Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

A few weeks ago, Bob and I packed up our Los Angeles apartment of 4 years and moved over the hill to West Hollywood. One huge criteria of a new apartment for us was the walk-ability of the area. We wanted to ditch our cars (in a very car demanding city) as much as possible and walk to the grocery store, farmers market, bars and restaurants. Luckily, we found a great apartment within walking distance to most everything we wanted to do.
Just like with traveling, moving to a new neighborhood brings on a different routine, and we’ve spent the last several weeks exploring our new ‘hood.

The Farmer’s Market at The Grove is about ten minutes away and has already been the site of several Saturday date nights, afternoon fudge stops, and for after work drinks. Yesterday, I found a new and more important reason to go to the Farmer’s Market:

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin flavored desserts are my favorite holiday treats. You can keep your eggnog or spiced cake, I want pumpkin everything! So, when I tried the pumpkin pie ice cream- I was in Fall treat heaven. It was beyond anything I could have expected and it tasted exactly like grandma’s pumpkin pie. SO GOOD!

Bennett’s Ice Cream at the Farmer’s Market makes homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors and is quickly becoming my go-to for a hot LA day. They change their menu by season to feature holiday inspired treats and combinations with seasonal fruit. Currently they are serving pumpkin pie and will soon start with peppermint stick in December.

If you love pumpkin pie and you live in LA- make a dash to Bennett’s Ice Cream and splurge on a few scoops. You will not be disappointed! (And, I say splurge because this place isn’t cheap- although not too expensive- it will run you $3.75 for a scoop on a cone.)

Make your own:

Here are two recipes for pumpkin pie ice cream that look and sound delicious-
The LA Times Kitchen Test Recipe, original recipe here and from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures, original recipe here
. Tracey’s seems a little more beginner friendly and the LA Times Kitchen requires an ice cream maker. If you make them, let us know how they taste!

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns TravelMindset.com and iExplore.com.


  • Yum, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin latte, pumpkin cake. . . yes it’s fall and I love it!!!!

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      it is SO good!!

  • Reply October 25, 2011


    pssh-ah! NoHo gets a 90%-something on it’s walkability (tho I think it counts all 500 7-11’s we have in a 6 block radius as a “supermarket”)

    A few weeks back when it was hot, I wanted ice cream soooooooo bad (was so tempted to walk over to Coldstones!!) but held back…this looks like a great reason to drive over the hill!!!

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      NoHo is great for walking… but just not to that many different things- I feel like now I could walk in any direction and have so many options of food and things to do. We are enjoying the new neighborhood, that is for sure! If pumpkin gets you over the hill, I’ll treat!

  • Reply October 26, 2011


    I love the idea of your new apartment and the ability to walk everywhere you like a lot more attractive than pumpkin anything. But, I guess, Europeans are not all that tuned into pumpkin stuff.

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      I’ll write more posts on our new neighborhood- we are loving it! I’ve been dieting for two weddings lately and the pumpkin pie ice cream was a nice detour- back to travel talk!

  • Reply October 26, 2011


    I’ve never had pumpkin ice cream, but why not? I like pumpkin anything as well!

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      Laurel, if I could send you some, I would- you wouldn’t be disappointed!!

  • Reply October 26, 2011

    RON | Fliptravels.com

    looks divine… seems like perfect with cinnamon rolls! (drool!)

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      OMG- with cinnamon rolls- that would be divine!

  • Reply October 26, 2011

    Turkey's For Life

    Mmmm, that ice cream sounds great. I love to use pumpkin in both savoury and sweet dishes so why not in ice cream?! Yummy.

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      Yeah, I need to try it in more savoury dishes. I usually eat it in a sweet treat- but I do like pumpkin soup!

  • Reply October 26, 2011


    Thank you for the recipes! I was jealous when I saw your cone (I also adore pumpkin and have a board on Pinterest dedicated to my love of the fall).

    Hope you two continue to settle into the new neighborhood nicely — keep sharing fun things about it!

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      I LOVE pinterest! I have lost many hours looking through different people’s pins! We will definitely post more about our new neighborhood!

      • Reply November 7, 2011


        I just got an invite for Pinterest but I haven’t set it up yet! Excited to get involved!

  • Reply October 26, 2011


    Pumpkin pie ice cream sounds quite nice actually.

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      And it taste even better!!

  • Reply October 26, 2011


    The way that you feel about pumpkin flavored treats, I feel the same way about peppermint!! Yum! I think you made the right decision to find a pedestrian friendly area in LA….that traffic is beyond ridiculous!

    • Reply October 27, 2011


      Right?! The traffic is horrible and we are lucky- I think we are driving like 50% less now. My wallet is loving it, and it saves more money to travel with!!

  • Reply October 27, 2011

    Jeremy Branham

    I have to admit that I am not a big fan of pumpkin. Don’t like the pie or the taste that much but give me some ice cream and I might try that!

  • I had a bit of a pumpkin ice cream addiction as a kid, so it’s best if I stay away :)

    Glad to read you are able to use the car less. Good move!

  • Reply November 7, 2011


    I think one of the things that I’ve missed most on my travels is pumpkin-flavored things!

    Now that it’s November (even if I’m spending my days at the beach) I am naturally craving some pumpkin, it’s like it is bred into me as an American!

    Looks and sounds delicious, I’m so happy to hear that you two are enjoying your new ‘hood!

  • Reply November 11, 2011

    Nomadic Samuel

    Pumpking pie ice-cream! Oh my goodness, gobble gobble time :)

  • Reply November 14, 2011


    It’s 11 pm and still this makes me so hungry for pumpkin ice cream I want to go hop on the subway and go in search of some right NOW! Thanks for sharing :) Pumpkin is my favorite fall flavor and ice cream is likely my favorite dessert.

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    looks good (^_^)

  • Guys I’m going to have to call you out here and say that no other ice cream flavour from vanilla should ever be attempted nor eaten! I’ve got big love for the V-stuff.

    Interesting to see how pumpkin translates as an ice-cream though!

  • Reply November 29, 2011


    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream looks and sounds really great! I wonder if I can find some here in Sweden though, hehe. We actually don’t eat that much with pumkin here, or at least I haven’t. But this post definitely makes me want to try some pumpkin flavored goodies, now! :-)

  • Reply November 29, 2011

    Michaela Hall

    Wow! This just made my mouth water. Pumpkin pie tasting ice cream? Sounds like a dream. Tracey’s recipe does seem really easy to follow – thanks so much!

  • Reply December 2, 2011


    mmm sounds yummy. When we went to the Pumpkin Festival in Burlington, VT we expected “pumpkin everything” – we were rather disappointed to just find the pumpkins used as boats to ride down the river in.

  • Reply December 13, 2011

    pop champagne

    I love everything pumpkin so the thought of this just makes my mouth water lol

  • Reply December 15, 2011

    Andrew Graeme Gould

    I love markets of all kinds, so it sounds really good to me to have that one close by. Enjoy your pumpkin pie ice creams and your new location!

  • Reply December 23, 2011

    gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie

    I reckon $3.75 ain’t so bad for that scoop of yumminess!

  • pumpkin? this must really be good then :)

  • Reply January 6, 2012


    I hate to sound corny, but….OMG…. pumpkin pie ICE CREAM??? Two of my favorite foods in the whole world in one? I have always wanted to visit California (LA not so much!) and you just gave me a whole other reason!

  • Reply January 16, 2012

    Cheoy Lee

    Looks amazing! Clever idea.

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