- With the help of Yelp, we’ve compiled a list of the best ice cream shop in every state.
- The Paleta Bar in New Mexico offers gourmet Mexican popsicles dipped in chocolate and covered with candy or fruit.
- Florida’s Ice Dreammm Shop has a Chocolate Toffee Bacon flavour.
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Nothing compares to a good, old-fashioned scoop of ice cream.
Ice cream shops around the US are putting their own twist on everyone’s favourite frozen treat. In Vermont, Bragg Farm Sugar House & Gift Shop is well-loved for its Maple Creemee, a maple syrup-infused frozen custard.
With so much ice cream and so little time, it can be hard to pick a dessert destination – but with the help of Yelp, we’ve compiled a list of the best ice cream shop in every state.
ALABAMA: Chocolate Corner & Ice Cream in Gulf Shores
Alabama’s Chocolate Corner & Ice Cream is a local favourite for its ice cream, sundaes, and fudge.
“I had a brownie sundae with caramel swirl ice cream, and it was a wonderful combination of salty and sweet. Wonderful service, too!” Said Yelp user Janet S.
ALASKA: Wild Scoops in Anchorage
Wild Scoops’ special flavours are made with local ingredients. The shop’s Holy Molé flavour, for example, consists of ancho-guajillo pepper ice cream and dark chocolate flecks.
“5/5 [stars] for using unique, mostly Alaskan (local) ingredients, having dairy alternative choices available, and always having friendly staff when slammed with customers!” Said Yelp user Kaitlin M.
ARKANSAS: Loblolly Creamery in Little Rock
Loblolly Creamery always has 30 ice cream flavours in stock – eight of which are vegan, according to its website.
“I like the ambiance, the staff, and of course, the unique flavours are always fun to try. My favourite is Coconut Vanilla sorbet, which is not too heavy,” said Yelp user Ali K.
ARIZONA: Novel Ice Cream in Phoenix
Novel Ice Cream has all sorts of colourful scoops, plus the Dough Melt, which is the shop’s signature version of an ice cream sandwich.
CALIFORNIA: Paradis Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles
Paradis offers classic scoops plus ice cream sundaes and milkshakes that were created with the dessert-enthusiast in mind.
COLORADO: Sweet Cow in Denver
People who love the combination of salty and sweet will appreciate Sweet Cow’s pretzel ice cream cone.
CONNECTICUT: UConn Dairy Bar in Storrs Mansfield
“What can I say? UConn produces the best ice cream in Eastern Connecticut. The price is right and the atmosphere is fun,” said Yelp user Antonio D.
WASHINGTON, DC: Bon Matcha
“The ice cream was so smooth, and the matcha flavour was on spot for me. Would definitely recommend stopping here if you’re in DC,” said Yelp user Rachel C.
DELAWARE: Vanderwende’s in Bridgeville
At this Delaware favourite, visitors can enjoy their ice cream with beautiful farm views.
“I love how you can eat your ice cream while overlooking the cows munching grass peacefully in the pasture,” said Yelp user Alexa M.
FLORIDA: Ice Dreammm Shop in Lutz
Ice Dreammm shop specialises in “small batches of unique ice cream,” with flavours such as chocolate bacon toffee, rum haven (for ice-cream lovers ages 21 and over), and Cookies N Dream.
GEORGIA: Scream’n Nuts in Alpharetta
Scream’n Nuts is Georgia’s destination for artisan ice cream and doughnuts. Some of the shop’s specialties are the Loaded Doughnut Shake, a blend of doughnuts and ice cream, and the Scream’n Nut, “a hot sealed doughnut stuffed with ice cream.”
HAWAII: Island Cream Co in Lahaina
“The ice cream is definitely creamier than regular ice cream, but not quite gelato … it’s just good. We’ve been here twice already on this trip, and both times I had a sundae. They make their own hot fudge, too!” Said Yelp user Ronny T.
IOWA: The Classic Deli and Ice Cream Shoppe in Brooklyn
Many Yelp users recommended pairing this shop’s ice cream scoops with a piece of its flaky, homemade pie.
IDAHO: The STIL in Boise
Many Yelp users raved about The STIL’s Fresh Powder flavour, a combination of vanilla and cream cheese. Other users mentioned the shop’s variety of boozy ice cream options.
“We ended up getting two scoops, as the flavours were way too good to only do one. It was fresh and packed with flavour and didn’t feel like it melted as soon as you put it in your mouth,” said Yelp user Maddy F.
ILLINOIS: Bistro 6050 in Chicago
Among Bistro 6050’s handcrafted ice cream flavours are Matcha Green, Ferrero Rocher, creamy coconut, jackfruit, and more.
