For every coffee-and-doughnuts ice cream cone, there’s a sparkly chandelier. And for every scoop of Gummy-Bear-studded, cotton-candy-flavored “Circus” ice cream, there are heaps of stuffed animals and giant lollipops.
One more clue: This locally founded ice cream chain first made a splash on Clematis Street, thanks to its magical bathroom doors, which go from see-through to frosted with a flip of a switch.
But for all its bells, whistles and foggy glass, Sloan’s is best loved for its 48 varieties of deliciously rich, chef-made ice cream. The concept founded 17 years ago by Sloan Kamenstein has expanded to include 10 locations (including one in Kuwait) and a newish ice cream factory in West Palm Beach. Business has been booming since the company started franchising three years ago.
Earlier this year, Sloan’s was ranked in the top ten best ice cream parlors in the country. The Palm Beach County family of shops was listed as seventh best in USA Today’s 10 Best poll. The national newspaper noted Sloan’s “aim of creating an ice cream utopia.”
All that is sprinkles atop the sundae for Sloan’s, which earned more than double the votes of its closest competitor (Manalapan’s Ice Cream Club) in our Readers’ Choice poll. Among 11 local ice cream shops favored by readers, Sloan’s received nearly 29 percent of the vote, while Ice Cream Club earned 12.48 percent and Palm Beach Ice Cream of Tequesta and Jupiter got 12.16 percent.
Stay tuned for our next Readers’ Choice poll as we continue to survey local favorites in Palm Beach County food and dining.
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SLOAN’S ICE CREAM
Founded in West Palm Beach, Sloan’s continues to operate two locations in the city (on Clematis Street and at CityPlace), one in Palm Beach Gardens (Downtown at the Gardens), one in downtown Delray Beach, and one in Boca Raton (Mizner Park).
For addresses and flavor info, visit SloansIceCream.com.