While Memorial Day weekend might have kicked off the summer, it wouldn’t have been official in Kennebunkport unless it was celebrated with ice cream. But since I missed the grand opening celebration of Rococo Artisan Ice Creamlast week, I decided to pay them a visit after lunch on Saturday. Granted, we could not have asked for better weather at the end of May, so that really got me in
the mood for a cup. Located right on Spring Street, just down the street from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast, this new shop is certainly not your average ice cream parlor. Since they are so new, there’s no sign outside, but the name “Rococo” is emblazoned on the window in an elegant and very Kennebunkport fashion. Once inside, the shop bears no resemblance to its former identity as a barber shop, as it is now open and airy.
As many of you know, I am a big eater. And by that, I don’t mean a foodie (although I do indeed think of myself as a quality connoisseur) – I just eat a lot! So I must admit that I was disappointed to find that their smallest size clocked in at a whopping $4.50. Fortunately, though, a large lunch ensured that I wouldn’t be tempted to order the next size up. And thank goodness! The richness of their concoctions meant that I genuinely struggled to finish the last few spoonfuls. The quality was excellent, without a trace of icy shards – yes, this stuff was fresh! But, truthfully, the best part of the experience at Rococo was the inventive flavors, which will undoubtedly keep me coming back for more. Their signature strawberry and basil blend was invigorating, but not my cup of tea (don’t take it personally, because I don’t like any fruit flavored dairy products). As expected, vanilla and chocolate were available, but it was the other unique blends that were major hits – like Chai Cardamon Ginger Trifecta. There wasn’t a single flavor I didn’t enjoy, and can’t wait to go back for seconds (and thirds, and fourths….). That said, as I walked back to the Maine Stay Inn, I realized one way they could improve – lids! Yes, lids. They don’t have any! And that means none to take home for those unlucky folks who decided to stay behind. But next time you’re searching for ice cream in downtown Kennebunkport, look no further than Rococo Artisan Ice Cream for a delectable and indulgent delight!