Critic’s Corner

Two Roosters Ice Cream


S. Smith

Working diligently behind the counter, the employees of Two Roosters Ice Cream make all their ice cream from scratch. Overhanging the store is their menu, which features one-of-a-kind flavors, like Coffee and Cream Swirl, Blackberry Hibiscus, and Sola Cinnamon Donut.

Sydney Smith, Staff Reporter

 In 2014, Jared Plummer was driving a Ford F-100 truck attached to a vibrant blue trailer to special events around Raleigh. Three years later, Plummer opened an in-store location with his wife, Kelsey. Two Roosters Ice Cream is now a hit among locals, and the unique array of flavors, the welcoming employees, and the sense of community customers will experience the moment they step foot in the door make for a comfortable, neighborly dining spot.

 Before he acquired his food truck, Plummer was tinkering with his now highly praised ice cream at his grandma’s house. It featured two metal wall hangings in the shape of a rooster on the front porch, hence the name of the restaurant. When he started serving his unheard of flavors at dinner parties, people told him he should consider opening an ice cream business. “It was sort of a hobby that turned into an obsession that turned into a job,” Jared explained. His favorite aspects of managing his store are the cohesive, close-knit staff, which according to Plummer, “allows me to express creativity with ice cream.”

 A trademark of Two Roosters Ice Cream is their exclusive, one-of-a-kind menu. From Roasted Strawberry and Honey to Banana Nutella Waffle to Maple Cinnamon Latte with Candied Walnuts, Two Roosters offers every deliciously obscure flavor imaginable. Take it from senior Kieran Bailey, who said, “Two Roosters is easily the best ice cream in Raleigh. I’ve never seen the flavors they offer anywhere else.” One of their most popular flavors is Butterscotch Haystack, a delicious take on one of Plummer’s favorite childhood treats that includes peanuts, butterscotch, and peanut butter. The menu features monthly rotating flavors as well as a series of flavors that remain all year long. Every cup of ice cream is made from scratch using machinery inside the store, so everything you eat at Two Roosters is fresh. Plus, all of the milk and cream used to make Two Roosters’ acclaimed flavors of ice cream is local, originating in Homeland Creamery in Julian, North Carolina, and NC State Dairy here in Raleigh. Many of the flavors on the menu also include ingredients from other local businesses. For instance, the Sola Cinnamon Donut flavor is made from real, freshly made donuts from the coffeehouse in the same shopping center, and Plummer purchases thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies to make his Girl Scout Mint flavor. “All the ingredients we’re buying right in our neighborhood,” he added.

 Jared said his mission statement has “been the same all along.” He continued, “Really, I try to keep it simple and boil it down to two things: Treat people how you want to be treated, and make ridiculously good ice cream.”

 Two Roosters Ice Cream is open from 12:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. from Tuesday to Thursday, 12:00 P.M. to 10 P.M. on Friday and Saturday, and from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. on Sunday. To take a look at their current flavors, visit Try Two Roosters Ice Cream in the Greystone Village Shopping Center on Lead Mine Road next to Gonza Tacos y Tequila, or catch them during baseball season at their stand at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in left field.