The Penny Ice Creamery

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Downtown Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
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  • Kylie
    KylieSeptember 19, 2014
    My ice cream connoisseur friend says Penny is the best in the bay. Local ingredients, smooth and creamy consistency, and a constantly changing menu—what more could you ask for?
  • H. C.
    H. Colbert (@hrsch)June 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The mint is amazing, as are the cinnamon flavors, but the specials rotate. Still, can you really go wrong at an "ice creamery"?
  • Scott H.
    Scott HJune 24, 2016
    Toasted marshmallow fluff add-on!!! All of their flavors are great and not super trendy for the sake of weirdness.
  • Christe F.
    Christe FarmJune 12, 2015
    This place has good ice cream but there fresh mint is fresh mint warn you, and so it isn't appealing to most including me.... But they do have a very special topping- 'burnt' marshmallow topping
  • Tan H.
    Tan HaNovember 11, 2012
    One of the best ice cream I have ever had! They have interesting flavors. Be sure to try samples and the crew is happy to help you!
  • Todd G.
    Todd G.May 4, 2014
    Get anything with the marshmallow fluff topping--a marshmallow toasted over your ice cream with a butane torch. You'll pass out it's so good.
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesSeptember 22, 2013
    When you are in Santa Cruz don't miss Penny's ice-cream,had chocolate raspberry & mascarpone hazelnut scoops; yummy lick lick!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableMay 16, 2012
    Get the mascarpone-kumquat ice cream and pair it with rich, dark chocolate sorbet. Elevate your order with a homemade waffle cone: Read more
  • Randall N.
    Randall NacamuliAugust 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The ice creams are fabulous, current favorites are the mint w/ cacao nib, the caramel, and the raspberry rose sorbet. The Earl Grey bon bon is superb as well.
  • Tanya B.
    Tanya BauerleApril 19, 2014
    The earl grey is soooooo good, one scoop isn't enough. The flavor is light and the texture is amazing ☺️
  • Drew T.
    Drew TiptonOctober 4, 2011
    Wow. All fresh made using local ingredients. Definitely worth a visit! Read more
  • Tamara M.
    Tamara Manik-PerlmanAugust 24, 2014
    Ask for a double kids scoop. It costs only a tiny bit more than a single but you get to pair two tasty flavors.
  • Julia R.
    Julia RheeDecember 18, 2013
    The olive oil chocolate sea salt ice cream paired with the freshly made house donuts. ERMERGARD.
  • Steve T.
    Steve TrefethenJanuary 31, 2014
    Always a treat learning about the new flavors. Had whiskey custard which I really enjoyed.
  • Juna S.
    Juna SongJuly 15, 2012
    Flavors and style remind me of Bi-Rite though taste isn't quite up to par. Make sure to get a waffle cone - it is toasted goodness.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.February 8, 2016
    Candy Cap mushroom ice cream in this cone is the best thing I've eaten
  • Christian H.
    Christian HermanOctober 19, 2013
    Fantastic house made ice cream joint. Burned marshmallow fluff as a topping!
  • Amber
    AmberOctober 23, 2011
    Good and yummy, but not kid friendly. No kid scoop and they won't let you spilt one scoop into two.
  • Ninon ™.
    Ninon ™August 23, 2014
    Fresh ice cream, new flavors all the time. Tahitian vanilla bean is A+++ 💯
  • Allen
    AllenApril 23, 2016
    Earl of grey is great as are the other flavor so tried.
  • Taylor D.
    Taylor DanecoyoteAugust 25, 2015
    Strawberry ice cream was delicious and their cones are very tasteful
  • Chris H.
    Chris HusongJune 5, 2011
    Try the Burnt Cinnamon Icecream And Dark Chocolate Bonbons - Hand made ice cream . Omg
  • Israel K.
    Israel KleinAugust 21, 2014
    Raspberry gingerbread ice cream. Crazy flavor. Great little ice cream place.
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 3, 2015
    Excellent Earl Grey ice cream here...when it's available :P
  • Brenna G.
    Brenna GMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    They're happy to give you a taste of any (or all!) of their flavors, so give the "weird" flavors a try. You're likely to be surprised.
  • whitney b.
    whitney bJuly 18, 2011
    Flavors change daily! Follow them on Facebook or Twitter to get the scoop! Read more
  • Danielle O.
    Danielle OlsenNovember 3, 2013
    Verve coffee-chocolate-pecan ice cream - uber tasty!
  • FiveStars
    FiveStarsMay 30, 2012
    Use your FiveStars card and get 1 free ice cream. Ask for a card if you don't have yours already
  • Ana Clare S.
    Ana Clare SmithDecember 2, 2016
    I love this place! Bourbon Persimmon will always be my favorite
  • Smjerina
    SmjerinaAugust 12, 2011
    Yum is the word! Today the blackberry corn and burnt cinnamon were the fav's.
  • Corinne K.
    Corinne KeuperApril 9, 2013
    Burnt cinnamon is heaven on a spoon.
  • Peter A.
    Peter AllenMay 5, 2012
    Have no fear. Try any flavor. It's all good!
  • Kell D.
    Kell DelaneyApril 29, 2016
    Bitter caramel. OMG!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowenMay 8, 2015
    Try the mint chocolate chip. It's made with actual mint leaves.
  • mikey
    mikeyFebruary 21, 2011
    Tuesday and Thursdays between 4 and 6, get a second single scoop for one penny
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Devout stout. Wow. I don't even like beer! Yummy yummy yum me!
  • Dan B.
    Dan BroersmaJuly 30, 2013
    Very good. Waffle cone was the best!!!
  • Julie T H.
    Julie T HootonJune 10, 2013
    The chocolate sorbet has a huge cocoa kick!
  • Darin S.
    Darin SmithSeptember 2, 2011
    Best ice cream ever. Try the marshmallow fluff
  • Gina
    GinaJuly 30, 2015
    Get the marshmallow fluff on your ice cream.
  • James M.
    James MiaoJanuary 8, 2016
    rotating, uniquely flavored ice cream
  • Eli B.
    Eli BlockJune 1, 2011
    While most of the original flavors seem promising, they are utterly emetic. Even the classic choices taste like baby vomit.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BorguetaOctober 9, 2016
    Chocolate sorbet is the best
  • kumi m.
    kumi monsterFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Marshmallow fluff on everything!!!
  • Timothy C.
    Salted butter toffee
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SAugust 14, 2014
    I wanted to try all of the flavors of the day but ultimately decided on Salted Caramel Brownie in a waffle cone. While quite tasty, the ice cream was a bit icy and overly sweet for my taste.
  • Zoé B.
    Zoé BecquartMay 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the toasted marshmallow fluff!
  • michael t.
    michael toewsOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pink peppercorn and bitter caramel ftw!
  • luke o.
    luke otterstadMay 4, 2016
    Don't get the bon bons. Stick with ice cream cones. Bon bons are tiny and not very good.
  • Lilit B.
    Lilit BabalikhyanJune 26, 2016
    Dark chocolate sorbet 😋
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