Apr 2010

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream – Seattle


As fate would have it, a week before my trip Serious Eats posted about a Seattle-based shop that served ice cream for breakfast. I generally have no desire to eat the cold and sweet stuff anytime before noon, but the chance to go against my sensibilities proved too enticing to pass up. On our second morning in the city, The Astronomer and I met up with Rosalind at Molly Moon’s in Capitol Hill. Even though we felt a little naughty indulging in dessert for breakfast, we proceeded into the shop anyway.


Molly Moon Neitzel has been serving artisanal ice creams and sorbets to discerning Seattleites since the spring of 2008. She currently has two stores in the city and is hoping to open additional posts in the future.

The rainbow of flavors served in her shops are all made using cream from local cows and fruits and herbs grown nearby. Even the chocolate that’s used in the shop is from a Seattle-based company, Theo Chocolate. During our visit, salted caramel, “scout” mint, and Starburst all caught my eye.


The flavors on offer sounded delightful, but we kept our eyes on the prize and ordered ice cream for breakfast ($6). The off-the-menu treat was comprised of a cup of steel-cut oatmealΒ  topped with a scoop of maple bacon ice cream. It also included unlimited access to the toppings bar where all the mixed berries, candied ginger, and candied bacon I desired could be had.


What I liked best about this unusual concoction was the intense contrast between the frozen ice cream and hot oatmeal. When the two opposing fronts collided in my mouth, a storm of goodness was inevitable. I also liked how the presence of whole grains assuaged any guilt I had for consuming such a decadent little number. The only thing that could’ve made this creation even better would have been saltier and smokier bacon, both in the ice cream and scattered on top. The sweet and savory interplay that I was hoping for was totally missing.

Eating ice cream for breakfast was definitely a fun diversion from the usual bananas and cereal, but not crazy-delicious enough to partake in on a regular basis. After we left the shop, we went straight to the grocery store to procure some fruit.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
917 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-708-7947

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18 thoughts on “Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream – Seattle

  1. I have a feeling the recent posts on this popular blog of yours may directly contribute to Seattle losing its status as the healthiest city in America. That’s ok though, I never really believed it anyway. πŸ˜‰

  2. sarah – I love how Seattle eateries make bad-for-you foods with the best ingredients. Makes ’em taste even better! And no worries on the healthiest city front, I saw like a zillion cyclists during my week in the city πŸ˜‰

    Heath – Parfait’s menu looks damn good. Mmm!

  3. That looks really great, but I agree that uncandied, smoked bacon would have had a better contrast.

  4. I’m so excited that you visited my city!

    Although I used to be a devoted Molly Moon fan (probably went everyday in the summer with my friends for two scoops and soccer in the park), I have since discovered some even better iced cream concoctions:

    Bluebird (has an Elysian Stout flavor)
    Old School Frozen Custard (only one special flavor per day, but it is so fresh and delicious)
    Fainting Goat in Wallingford

    Hope you enjoyed the food here! You definitely hit up the restaurant landmarks.

  5. R.Bobby – Thanks for the ice cream tips! I will pass the list onto Rosalind who lives in Capitol Hill. Lucky girl! There’s lots more Seattle eating coming up on the website πŸ˜‰

  6. What! Ice cream for breakfast and a lot of people are doing this…hmmm well I think i might too hehe. I can’t imagine oatmeal and ice cream in my mouth at one, but throw some bacon on anything and i would eat it!

  7. And here I thought I was being all wacky by putting peanut butter in my oatmeal! This is so insane that I might have to try it. πŸ™‚ Maybe with some peanut butter ice cream perhaps?

  8. you really need a scoop of coffee ice cream in there to make the brekkie complete. Hot oatmeal and ice cream does sound good. I’m surprised D takes a B hasn’t jumped on this combo yet. I was guilty of eating ice cream a few times during the collegiate glory days.

  9. I live in seattle and I have heard of this place but never tried it. I think this combination sounds awesome!

  10. Wow that ice cream for breakfast looks and sounds amazing. Plus it has oatmeal, so it’s healthy … right?
    I don’t know when I’ll go to Seattle, but when I do I know where to go πŸ˜›

  11. I agree with R.Bobby. Bluebird’s ice cream is far superior to Molly Moon’s. All the ice cream is made at the shop by the owner, not by some hired chefs. The flavors are incredibly creative and tasty, but not weird. And there is a community room where you can have meetings for free. This is an example of a small operation run by a person who is thinking about what he can do for the community. Try it out some time. I think you’ll like it.

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