INDIANA: Nicey Treat in Indianapolis
Indiana’s Nicey Treat offers homemade popsicles with a mix of vegan and dairy options. Some of its flavours include avocado, frozen hot chocolate, mango ginger, and pink lemonade.
KANSAS: Mass Street Soda in Lawrence
This Kansas shop is known for its soda selection and ice cream floats.
“It’s always fun to try a new flavour [of soda], or to get that unique soda made into a float (which is definitely the best part),” said Yelp user Maggie T.
KENTUCKY: Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge in Lexington
Kentucky’s top-rated ice cream shop offers a mouth-watering list of signature flavours, including bourbon & honey, Kentucky blackberry & buttermilk, and strawberry balsamic sorbet.
LOUISIANA: Sweet Handkraft in Metairie
Sweet Handkraft’s fresh flavours and fun aesthetics have wowed locals and visitors alike.
“Whether you’re craving something cold, or even a warm bubble waffle, they have it all, and it’s pretty darn tasty!” Said Yelp user Lena N.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Ice Cream Barn in Swansea
“We went in and the first thing I noticed was the amazing smell of freshly made waffle cones,” said Yelp user Carol W. “Best smell in the world.”
MARYLAND: Daily Scoop in Pasadena
“All the ice cream is homemade and is as creamy as it should be. The scoopers give generous scoops and don’t skimp,” said Yelp user David G.
MAINE: Rococo Ice Cream in Kennebunkport
From strawberry basil to blueberry Chipotle, Rococo Ice Cream has one-of-a-kind flavours (including sorbet) for all taste buds.
MICHIGAN: The Tribune Ice-Cream & Eatery in Northport
This quaint Michigan eatery is well-loved by locals. Many Yelp users recommend the toasted coconut-flavored ice cream.
MINNESOTA: Flapdoodles Homemade Ice Cream in Rochester
With flavours like Butter Brickle, White Chocotella, Puppy Chow, and lemon cheesecake, it’s no wonder Flapdoodles is a state-wide favourite.
MISSOURI: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Kansas City
“I’ve tried several of their fun flavours, but to me, [its] classics shine the brightest. Particularly, the strawberry ice cream on a toasty, humid Midwestern day is unbeatable,” said Yelp user Adam S.
MISSISSIPPI: Area 51 Ice Cream in Hernando
“This is honestly the most amazing ice cream that I’ve ever had. I got the bourbon butter pecan, and it is the perfect blend!” Said Yelp user Diana W.
MONTANA: Sweet Peaks in Whitefish
At Sweet Peaks, ice-cream lovers can try seasonal scoops like Campfire S’mores, Raspberry Mint Chilli Sherbert, and Banana Acai Sorbet.
NORTH CAROLINA: Surfin’ Spoon in Nags Head
North Carolina’s Surfin’ Spoon offers frozen yogurt and ice cream sandwiches. Yelp users have raved about the shop’s wide selection of vegan options.
NORTH DAKOTA: Scoop N Dough Candy Co in Fargo
Scoop N Dough offers edible cookie dough, ice cream, sundaes, and other dessert combinations.
“I love the style of this place. The cookie dough was great, but ice cream with it is highly recommended,” said Yelp user B G.
NEBRASKA: Coneflower Creamery in Omaha
“Whenever I come, I typically get a cookies and cream ice cream sandwich. The sandwich is made by two chocolate chip cookies and your choice of ice cream. You have two scoops to play around with, so you can get two different flavours if you choose!” Said Yelp user Saif S.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Bailey’s Bubble in Wolfeboro
Bailey’s Bubble offers high-quality scoops, sundaes, and floats in flavours ranging from classics like Moose Tracks and cookie dough to black raspberry and peppermint stick.
NEW JERSEY: Halo Farm in Trenton
“The ice cream flavour options alone are a reason to go to Halo Farm! The ice cream is made fresh, has the perfect texture and fabulous taste … a lot of locals frequent this place to buy milk and ice cream,” said Yelp user Maulik M.
NEW MEXICO: The Paleta Bar in Albuquerque
The Paleta Bar is known for its gourmet Mexican ice pops, or paletas, which can be dipped in chocolate and covered with candy or fruit.
“[I] love how you can customise your entire paleta, and they don’t skimp on the chocolate or toppings! We ordered the Hazelnut with dark chocolate and almonds, and the cookies and cream with chocolate [and] Oreos,” said Yelp user Cryetti C.
