Let me start by saying that I LOVE ice cream, and Sweet Republic has ice cream that’s definitely worth the indulgence. Started in 2008, this shop defines what a local business should be. Each batch of artisan ice cream starts with milk and cream from independent Arizona dairy farms. They then add hand-stirred caramel, slow-roasted bananas, handmade marshmallows and fresh-baked brownies, just to name a few ingredients. They also make their own cookies, toppings, sauces and waffle cones from scratch to make sure we get only the best ingredients – this means no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils in any of their products. Sweet Republic cares about the environment too. Among other earth-friendly design elements, the table tops are made from sorghum stalks – a beautiful renewable resource that is otherwise discarded as waste.
On this particular visit, I opted to go big with the Pecan Turtle Sundae. This dreamy concoction includes 2 scoops of salted butter caramel ice cream, pecans, caramel sauce and hot fudge. It’s definitely enough to share but good enough to want all to yourself.
If eating ice cream isn’t enough entertainment for you (it is for me) or you have little ones to occupy, Sweet Republic offers a plethora of old school games. Think Scrabble (put down Words with Friends), Sorry, Candy Land (very appropriate!) and Monopoly.
I’m not the only one raving about Sweet Republic. The accolades are pouring in for them: Food Network (Best Thing I Ever Ate), Travel Channel (America’s Coolest Ice Cream Shops), Food & Wine (Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S.) and USA Today (Top 1o Ice Cream Parlors), just to name a few.
What are you waiting for? Go get some ice cream!
9160 E Shea Blvd, #105
Scottsdale, AZ 85260