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Ice Cream Summer: Bennett's

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Would you believe that it's our fifth week of ice cream tasting, and we're still as giddy as a kid in a candy store when we get in front of those freezers full of creamy, sweet goodness? This is why we feel slightly apologetic for having put the young lady behind the counter at Bennett's this weekend through her paces with our eager sampling and mild line of questioning. Bennett's, located in the north east corner of the Farmer's Market, has been family owned since 1963, and they make their own award-winning delicious flavors of ice cream on the premises. Typical for a tourist trap locale like the Farmer's Market, the cost of a cone is a little over the top, with a single scoop costing $3.00. We sampled our way through the case, starting with a couple of their most popular, like the coffee ice cream with caramel and banana concoction called "Fancy Nancy" (we regret not asking how it got its name), and "Choffee Choffee" which was another coffee based flavor with chocolate covered coffee beans in the mix. Both flavors were tasty, not too rich and not too sweet. We took a taste of the lighter and tangy Key Lime, which is one of our top pie picks, and makes for a decent ice cream taste, although not as thrilling as we'd hoped. The Green Tea was a bit nondescript, so we'd advise to head to Mashti Malone's for the more exotic tastes. Cherry Vanilla was a fantastic offering, with the cherry part thankfully not crossing over into the medicinal taste, as cherry can so often do. But we settled on a flavor we confess we've had there before, and a flavor that we don't often order: Butter Pecan. Our co-taster (who dove eagerly into her Mocha Almond Fudge the second it was passed to her) was happy with her choice, but had a little flavor envy. We tried to balance the melting danger with enjoying every lick; Bennett's ice cream is quite good, and is worth savoring! A trip to Bennett's can definitely serve as the upside to a trip to the Farmer's Market, if being there isn't necessarily your cup of tea. Final rankings so far in LAist's Ice Cream Summer have this spot pulling a respectable 3rd place!

5. Lickity Split
4. Coldstone Creamery
3. Bennett's Ice Cream at Farmer's Market
2. Fosselman's
1. Mashti Malone's

Bennett's (at Farmer's Market) 6333 West 3rd Street (323) 939-6786