Would you like to enjoy a good ice cream in the Old Town of Annecy under the shady arcades on a hot summer day? During the summer season, the ice cream shops offer delicious ice creams. But how to choose the best one?
Should you choose an artisanal ice cream or a home-made one?
The difference between industrial ice cream and home-made ice cream is well understood. But what is the difference between a home-made ice cream and an artisanal ice cream? Since 2008, the rule is precise: only an artisan ice-cream maker registered in the register of craft trades can produce artisan ice-cream. To do so, he must start with raw products and process them.
For homemade ice cream, it must also be produced from unmixed products, but above all it must be made on the spot (with a tolerance for itinerant vendors). Apart from these regulatory aspects, the consumer knows that eating homemade or artisanal strawberry ice cream gives the taste sensation of eating the fruit. An industrial vanilla ice cream will contain much less vanilla than an artisanal product. Furthermore, the consumer attaches great importance to the use of local products in the composition of ice cream.
To recognise artisanal ice cream, the label“Glace artisanales de France” is a good guarantee. Another trick is to look at the colour of the pistachio ice cream, it should be beige or cream. If it is green, the dyes have gone into it. One last tip: the ice creams that stick out a lot from the trays in the shop windows are often made from industrial products.
Where are the best ice cream shops in Annecy?
Most of Annecy’s ice cream shops are in the Old Town on Rue Sainte-Claire. You can stop at Le Palais des Glaces, Chez Poustache, Glacier Perrière or Glacier des Alpes. The latter has been an artisanal ice-cream maker for over 35 years and is easily recognisable by the long queue in front of its small shop window. These five establishments will offer you delicious flavours with very good cones. They are sure values known and recognized by the greedy inhabitants of Annecy.
You can also discover them in most of the shopping streets. Tourists and locals alike usually eat them to go, although large cups are also served on the terrace. The number of flavours is very important, the most difficult being to choose. On the banks of the lake, on the Pâquier, on the beach of Albigny, street vendors propose home-made ice creams of great quality often produced for generations by the same families.
Finally, to whet your appetite, here is our selection of the flavours offered by Annecy’s ice cream shops.
Ice creams : Roasted almonds, Blackcurrant violet, Coffee, Cinnamon, Caramel salted butter, White chocolate, Cookies, Fleur de lait, Génépi,Banana, Marron glacé, Mint chocolate, Honey, Hazelnut, Coconut, Nougat, Nutella, Pistachio, Rum raisin, Speculoos, Stracciatella, Tiramisu, Vanilla and Yogurt.
Sorbets : Chocolate, Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, Tangerine, Mango, Melon, Blueberry, Grapefruit, Passion and Pear.