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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt

photo of the outside of Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & YogurtHandel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt recently opened a location in San Diego. The ice cream shop, which has been operating since 1945, has more than 50 flavors of ice cream on its rotating menu, as well as other ice cream shop classics like banana splits, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, hurricane shakes and more.

We’ve never been to a Handel’s before, but when we passed by it the other day, something about the place just beckoned me to come in.
photo of the chalkboard menu at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
Once inside, we were faced with a dizzying amount of flavor choices, many of which I’d never seen before. The staff was friendly and patient even though it was quite busy and after sampling a few, we made our choices.

S’mores Ice Cream in a Waffle Cone
photo of a S'mores Ice Cream in a Waffle Cone
For each of the ice cream cones, you can choose a single or double which refers to flavors, not scoops. A single flavor still comes with a towering three scoops.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream cookie sandwich
photo of Birthday Cake Ice Cream cookie sandwich
The ice cream cookie sandwiches here are served with giant Oreos. I got mine with birthday cake ice cream. It was quite hot that day, so this melted pretty quickly. It’s unfortunate because it was such a pretty ice cream, with swirls of light blue mixed in. Next time, I’ll probably get the birthday cake ice cream with a cone.
close-up photo of Birthday Cake Ice Cream cookie sandwich

Strawberry Margarita with Sprinkles Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone
photo of Strawberry Margarita with Sprinkles Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone
I had my eye on the dipped waffle cones, so I also ordered this one. The combination was a tad too sweet for me, but I love that they offer such unique flavors like strawberry margarita. And I really enjoyed the chocolate dipped waffle cone.

photo of the menu
Overall, we had a great time here. The shop is just steps away from the beach, has a huge selection of flavors and a very friendly staff. There was constantly a line, but it moved very quickly.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
multiple locations in the US
90 North Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

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6 comments on “Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt”

  1. I would to try their coffee chocolate chip ocecream! So many good flavors to choose from.

  2. We drove by this last weekend… I didn’t realize it was a new addition! Now I want to go back and get ice cream!

  3. We have 2 Handels by us where I live and it is our fave place for ice cream. YOU HAVE TO TRY Graham Central Station. BY FAR the best.

    • thanks for the rec! I’m so excited this place has opened and I can’t wait to make my way through the flavors!

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