Temperatures are rising and the the available options for keeping your clan cool just got better. Fifty Licks ice cream shop recently opened up a second location where it will be serving up its yummy and unique flavors of ice cream all summer long. If sipping on an icy cocktail while watching your little sweets enjoy a cone sounds like a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon, read on to find out more!

photo: Kacie A. via yelp

The Shop

Created by food science enthusiast (and owner) Chad Draizin, Fifty Licks is one of the Portland area’s most unique and yummy ice cream shops, offering cold scoops and icy sips that will elicit both surprise and smiles. From classics like your basic chocolate to boozy flavors, drinks and cocktail concoctions like ButterSCOTCH—you can be sure there is something for everyone in your crew. They even have vegan-friendly options like Rose City Lemonade and Coconut Lemond Saffron, and if anyone in your group has a nut allergy—never fear—this shop is completely nut free!

In the Beginning

Fifty Licks got its start in 2009 as a food truck that would show up at various events and farmer’s markets. It’s focus on using real eggs, fresh ingredients and adding booze to some of its options caught the attentions of ice-cream-lovers both young and old and eventually led to the opening of the original shop at 2011 SE Clinton St.

Fifty Licks real claim to fame is being one of the few ice cream shops in Oregon that makes their custard base by hand, from scratch. How? They begin by slowly simmering cream, sugar and real cage-free egg yolks into a luscious custard and the result is a treat that is rich, smooth, and of course delicious. This style of ice cream is referred to as crème glacée which is sweet but also allows the flavors of each carefully selected ingredient to be tasted.

photo: Brian I. via yelp

The Scoops

The Fifty Licks creator frequents the Portland Farmers Market on a quest to find the most flavorful fruits and berries to mix into their funny, fresh flavors. When the seasons change and call for something “warmer,” they change up their menu and focus on themed, comforting flavors.

While this shop offers the classic scoops and bowls the menu options don’t stop there. They also offer the Affogato Cubano, which is freshly brewed Cuban coffee over a  a scoop of ice cream creating a bitter but sweet and caffeinated treat that will help mom and dad keep up with the kiddos. Trying to avoid a messy mouth? Get little ones a shake. Parents can even indulge in a Beer Float, which consists of Boulder Brewing’s Shake Chocolate Porter with a scoop of your favorite flavor.

The New Digs

Located on East Burnside, Fifty Licks new location sells all of their customers’ old, new and unique flavors and menu options while making their cold bites more accessible than ever! Customers can rest assured that the new environment has retained all of the best aspects of the old locations and promises the same superior experience at both locations.

photo: Redfishingboat (Mick O) via Flickr

Ice Cream On the Go!
If you were wondering what became of the old Fifty Licks ice cream truck, we’ve go great news…it’s still around bringing cools scoops to birthdays, bar mitzvahs, weddings, company parties and more. What a twist on the original ice cream service.

To find out more about Fifty Licks’ offerings, check out their Facebook page for special events and great deals like free scoops and ice cream!

Important Notice: The new location allowed Fifty Licks to make renovations on their original location located at 2021 SE Clinton Street, which will be closed until June 6, 2017.

Where: 2742 E Burnside; 2021 SE Clinton St.
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. from noon to 11 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. from noon to 12 p.m.
Online: fifty-licks.com

Which Fifty Licks flavor is your family’s favorite! Share it with us in the comments below.

—Kris Wilhelmy