McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has been in business for 70 years, founded in 1949 by a husband and wife couple after running a health food store. They were put off by the artificial ingredients and filler in ice creams and wanted to use seasonal ingredients as well as local milk and cream, fruit, nuts and produce. The couple opted to not use any fillers, stabilizers or preservatives and use the European French Pot process. In December of 1950 they opened their first shop. They sold the shop to another Santa Barbara native in 1962 who expanded the locations and then it sold again in 1975 and lastly in 2012 when it underwent a major renovation of the systems, freezers and equipment. Now in addition to 2 locations in Santa Barbara, they are in 4 other California cities and offer to ship anywhere. Their State St. location felt pretty sterile considering all the ‘love’ this place has. They had cone bowls but they were stale and not sweet enough. The scoops seemed small but it turned out the server thought we wanted two flavors in one scoop, so that made sense. Nevertheless, the ice cream was uninspired with a less than satisfying texture. I do not recommend it.
We both tried Sweet Cream Caramel Brownie as the scooper said it was the most popular. It did not have much caramel flavor and the brownie bits were gooey and too large. The Coffee was a much better flavor with more intensity and pureness of flavor. Toasted Coconut Almond chip was okay but only that.