Best Ice Cream Shops in America
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It’s time, America. It’s time to celebrate not only our independence but also our love of ice cream. July is National Ice Cream Month and, Sunday, July 17, is National Ice Cream Day.
Some of us might be planning a whole menu of frozen treats to celebrate the occasion throughout the month. Others may be saving themselves for one special dessert. However you plan to honor ice cream during the month of July, you may want to get the scoop on some of the nation’s best ice cream shops.
Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream, Portsmouth, N.H.
Visitors come from all over New England to try this “premium frozen confection,” as its called on Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream website. The shop came into existence in 1982 and has been serving up some of New Hampshire’s best sweet cream for more than 30 years and have 30 flavors of ice cream, four flavors of frozen yogurt and three flavors of sorbet. Check out their award-winning Yellow Brick Road ice cream, a creamy blend of golden vanilla, roasted pecans, praline pecans and caramel swirls.
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Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco
Bi-Rite hand crafts its ice cream on 18th Street in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District – and right next to its ice cream kitchen is a bakery, where they hand-bake all of the goodies that go into those ice creams, from homemade brownies to toffee and graham crackers. Flavors such as salted caramel, honey lavender and roasted banana have been known to draw lines around the block.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
The mission at Jeni’s is simple: make better ice cream and bring people together. They serve delicious ice creams in sparkling locations, hoping to make people feel good along the way. They currently have scoops shops uniting people in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, California and Missouri.
Woodside Farm Creamery, Hockessin, Del.
Established by the Mitchell Family in 1796, Woodside Farm was a dairy farm for than 165 years before they decided to sell their dairy cows to focus on other crops. However, in 1995, they got back into the business of milking cows again and opened a creamery in 1998, inviting people to stop in and enjoy their premium homemade ice cream – and to say hello to their Jersey cows.
Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn, NY
Celebrating the pastoral, small-town spirit that lives on in Brooklyn, where cows used to graze the grassy hills, is Ample Hills Creamery. Opened in 2011, they started with flavors like salted crack caramel, ooey gooey butter cake, “the munchies" and "snap, mallow, pop!" They call their workers “Amployees” and never take anything too seriously. And while you can stop by and visit their stores, they ship nationwide, too.
Fat Cat Creamery, Houston
Small batch ice cream, but big on flavor. Fat Cat Creamery made from locally sourced ingredients and served in compostable packaging. They started as a nights and weekend gig, sharing a commercial kitchen. Two and a half years later, they opened their own shop in Houston, Texas.
Lick Honest Ice Creams, Austin, Texas
Honest, locally sourced ingredients is what makes Lick good, but seasonal, farm-to-table offerings from Texas are what make them unique. Ever thought you’d yearn for cilantro lime ice cream or dewberry corn cobbler? You will. And if you can’t make it down to their scoop shops, then just have it delivered to your house.
Moomers, Traverse City, Mich.
There’s a great sense of variety at Moomers Homemade Ice Cream – they offer more than 160 different flavors and more than 20 on any given day. And, if your favorite flavor isn’t available, just call ahead and they’ll let you know when it’s ready. Now, that’s service.
Sweet Republic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Hot days call for cool cream, and Sweet Republic is delivering that to its patrons in Scottsdale, Ariz., where it’s known for its artisanal, handcrafted flavors. Sweet treats can be enjoyed by the scoop, in floats, as a sundae or as ice cream sandwiches.
Toscaninis, Cambridge, Mass.
Known as the best ice cream in Boston, Tosci (as its known by the locals) is a purveyor of fine creams, teas and coffees. Hard work and dedication have made this family business a successful one. Try their handcrafted traditional flavors such as chocolate chip or something more exotic such as goat cheese honey walnut.
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