If there is one thing I have learned from blogging, it’s that people love their ice cream. And not only do you love your ice cream, but you also have strong feelings about who has the best ice cream in the area!
Every time I have posed the question, “What’s a good place for ice cream?” I get an overwhelming response for Grassroots Ice Cream in Granby. So of course, I had to check it out!
Grassroots Ice Cream is located in the center of Granby, right at the intersection of Routes 10-202, 20 and 189. It’s pretty new to the ice cream world in this region – having opened up shop in 2013. However, in just five years, they have clearly won our hearts with their homemade ice cream and unique flavors.
The shop is located on Park Place. The first time we visited, I actually got a little lost. Park Place has only one way in and out, and that is from Route 20 (East Granby Road). No matter which way you are coming, you’ll need to get to Route 20 in order to pull into Park Place.
They have a small parking area in front of the shop, but you can also find overflow parking in the back.
The entrance is at the front of the building. You’ll spot a few benches out front where you can enjoy your ice cream!
So, we actually made three separate visits to Grassroots before posting this review. All in the name of proper research. Honestly though, I was trying so hard to get a nice interior shot of the shop. I couldn’t though. And the reason is actually pretty great news for them. It was always TOO busy. I went on a Saturday at 4 p.m.; on a Wednesday at 5 p.m. and on a Monday at 2 p.m. Times I thought, “No one gets ice cream before dinner/middle of the day”. Well, they do at Grassroots. My husband said, “Take a picture with all the people”. But it literally would have been a picture with the back of about a dozen people’s heads. Who wants to see that?
Fortunately, I was able to find this beautiful shot on the Grassroots Facebook Page.
The shop is not very big but they have a few tables inside. The ice cream counter (and the line that forms) takes up the majority of the space.
(From the Grassroots Ice Cream Facebook page)
You’ll want to head to the left to start your ice cream order. You have a lot to think about and they want to help you out! First, sizes. You can go with a kids cup (a small single scoop – which honestly isn’t that small), you can go with one and a half scoop, 2 scoops, 3 scoops, all the way up to a hand-packed pint. They have 2 scoop and 3 scoop sundaes too. And of course, you can get a milkshake or float.
When you choose more than one scoop, you have the option to pick more than one flavor (which, trust me, comes in handy because it’s hard to pick just one! I’ll go more into flavors further down.
You can also opt to skip the cup and get a cone! They have sugar cones, cake cones, waffle cones and chocolate dipped waffle cones.
Now, those flavors. There are two things that make Grassroots special. First, they are an artisan ice cream shop and they make up all their flavors, constantly tweaking things until they get it just perfect. Their ice cream is all natural: they use natural extracts and real food to make up their flavors. The second thing is their ever-changing ice cream menu. On our first and second visit, I tried the same ice cream: Blood orange with dark chocolate chunks. That was not on the menu at our third visit. We also tried Sweet Cream, Strawberry, Chocolate Orange and Watermelon sorbet. None of those were on the menu at every visit. They start with certain flavors in the morning and when that flavor runs out, it comes off the board and a new flavor goes up. You could visit three times in one day and you may not see the same flavor options! You will find something you love – in fact, you may find more than one flavor you love. They are happy to let you test out any flavor before you fill your bowl (or cone).
They also have soft serve on the menu.
Here’s an idea of their menu from one of our visits. I can promise you the menu will NOT look the same when you visit!
He decided on a different flavor at every visit!
If you opt for a sundae or just want to add a little something to your dish of ice cream, they have plenty of toppings to choose from!
The prices are also listed on the wall and range from $2.95 for a 1 scoop (kids) size up to $5.95 for three scoops. Sundaes range from $6.50 to $7.50. And there are also different prices for their cones, milkshakes, root beer floats and soft serve ice cream.
Once you get your ice cream, you can head to the cashier to pay. They take cash and credit/debit. Note there is an $8.00 minimum for credit cards.
We were very happy to test these ice creams out – for our readers of course.
Three visits, and somehow I managed to dress him in the same outfit twice. He has plenty of clothes- I just love those red shorts! We loved the ice cream, so much we came three times in less than two months. You’ll also notice the options for either eating inside at a table; or on a bench in front of Grassroots. Lately with this heat, the indoor option has been great!
He always manages to steal all the ice cream! He definitely approved of Grassroots!
So there you have it, I officially understand what all my readers have been talking about. I feel like I am part of the Grassroots Fan Club now. And if any of my readers needs more information on this ice cream shop, please let me know, we are happy to go back … you know, in the name of research.
This about sums it up…
4 Park Place – Granby, Connecticut
Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.
- Parking lot available in front of shop and in the back
- Hard ice cream, soft serve, milkshakes, floats, sundaes and more!
- A few tables inside & some benches outside. There is also a park across the street with benches.
- Ice Cream Flavors change daily!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample before you pick your flavor(s)!
- Bathroom on site
- Strollers can be brought inside but it would be a tight fit! The inside of the shop is small
- Cash or Credit Card accepted