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Larimer Square gets a new ice cream shop (and it’s a fan favorite)

Brittany Anas
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has expanded to Colorado with scoop shops in Boulder and Denver.Jonathan Phillips

By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, CO) New York-born Van Leeuwen earned fans with its decadent French-style ice cream and grabbed headlines with its zany collabs with Grey Poupon and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Now, the beloved brand is expanding, bringing its made-from-scratch ice cream to Colorado. The newest location is now open in Larimer Square (1459 Larimer St.)

Colorado’s first Van Leeuwen shop opened last month in Boulder at Twenty Ninth Street mall. Van Leeuwen now has 32 scoop shops across the country.

Van Leeuwen’s French-style ice cream is ultra-rich; it’s made with more than double the amount of egg yolks as standard ice cream.

The shop sells more than 30 signature flavors, with top sellers like honeycomb made with caramel candy, pistachio, raspberry layer cake, and Earl Grey Tea.

A rainbow-like lineup of ice cream pints fills the fridge for those looking to take some home.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream on Larimer Square sells scoops as well as to-go pints.Jonathan Phillips

Van Leeuwen offers a selection of oat-and cashew-based vegan flavors like churros and fudge and cookies and cream caramel swirl.

While there are no crazy collaborations like the Mexican Hot Chocolate with Tapatío Hot Sauce (yes, really), Van Leeuwen has partnered with local brewery Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project to create an exclusive flavor for its Denver location. The Crooked Stave Sour Rosé, is a raspberry and blueberry sorbet made with the brewery’s famous sour rosé.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream's newest scoop shop is on Larimer Square.Jonathan Phillips

“All the best aspects of Sour Rosé shine in this flavor – the tartness from the sour ale perfectly pairs with the fruit-forward berry combo from the raspberries and blueberries,” says Chad Yakobson, owner and brewmaster at Crooked Stave.

Van Leeuwen will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

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Brittany is a journalist in the Denver metro area with more than two decades of writing and editing experience. She covers travel, restaurants and other lifestyle topics.

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