Adulting is about responsibility. "Kidulting," on the other hand, is all about fun.
Two new Dallas ice cream shops fall into the latter category, letting grown-ups unleash their inner child with a 21-plus twist. Ice Cream Wasted in Bishop Arts District and The Pharmacy in Deep Ellum specialize in alcoholic ice cream and milkshakes, respectively. Both opened this summer.
Ice Cream Wasted
Dallas resident Bri Calloway is a chemist by trade, who for many years applied her skills to the oil and gas industry. But her true passion is ice cream. Calloway has developed a proprietary method for infusing alcohol into ice cream and, after testing the Ice Cream Wasted concept at an incubator kitchen in Plano, opened a storefront in Dallas.
The shop has a few quirks, to be sure. For one, patrons can't simply walk up and buy a cone. Entry to Ice Cream Wasted is by appointment only, and it doesn't come cheap. Group samplings, which include three or four ice creams, cost $35 for a general tasting and $45-$55 for rotating seasonal flavors, such as summer specialties pineapple upside-down colada and key lime-a-rita. For Halloween, Calloway is preparing a glow-in-the-dark ice cream. (Really!) Additionally, all flavors here are vegan and organic.
"I figured it would be awesome to sit people down, not give them a choice and make them try new things," Calloway says. Many are are "in this box and I want to open that box."
Dallasites got to check out the space without a reservation during Ice Cream Wasted's grand opening party on Sunday, July 16. If you missed it, the shop is now accepting reservations on its website for tastings in August and October.
Ice Cream Wasted, 509 W. Davis St., Dallas. Opening July 16.
With its traditional ice cream parlor vibe, the owners of the Pharmacy hope to create a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of the Deep Ellum bar district. They're working with Richardson-based Sweet Firefly to sell ice cream by the scoop and sandwiched between cookies, as well as adult inventions such as the Banana Cream Pie milkshake, a blend of vanilla ice cream, rum and actual banana-cream pie. (That milkshake can also come alcohol-free.) Milkshake not boozy enough for you? Add an extra shot on the side.
The bar, which opened Aug. 2, also does boozy floats using Not Your Father's Root Beer.
Partners Corey Good, Jacob Cox, Danny Wilson and Braxton Martin came up with the idea for the Pharmacy by combining their cocktail expertise and love of all things sweet. Good and Braxton own speakeasy High and Tight Barbershop, while Cox and Wilson own the neighboring Rocket Fizz candy shop. The trio developed and tested recipes at home to decide which flavor combinations worked best.
"When the three of us were testing shakes, we killed like two gallons of ice cream," laughs Wilson.
The 2,000-square-foot space has a couple of arcade games, pinball and Skee-Ball for kids and kids at heart, says Cox. And for late-night revelers, the Pharmacy plans to push a cart through Deep Ellum selling cookie-ice cream sandwiches.
Because the milkshakes will contain alcohol, they must be enjoyed onsite. Not into sweets? The Pharmacy also sells bottled and canned beer.
The Pharmacy, 2812 Elm St., Dallas. Expected opening by the end of July.