National Ice Cream Day is July 19th

The Taco Stand – Paletas (courtesy photo)

Calling all ice cream fiends and gelato aficionado! It’s National Ice Cream Day on July 19th, and despite the current circumstances, restaurants are still serving up crave-worthy ice cream creations on their patios, and even some for takeout and delivery. Check out where you can safely enjoy some of the city’s best frozen delicacies!

The Taco Stand will offer $2 Paletas this National Ice Cream Day – the perfect finale to a meal from this San Diego favorite. Flavors include pistachio, cookies and cream, strawberry and coconut! Enjoy your selection on one of their open patios at the Encinitas and North Park locations, or grab yours to-go at the Downtown and La Jolla outposts.

Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is the idyllic coastal spot to indulge in a one-of-a-kind frozen creation. Get your hands on their Bourbon Pecan Gelato, featuring smoked sugar, spiced pecans, whipped crème fraiche, bourbon caramel and candied bacon. Crafted to perfection by Union’s talented team and served to you on their extended patio space, this socially distanced experience won’t disappoint.

Enjoy an ocean breeze when you take advantage of Pacific Beach AleHouse’s outdoor dining options! The Sky Deck lends the perfect ocean view to accompany their Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich. Prepared with cookie dough chocolate chip ice cream, pecans, mint maraschino cherry sauce, chocolate sauce and whipped cream, this ice cream masterpiece is the distraction we all need right now.

Head to Mavericks Beach Club in Pacific Beach if you’re looking for some of those ice cream truck classics, minus the ice cream truck. Take a trip down memory lane with a Drumstick, Bomb Pop or even a Choco Taco! Enjoy the great outdoors as you dine on their patio, or take your Ice Cream Day delight home with you – either way, treat yo’self!

If Mochi is more your jam, make Tajima’s Convoy and Mercury locations your go-to for the occasion. Gorge on a unique selection of flavors including Green Tea, Passionfruit, Salted Caramel, Thai Tea and other delicious options. Patio dining, pick-up and delivery are all available at these locations, so you don’t have to miss out on this special day!

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Afters Ice Cream is partnering with Eclipse (creators of plant-based dairy products) to launch new plant-based flavors at all of their 28 locations starting on July 19th.

To celebrate the launch and National Ice Cream Day, Afters is offering a complimentary scoop of Eclipse ice cream with any ice cream purchase, available exclusively for takeout. Afters will also be introducing a plant-based version of their signature milky bun to support the launch.

Afters Ice Cream is offering two 100% plant-based flavors made using Eclipse’s base:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Flavored Ice Cream with Afters Plant-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies, chocolate chips and a chocolate swirl
  • Java Chip: Espresso Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips

Prices for these new flavors vary by store, but will match the prices of Afters’ dairy offerings. A single scoop ranges from $4.00-$4.75, a double scoop $6.00-$6.75, and Afters’ signature Milky Bun (an ice cream-stuffed warm donut) also ranges from $6.00-$6.75.

As background, Eclipse initially debuted their acclaimed plant-based ice cream late last year, partnering with beloved ice cream brands such as OddFellows in NYC and Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream in San Francisco. Since then Eclipse has continued to expand with additional foodservice partnerships, and their first-of-its-kind ice cream base (made from a blend of plants including cassava, corn, oats and potato), is now used to create milkshakes, softserve, gelato and more in a variety of flavors at locations across the country. Additionally, Eclipse recently launched their own signature ice cream flavors for national shipping through their website.

About Eclipse Foods:

Backed by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Gmail creator Paul Buchheit, and former Dreyer’s executive Eric Patel, Eclipse Foods is co-founded by two alternative protein experts, Aylon Steinhart and Thomas Bowman. Steinhart is one of the top experts in the alternative protein industry and was previously at the Good Food Institute, the leading non-profit in the plant-based space. Bowman was a chef at Michelin-starred restaurants before becoming Director of Product Development at JUST, where he created and scaled some of the best selling plant-based products in the world such as JUST Mayos, Cookies, and Dressings.

Eclipse uses a unique blend of plants to replicate milk on a molecular level, creating a true dairy replacement that tastes, feels, and functions just like conventional dairy, without the health, environmental and welfare issues. The process was crafted in a kitchen, yet is completely revolutionary using extremely common and sustainable ingredients like corn and cassava to create milk that is indistinguishable from traditional dairy.  With their first product, Eclipse is using their milk to create a liquid ice cream base that spins in any type of ice cream machine, and makes everything from soft serve to gelato to frozen ice cream pints and more.  Since Eclipse milk and ice creams are made without soy, nuts, coconut, wheat, GMO’s, gums or stabilizers, it’s also a much cleaner product that is free from common allergens.

About Afters Ice Cream:

Afters Ice Cream is a one-of-a-kind dessert experience with a unique story. Created by its founders to revolutionize the ice cream market, Afters Ice Cream has made its mark in pop culture history as a pioneer in the emerging food trend scene, drawing unprecedented crowds in search for their unique, premium product and experience. While Afters Ice Cream was able to capitalize on the trend upon opening in Fountain Valley, California in February 2014 with its handcrafted ice cream and signature ice cream stuffed warm donut called the “Milky Bun™,” its strong, consistent brand identity embodying a sense of culture, lifestyle and belonging in the age of social media is what has allowed Afters to break through the old-fashion ice cream shop market and develop as a formidable and revolutionary business beyond the trend and the industry. Independently owned and operated, Afters Ice Cream now has 28 locations in Southern California with several additional planned openings in 2020. For more information, please visit

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