option to get ice cream; plus, residents with special needs deserved additional opportunities for employment, owner Riley Eden says.

The ice cream is homemade from Oklahoma ingredients. The namesake dessert is a wedding cake-flavored ice cream made with batter from an old recipe, Eden says. Another favorite is an offbeat combination with Dr Pepper and chocolate chips.

Plans include partnering with Not Your Average Joe’s coffee shop, which also hires those with special needs. thesuperscoop.com

Big Dipper Creamery

Tulsa

This locally owned, small-batch shop carries homemade ice creams inspired by seasonal fruits, nuts, herbs and vegetables grown in-state, owner Samantha Cooper says.

“We’ve experimented with sand plums, wild blackberries, sumac and foraged herbs, too,” she says. “You’ll still find decadent flavors like vegan cookies and cream, ooey gooey butter cake and salted caramel with brown butter ganache. We know this community appreciates quality and creativity, which is why we feel really supported here.

“Ice cream is a feel-good food that we take seriously, and sharing it with our patrons is incredibly rewarding.” bigdippercreamerytulsa.com

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social

OKC and Edmond

The four locations in metropolitan OKC feature classic dairy ice creams, along with vegan, gluten-free and nut-free treats, catering to those who may not get treats otherwise, general manager Sierra Mason says.

Roxy’s has offered more than 80 flavors, including special holiday favorites for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Special-ordered ice cream cakes are popular during cooler months.

Mason admits to a couple of personal favorites.

“Five pounds of fresh mango go into every batch of our mango [ice cream] and I can’t resist it,” she says. “I also love the raspberry chocolate chip, which is a sorbet with a sweet cream base and mini chocolate chips.” roxysicecream.com

STG Gelateria

Tulsa and Broken Arrow

It’s not enough to offer authentic Italian pizza and gelato at Andolini’s; the same owners of STG Gelateria say everything must be specialita tradizionale garantita (traditional specialities guaranteed).

The gelato tastes more than “a lot like” the smooth dessert found in Italy – it’s exactly the same, says co-owner Mike Bausch who, along with brother Jim, put in the time, travel and resources to buy the specific equipment for the precise, multi-level process necessary to perfect every batch of gelato.

In addition to various gelati, the shops have homemade pastries and fresh-roasted Topeca coffees. stgitalian.com

STG Gelateria prides itself on the authentic taste of its gelato. Photo by Valerie Grant

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