Seattle, WA: Lick Pure Cream,The Saddest Tasty Ice Cream in the World
Monday, March 2, 2015

The Scoop! Blog team recently went on a second trip to Seattle to investigate ice cream shops that we missed on our first trip last year. Along the way, we had heard rumors of a tasty ice cream booth tucked inside a pizza shop. After some investigation, we discovered Lick Pure Cream. Founded in 2012 by Michael Darby, Lick's ownership was recently transferred to the owners of the supporting pizza shop, Zaw. With that said, we were assured that Michael still makes all the ice creams.

What we first noticed about Lick wasn't its ice cream, so much as its unusual surroundings. Tucked into a corner of a run-down pizza shop, Lick gives an impression of glory days past. Our server, the cashier of the adjoining pizza restaurant, did not personify the typical exuberant scoopista. While professional, he didn't know much about the ice creams he was serving or demonstrate any passion for the art.

The scoops we tried were quite good. We found the texture to be satisfyingly dense, and it's clear that Michael is striving for excellence. One flavor that stood above the rest on the day we visited was the Mango Mascarpone, which had a tasty, strong Mango flavor. For the other flavors we tried, they were all well-constructed, with the occasional forgivable imbalance. For example, we found the lemon meringue a tad bit too sweet.

All-in-all, we found Lick Pure Cream to be tasty, and we'd visit again. However, we caution our readers that while Scoop! doesn't base its reviews on environment, Lick is to date the saddest ice cream shop we have visited.

Flavor Tasting Notes


Creme brulee flavor. Just ok. Toffee notes. Weird aftertaste. Dense'ish but not as dense as other local spots.

Lemon Meringue

Good lemon flavor. A tad seeet. Good texture. Reasonably dense.

Mango Mascarpone

Excellent flavor, and the best one we tried at Lick. Strong mango note.


Fudge caramel vanilla. Fresh Brownies inside.

Final Score: 6.5/10

Lick Pure Cream

434 Yale Ave N Seattle, WA 98109