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Summer made sweeter with Stella Jean’s ice cream

Stella Jean’s Earl Grey + Citrus Tea Cake ice cream. The brilliant violet tea cake is naturally colored by the Thai butterfly pea flower.
Stella Jean’s Earl Grey + Citrus Tea Cake ice cream. The brilliant violet tea cake is naturally colored by the Thai butterfly pea flower.
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Summer is both bathing suit and peak ice cream-eating season, so if you’re going to indulge, make it count. And make it Stella Jean’s, the sister scoop shop of Pop Pie Co. in University Heights.

We’re not sure who came up with this vexing paradox, but summer is both bathing suit and peak ice cream-eating season.

So if you’re going to indulge, make it count. And make it Stella Jean’s.

The 8-month-old sister scoop shop of University Heights’ Pop Pie Co. features a creative lineup of flavors and small-batch production using local ingredients. We loved each of the six varieties we tasted, with the Earl Grey + Citrus Tea Cake and the vegan Mango Sticky Rice as the standouts.

Among the delicate and not-too-sweet flavors, five a day are vegan, all surprisingly creamy. And if you try to save calories by ordering your ice cream in a cup, you’d be missing out on the best waffle cone any of us had ever tasted; the vegan cone is made with brown sugar and maple syrup.

Board shorts, here we come.

Stella Jean’s ice cream

Open 7 days; hours vary. 4404 Park Blvd., University Heights. (619) 501-8252. stellajeans.com

The adorable interior of Stella Jean’s ice cream shop in University Heights.
The adorable interior of Stella Jean's ice cream shop in University Heights.
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