If you’re crazy about artisan ice cream, and you’re planning a visit to Sandpoint in the Idaho Panhandle, you’ll want to stop at Panhandle Cone & Coffee. Located on the resort town’s main street, this family-owned business features unusual, meltingly good ice cream and another local favorite, award-winning Evans Brothers coffee.
Owners Jason and Stephanie Dillon moved to Sandpoint with their four children a couple of years ago because they were seeking a new life in a small, close-knit community. Formerly a pastor, Jason decided to turn his life-long passion for homemade ice cream into a business. He and Stephanie, who decorated the attractive store, made a commitment to use only the highest-quality, often locally sourced ingredients. For example, their vanilla comes from Ugandan vanilla beans soaked for two months in rum from Milltown, a nearby producer. Honey is purchased from Queen Bee Honey in Clark Fork, several miles north. Their chocolate comes from a Missouri chocolatier called Askinosie.
Depending on the season, you might find inventive flavors like wildwood amaretto and alder; huckleberry jam; honey, cinnamon and frankincense; pumpkin pie; black pepper, pistachio and date; honey chai praline; or classic vanilla or chocolate. panhandleconeandcoffee.com, visitsandpoint.com.