Amy's Ice Cream-Sweet Temptation: Taste an Austin, Texas Original

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Amy's Ice Cream-Sweet Temptation: Taste an Austin, Texas Original

Temptation of EveI love ice cream; in fact I would say it is my favorite food in the world. If ice cream had been available in the Old Testament it would have easily replaced the apple as Eve's temptation. History reveals many stories and myths surrounding the tasty treat dating back to Roman times. My favorite tale revolves around a King who wanted a dessert that had both the elements of summer and winter in the same dish. And some intrepid soul invented the hot fudge sundae. (My current personal favorite!) 

Austin, Texas is home to the most original ice cream store on the planet. Amy's Ice Creams was founded by Amy Simons in 1980. She previously worked at another shop called Steve's. Amy's Ice CreamsSteve's establishment was popular for what, at that time, was the completely bizarre & unconventional practice of taking homemade ice cream and smashing different ingredients (cookies, candy, nuts, fruit, etc.) together and serving it in a cone or cup. Seems strange these days when you can buy pints of just about any flavor mixed with just about any ingredient at your local supermarket! Steve's closed and Amy went on to open her own shop and she now has 12 locations in Austin as well as stores in Houston and San Antonio. But don't look for mass growth. At Amy's its all about quality, service and community.

Amy's special secret is no secret at all. They use only the best quality ingredients and don't cut any corners in producing the highest quality ice cream available in the world. Flavors change on a rotating basis and there are also seasonal fruit, berry, and nut ice creams available. In additional to the standard sugar cones, Amy's also makes their own large waffle cones that are tasty by themselves as well as a vehicle for the most luxurious ice cream you will ever eat, taste, nibble, gorge, or devour. Lola

Amy's goes out of the way to employ interesting and compelling folks that know the true meaning of "Keep Austin Weird". The company mascot "Lola" an awesomely funny cow, is prevalent everywhere. Each store has its own whimsical personality and feeling. Children and adults alike are always delighted by the décor, the antics of the employees (there are often displays of ice cream juggling which, I know sounds strange but trust me on this one) and the overall ambience that goes along with the most flavorful, richest, tastiest, creamiest ice cream you will ever put in your mouth.Amy's Mira Vista

MelissaMy favorite location is, obviously, the one closest to my home. Amy's in the Mira Vista shopping center 2765  Bee Caves Road is managed by the wonderfully bright, energetic and cheerful Melissa Hanson. She is a true disciple of the Amy's mentality and a purveyor of all that is delicious in the world of ice cream. In the interest of full disclosure I have to tell you that our son, Morgan, was an employee at this location until he recently left for college. I don't mind admitting how proud his mom and I were that he managed to get hired because it is something of a challenge to get accepted. Amy's looks for employees who are a little different, somewhat interesting, and creative as well as hard working. Although maybe not as significant as being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys or  nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, we were thrilled to know someone on the inside of the Amy's empire. And I admit I may have used the connection to get a few extra sprinkles of "crushin's"!?!

Delicious!

Enough of this talk...  I cannot think of anything but ice cream now so, as soon as I post this I will be driving over to the Mira Vista store for my current favorite obsession. (My hands tremble in anticipation as I hasten to finish typing and I begin to expectantly look forward to the sinfully extravagent indulgence). Pictured at left and served up with good humor and a smile (by my favorite Pit Boss/Scoop at the Mira Vista location) the not so discrete object of my desire. A three scoops Sundae of Mexican vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough and Belgium chocolate (with Oreos crushin's) covered partially with Amy's homemade hot fudge and a half scoop of their warm praline sauce.  This artery clogging concoction will be topped with freshly whipped cream, fresh sliced strawberries, and some mixed nuts. Eaten with a plastic spoon ONLY (to prevent freezing of the tastebuds and enhance the full flavor of the frozen dessert). Okay, I can hear all the health nuts and fussbudgets out there but before you start  preaching,  please remember, life is S H O R T, eat dessert first and... I know, I know.... I will have to run an extra 5 or 7...or, oh whatever, a bunch of extra  miles this week, but it will be worth it. Remember to indulge responsibly...

 

Do yourself a favor; if you are lucky enough to live in or travel to Austin, San Antonio or Houston Texas, visit Amy's and enjoy a world class treat that originated right here in Austin Texas!

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Mandy Andrews
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Russell,

I LOVE AMY'S ICE CREAM!!!  I didn't know the history behind the Amy so that came of interest. My favorite -- Banana split with Mexican Van. hot fudge, strawberries & nuts -- Now i'm craving ice cream.  I'm personally a fan of Westgate & SouthPark Meadowns location -- closer to home:) 

GREAT BLOG -- MA

Oct 13, 2008 09:14 AM #52
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Art I will second that any day! i love ice cream and since I wrote this I have stopped by the Mira Vista location for "quality control" follow up! Thanks again for dropping by and tell Karen I said howdy!

