Before Lake Highlands Creamery found its Audelia Road home, and even before Sean Brockette delivered ice cream door-to-door, the frozen dessert mastermind held food competitions with his neighbor Mike Middleton.
When Middleton concocted homemade ice cream for Brockette to sample one day, they found consensus: It tasted terrible. Brockette recalled how his grandmother made the sweet treat and how he had prepared it himself working at Steve’s Ice Cream in Casa Linda in high school. He decided to give chocolate-peanut-butter ice cream a try. It received rave reviews, eventually becoming a Lake Highlands Creamery mainstay.
Since then, the self-proclaimed ice-cream nerd has teamed up with Tom Goodale to transform his passion project into a full-time business. After selling products at local events and managing a delivery service, the creamery discovered its permanent location adjacent to pizza eatery Atomic Pie in the Lakeridge Village Shopping Center.
“We had a lot of trouble finding just the right place in just the right spot,” Brockette says.
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He was determined to find a place in the neighborhood, and the 11-year resident of Lake Highlands was lucky to land a shop within walking distance of his own home.
“Lake Highlands presents a lot of opportunities for small business owners than anywhere else in Dallas,” he says.
Each ice cream flavor is homemade using only cream, milk, egg yolks and sugar, and the company even owns a pasteurizer that monitors the temperature of the fresh ingredients.
“I’m not trying to be a snob, but I want people to come here and have a completely different experience than anywhere else,” he says.
And that mindset is exactly why the ice cream’s names are as experimental as their flavors. Take Steve Jobs, for instance, the name of the creamery’s apple sorbet with Nerd candy. Or Sweet ‘Nilla, inspired by the rapper identity Brockette’s cousin coveted in the sixth grade.
“You really can’t screw up ice cream,” he says.
Lake Highlands Creamery
9660 Audelia Road
Ambiance: Classic ice cream parlor
Price Range: $4-$10
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Did You Know: A 3-gallon tub of watermelon sorbet is made with 4 pounds of Jolly Rancher candy so that it has just the right level of tart.
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