Molly Moon’s has come to the eastside! That’s right, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream has set up shop in downtown Redmond and they’re opening their doors today at 3pm. What a lovely day for some ice cream, don’t you think? It’s been hot enough for ice cream and kids 12 and under get a complimentary scoop of their choice until 5pm today. I have a feeling that they’re going to be quite busy. Dan and I will be making regular stops there to stock up on some summer time goodness.
Yesterday Dan and I had the chance to check out the shop before they opened their doors to the public for a little blogger preview. There were rhubarb bellinis and taste tests upon taste tests and we even went back into the kitchen to watch them make the ice cream. I feel like we tried every flavor possible, including earl grey ice cream with a lemon curd topping which was bizarre but tasty. My personal favorite was the refreshing and sweet vegan coconut chunk and the thai tea.
What’s awesome is that the Redmond location is Molly Moon’s first open kitchen format so it feels very homey and cozy being able to see everything that’s happening behind the scenes, like you’re in on all the cool Molly Moon’s ice cream secrets. It sounds silly but it was an awesome experience watching them chop rhubarb and scrape seeds from vanilla pods. I also got to talk to Molly of Molly Moon’s and she’s so nice! Super sweet and chatty and down to earth.
That’s one thing I want to point out about Molly Moon’s. Every time I’ve been I’ve encountered insanely upbeat and awesome people. They do a really good job of hiring sweet as pie people.
There was a really awkward moment today where one of the employees, David, made the mistake of telling Dan that they would make his ice cream dreams come true and Dan decided to ask for a banana split, not really thinking they’d do it. But David was like, “oh no! We don’t have bananas…but I’ll just go BUY some!” and sure enough after a short trip to the grocery store he came back with bananas and made Dan (well Dan and I, it was massive) a banana split! I felt so bad! I was like no, Dan what have you done!? Making this poor guy go buy bananas. But David was really nice about it and apparently enjoyed his “adventure!”
The banana split though, was a meal. A big delicious chocolate fudge covered meal with candied hazelnuts and cherries on top. For real. And David wasn’t the only sweetheart, every employee was super pumped about the ice cream and loved to talk about their favorite flavor combinations. Really gracious, nice people. Considering I live insanely close (too close, I can walk there) I know I will be there often.
So yeah, if you happen to be in the area or are an eastsider you must go to Molly Moon’s new Redmond location, right next to Homegrown. It’s so convenient! They sell pints of their ice cream so if you’re like us you’ll want to keep yourself stocked for late night cravings. My personal favorites include scout mint, melted chocolate, and Stumptown coffee, but you must ask to try a few of their seasonal flavors. You never know what new flavor you’ll fall in love with. Vegan coconut chunk FTW!