Mandy I am with you, they are all so good that the best stop is the one nearest your home. As I mentioned previously I have had to step up my running to keep from gaining LBS!!!

Oct 13, 2008 11:27 AM #53
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Mandy Thanks again for commenting and yes you may copy and send the link to this post by email to anyone you like. Call me anytime! Russell

Oct 13, 2008 01:31 PM #54
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Their is nothing like good ice cream to cheer up. 

Oct 13, 2008 01:45 PM #55
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Liz Newell

Boy, do you make me soooooo thankful that I live in Austin with Amy's! We only live a couple of blocks from the Mira Vista location which makes it quite easy! The way you describe it makes me wish that it was open now at 5:30AM!

Oct 13, 2008 10:39 PM #56
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Unusual Great name and thanks for stopping by. I bookmarked your site as i may want to refer you to some clients in the coming months!

LIZ Good Morning!! Hey, ice cream for breakfast can be a good thing!

Oct 14, 2008 12:16 AM #57
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I peeked in here to see if my husband bragged about ice cream - I wasn't disappointed - I know him like a book,  Karen

Oct 14, 2008 03:36 AM #58
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Russell Lewis
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Karen That is very funny! My own wife probably knows me all too well too! And I am glad to have gotten to know the two of you!!!

Oct 14, 2008 05:15 AM #59
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Scott Harvey
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Russell, since you posted this article at least half of our office has gained weight. The power of suggestion has driven all of us to our favorite local Amy's locations!

Oct 14, 2008 05:26 AM #60
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Susanne Lee
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Russell, thanks for reminding me about the simple pleasure of Amy's Ice Cream.  It's been a while since I've indulged in  the full fat of their Belgian chocolate and Mexican vanilla.  I remember when the first location opened on Guadalupe at 34th St.(this was when I could eat all the ice cream I wanted without worrying about the repercussions!)  Speaking of indulgences, have you tried a burger at Phil's Ice House on Burnet Rd?  YUMMY!

Oct 14, 2008 03:11 PM #61
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Scott You can add me to the list...my running has NOT kept up with my consumption recently!!

Susanna I also remember when the first store opened, i was living in the Rosedal section of town and it was WAY TO CLOSE to my home! i have not tried Phil's yet but if the burgers are as good as the ice cream, they have a new customer!

Oct 15, 2008 07:13 AM #62
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Ice cream....my fav.  Your localism content is the best.

Oct 16, 2008 03:10 AM #63
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Russell Lewis
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Christina As you can tell, I am a nut for ice cream and I enjoy doing Localism posts more than just about any other thing in my blog! Thanks for stopping by!

Oct 17, 2008 01:44 PM #64
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Our favorite location is the one at South Park Meadows and you are right, the best one is the one that's closest to where you live anywhere in Austin! Amy's is a treasure!

Oct 18, 2008 03:36 PM #65
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That Amy Simons is one smart cookie.  It all sounds & looks delicious.  I would even venture to say any Amy's location would be my favorite.  :)  KM

Oct 19, 2008 09:34 AM #66
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Russell Lewis
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Sheila, that is so cool that Amy's has Austin covered! It is such a great place and I am so glad I can feed my ice cream "jones"!

Kristin Thanks for commenting on so many of my posts, I am a fan of yours too and if I have not already subscribed I will after i comment here! You know that they do have Amy's in San Antonio now...Right? Have a great week!  -RL

Oct 19, 2008 12:57 PM #67
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Jeannette Spinelli
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Russell, I was scrolling through your posts and see that you have taken to blogging like everything thing else you do! Enthusiasm and creativity are strong points with you along with a professional attitude that is a good example to everyone you meet! AND...you bring fun to your work. I love Ice Cream andyou have written such a great description of Amy's I am going to have to go there today and it will be a treat! Thank you!

Oct 21, 2008 11:47 AM #68
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Jeannette Thank you so much for the compliments, coming from you that means a lot because I also have a great respect for you too! As far as Amy's...that place is such a treat for young and old and for everyone in between!

Oct 21, 2008 02:27 PM #69
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Jeannette Spinelli
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Russell, I still think this post is one of your best. That is such a cute picture of your son too!

Nov 21, 2008 06:21 AM #70
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Jeannette Thank you again, I do appreciate the compliment and thanks for the note on the young man! He is coming home for Thanksgiving tonight!

Nov 21, 2008 01:03 PM #71
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