NEVADA: Scoups Ice Cream & Soup Bar in Carson City
“It’s hard to find good, old fashioned, hard-scooped ice cream these days, and Scoups definitely delivers,” said Yelp user Kelly E.
NEW YORK: Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead
This iconic Long Island ice cream shop has been a local favourite for decades. Yelp users rave about the homemade ice cream and decadent flavours offered at Snowflake.
OHIO: Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cleveland
Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream is a northern Ohio favourite. The well-loved shop has flavours inspired by local spots, as well as delectable-sounding desserts like the Cleveland brownie sundae.
OKLAHOMA: Rose Rock Microcreamery in Tulsa
“I’m obsessed with the vegan chocolate flavour! It tastes like a smooth, melted almond joy candy bar. There are always several vegan options. For those who can do dairy, the salted caramel is unbeatable,” said Yelp user Holly P.
OREGON: Cloud City Ice Cream in Portland
Cloud City Ice Cream has a diverse flavour selection (Earl Grey Blueberry ice cream, anyone?) that visitors have raved about on Yelp.
“The batches of ice cream look hand-mixed, and the ice cream itself is smooth, velvety, and has a great consistency,” said Yelp user Derek I.
PENNSYLVANIA: Arctic Scoop in Philadelphia
“They make their own ice cream, aromatic Hong-Kong egg waffles, and coconut bowls with sticky rice. They also make an array of homemade waffle cones with unique flavours, such as lavender and orange creamsicle,” said Yelp user Heather O.
RHODE ISLAND: Tricycle Ice Cream in Providence
Rhode Island’s top-rated ice cream shop is best-known for its picture-perfect ice cream sandwiches, but it also offers other refreshing treats, such as ice cream “tacos” and push pops.
The shop features new flavours each week. Past favourites from Yelp reviewers were Fruity Pebbles, Kyoto Mocha, and Sweet Cream.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Melt in North Myrtle Beach
Melt’s craft ice cream is loved by locals and visitors alike in the Myrtle Beach area.
Yelp user Jeewoo K. wrote in a review that Melt was one of her “favourite ice cream places ever” and recommended the Lavender and Lemon Crunch flavour.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Stensland Family Farms in Sioux Falls
This family owned creamery is known for its fresh, handmade ice cream treats.
“Delicious farm-to-table dairy products and ice cream, with some unique and tasty flavours – including seasonal favourites,” said Yelp user Ted M.
TENNESSEE: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Nashville
“This is the place for ice cream and community,” wrote Yelp user Melissa H. in a review. “I coupled my salted peanut butter with a cold root beer, and it was heavenly.”
TEXAS: Manolis Ice Cream, Pastries, & Cakes in Austin
Manolis offers fresh ice cream and fruit popsicles, as well as traditional scoops of ice cream in seasonal flavours. The well-loved Austin ice cream stand also has fruity drinks and pastries, making it a destination for anyone with a sweet tooth.
UTAH: Moab Garage in Moab
This local eatery has won the hearts of Yelp reviewers for its blueberry basil ice cream.
VIRGINIA: Island Creamery in Chincoteague Island
From Whiskey Brittle to Almond Joy and tons of fruity, savoury, and sweet flavours in-between, Island Creamery‘s Chincoteague Island location is a Virginia favourite for its famous homemade ice cream.
VERMONT: Bragg Farm Sugar House & Gift Shop in Montpelier
Yelp users rave about this Vermont establishment’s maple-flavored frozen custard – better known as the Maple Creemee.
WASHINGTON: Sweet Necessities in Enumclaw
Sweet Necessities offers not only traditional ice cream scoops, but also gives dessert-enthusiasts the option to try homemade fudge in a cone or mixed in with ice cream. Yelp users have also consistently recommended the shop’s refreshing mango-flavored sorbet.
WISCONSIN: Mocha Moment in Janesville
Mocha Moment’s ice cream selections include shakes, malts, and scoops of its classic flavours, like Mocha Jo and Green Tea. This cosy Wisconsin shop is also known for its coffee – including lattes made for dogs.
WEST VIRGINIA: Dairy Creme Corner in Fairmont
West Virginia’s Dairy Creme Corner is known for its toppling ice cream cones and small-town, friendly feel.
“It is an experience. Super long line with the biggest servings ever. Do not be in a hurry, on a diet, or afraid of crowds,” wrote Yelp user Jay G.
WYOMING: Devils Tower View in Devils Tower
Wyoming’s top-rated ice cream spot is just outside Devils Tower National Monument. Yelp users who have visited the restaurant recommend the huckleberry-flavored ice cream – or topping one of the shop’s homemade pies with a scoop of vanilla.
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