Inflation hits Twin Cities ice cream shops
Inflation has hit a summer staple: ice cream.
What's happening: Multiple Twin Cities shops told Axios that a rise in costs — from flavoring to packaging to spoons — has forced them to raise prices in the last year.
What we found: Axios reviewed prices at 10 Twin Cities ice cream shops and found a standard, single scoop with no upgrades (like cones and toppings) currently averages $4.53, before tax and tip.
- Bebe Zito in Uptown, known for its unique themed flavors, tops the list at $5.50 — up from $4.75 in late 2020, per old menus posted online.
- Meanwhile, soft-serve stand Conny's Creamy Cone, at $2.69 (up from $2.45 in 2021), is even cheaper than a south Minneapolis Dairy Queen ($3.39).
What they're saying: Cold Front owner Kyle Farizel said they've only had to raise prices by "a few cents," but he added, "our cost of goods are still increasing quite a bit."
- Cups alone have doubled in price.
Two Scoops Eatery in St. Paul said its $4 scoop will go up soon due to increased distributor costs.
Thought bubble: I do consider myself a Twin Cities ice cream devotee. But La Michoacana Purépecha's homemade fresh fruit popsicles might have converted me.
- The best part: One popsicle is $3.62 with tax.
Of note: McDonald's remains the lowest option we could find, at $1.49 for a vanilla cone.
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