Ice Cream Dream Team


Photo credit: Kealoha Noguchi

Everyone knows about the Cold Stone’s and Baskin Robbins of the world. However, here are the other ice cream places that have over 31 delicious flavors. So the decision is yours, trendy ice cream rolls or traditional scoops. Here are the most best ice cream parlors within 20-minutes of El Camino.

1.) Dahlicious Creamery

Dahlicious creamery is an ice cream lovers dream. With a variety of menu items it feels like everything is here in one place. The menu includes rich ice cream flavors for scoops or ice cream sandwiches with your choice of toppings and over a dozen choices of mouthwatering rolled ice cream. Last but not least the sweet and crunchy “shaved snow” which is their version of shaved ice. Your choice of two toppings for free but can add a scoop of ice cream for a $1 charge. This ice cream shop can do it all.

Notable options:

Rolled Ice Cream $6.75: Pardon my French Toast, Ballin on a fudget, Obsessive Cookie Disorder.

Ice Cream Sandwich $4.95.

Ice Cream (2 scoops) $4.50: Red Velvet, Mocha Almond Fudge, Cotton Candy

Shaved Snow $5.50: Strawberry, Mango, Thai Tea

Address: 4172 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance (6.6 mi.)

Hours: Monday – Thursday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. ; Friday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m ; Saturday noon to 11 p.m. ; Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Contact: (424) 383-1432

Instagram: @dahlicouscreamery

2.) Negative 8 Degrees

When Negative 8 Degrees is busy you can wait from 30 minutes to an hour just to get your ice cream but it is all worth it. The way they craft the creamy ice cream in front of you is worth the price itself. Negative 8 Degrees is known to do things differently, no scoops on cones here, only rolls in cups. They shape the ice cream into seven sweet and savory rolls and into a cup. No extra charge for toppings.

Notable options:

Rolled Ice Cream $6.75: Oreoland, Chocolate love, Capn Crunch

Address: 1630 W. Redondo Beach Blvd #3, Gardena (1.6 mi.)

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. ; Friday and Saturday 11:45 a.m. to midnight.

Contact: (310) 329-2678

Instagram: @negative.8

3.) DaVinci Ice Cream

A step pasted traditional scoops goes DaVinci Ice Cream. DaVinci’s rich ice cream flavors earn its name as they are a little on the pricier side. Whether it be a scoop in a cone or a scoop in between softly baked cookies, there’s no wrong choice. With 16 plus flavors of rich ice cream and a variety of toppings, a true masterpiece can be created. Other menu items include milkshakes and cookies by half and dozens. Milkshakes are made with real ice cream with your choice to mix and match three different flavors. There is a 50 cent charge per topping.

Notable options:

Ice Cream (2 scoops) $5.50: Brownie Walnut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Red Velvet.

Ice Cream Sandwich $5.50.

Cookies (half dozen) $5: Chocolate Chip, M&M, White Macadamia

Address: 17401 Avalon Blvd Unit D3, Carson (4.2 mi.)

Hours: Sunday – Thursday noon to 10 p.m. ; Friday and Saturday noon to 11 p.m.

Contact: (310) 329-2678

Instagram: @davinciicecream

4.) Rolling Zones

While Rolling Zones doesn’t possess the hype Negative 8 Degrees does, it is every bit as tasteful. Rolling Zones is the closest ice cream spot on the list and it also follows the trend of rolled ice cream only like Negative 8 degrees.”Zoners” craft your ice cream in front of you into five thick rolls topped with whipped cream and your choice of toppings. Over 10 flavors of creamy or crunchy ice cream and over 20 topping choices make the selections endless. Additional toppings are an extra charge of 50 cents.

Notable options:

Rolled Ice Cream $6.99: Chocolate Explosion, Cookies n Cream, Banatella

Address: 15732 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale (1.4 mi.)

Hours: Sunday – Thursday noon to 10 p.m. ; Friday and Saturday noon 11 p.m.

Contact (424) 204-6286

Instagram: @rollingzonecreamery

5.) Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

Taking a step back from the fancy menus, Handel’s is the old-fashioned traditional homemade ice cream choice. There is always a spot on an ice cream list for traditional scoops in cones. It’s the simple, smooth and creamy flavors that make it delicious without having to add too much. The different floats, sundaes and splits add to what gives Handel’s that old-fashioned feel. Handel’s have an original menu item called “hurricanes”, which is vanilla ice cream blended with your selected choice of candy or topping.

Notable options:

Cone $3: Horchata, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie Chunk

Hurricane $4.25: Oreo, Reese’s Pieces, Snickers

Address: 1882 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach (7.3 mi.)

Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact: (424) 247-8861