Anyone who has strolled Park City’s Historic Main Street knows about Java Cow Ice Creamery. The iconic cows displayed inside, the 2002 Olympic videos and the fantastic artisan ice cream are hard to forget. But did you know a local’s secret? The Davis family, local owners of Java Cow, brought their same delicious ice cream to Kimball Junction and opened “I Love Moo” a few years ago. More than once, when the line was out the door at Java Cow, I have driven to “I Love Moo” and received immediate service. Plus, parking at Kimball Junction is a lot easier than on Main Street.
The Davis family purchased what was formerly “Cow’s Ice Cream” on Main Street more than 20 years ago. At the time, it was a Canadian franchise and Starbucks was in the place of the café and bakery. In 2003, Starbucks decided not to renew their lease on Main Street and Ken Davis took over the coffee shop and added a bakery. All the soups and baked goods, along with the ice cream, are made on-site, right on Park City’s Main Street.
Java Cow and I Love Moo are the only ice cream shops in Park City that I’m aware of who make their own ice cream. If there is a flavor with an add-on (like the brownies in “Chocolate Brownie Explosion”) the add-on (brownies) is baked on-site. Davis specially sources the ingredients required in some of my personal favorites like “Honey Lavender” and “Matcha Green Tea”. Other local favorites are “Purple Cow”, “Sammy D’s”, and “Cowrispy Crunch”. Because everything is sourced from the highest quality vendors or made from scratch, you won’t always find your favorite ice cream flavor. It’s ok, though. You can taste as many flavors as you want until you find your next favorite.
More recently, dairy free ice cream flavors were added. They are made with coconut milk and are absolutely delicious.
Smoothies are also very popular, but I have never tried one. The ice cream is so good, I just can’t order something else.
Making ice cream and baked goods from scratch in the heart of Park City is not inexpensive. You may pay a bit more for this ice cream, but it is so worth it. Every flavor is an expression of the owners’ love and passion for ice cream and for Park City.
What’s your favorite flavor?