Mar 4, 2024 - News

Taste test: Stella Jean's spring flavors

Stella Jean's ice cream

The kid-sized scoop at the original Stella Jean's in University Heights. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

Stella Jean's is back with new seasonal scoops.

Dig in: The San Diego-based, small-batch ice cream shop dropped its spring flavors last week, so, obviously, I had to perform a taste test.

What to try: Burnt honey and goat cheese with hints of thyme, smoked salt, coconut ash and sweet cream was 10/10.

  • I'm a big fan of savory sweets, so I went for that flavor with a bite of the homemade waffle cone. All together, it tasted like a gourmet cinnamon toast crunch cereal.
  • Second place: blood orange and pink peppercorn sorbet, which had a fruity but slightly bitter taste.

Also new: Strawberry basque cheesecake, which was richly sweet. And calamansi creamsicle a nostalgic twist of Madagascar vanilla, coconut milk and calamansi (a citrus fruit from the Philippines).

Pro tip: If you're indecisive like me, get the split scoop for $5.75.

Fun fact: In 2019, Stella Jean's landed on USA Today's list of top 10 U.S. ice cream parlors.

If you go: The original shop in University Heights is next to the owners' Pop Pie Co., which specializes in sweet and savory pies (yes, that's also my taste).

  • Point Loma and Pacific Beach are also combined shops, while the Kensington and Carlsbad shops are exclusively Stella Jean's.
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