When Wise Acre Eatery replaced a former frozen custard stand, chef Beth Fisher didn't ignore the leftover custard-making machines. Her tangy organic version — there's always chocolate and vanilla — is best enjoyed in the audacious samplers for two ($10) or four ($15), which boast a flurry of irresistible toppings (bacon peanut brittle!) and sauces (rhubarb caramel!).

5401 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., 612-354-2577, www.wiseacreeatery.com

At World Street Kitchen, chef/co-owner Sameh Wadi doesn't shy away from his weakness for soft-serve ($5). Choose from a smooth, custard-inspired sundae that's all salted caramel, chocolate, marshmallow and smoked almonds, or a colorful mango-passion fruit version (vegan, using coconut and soy milks) crowned with an apricot chutney and crunchy puffed wild rice.

2743 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8855, www.eatwsk.com

Don't even think of leaving Pizzeria Lola without indulging in chef/owner Ann Kim's sublime vanilla soft-serve ice cream, splashed with fruity olive oil and a sea salt garnish ($5). Yes, it's that good.

5557 Xerxes Av. S., Mpls., 612-424-8338, wwwpizzerialola.com