Special Report

The Best Ice Cream Parlor in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Charm School Social Club via Facebook

Virginia: Charm School Social Club
City: Richmond

Peach Crisp, Thai Iced Tea, Ginger Lime, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milk, and Honey Rose are among the ever-changing flavors at this ice cream parlor. Vegan ice creams — for instance, Chocolate Cookie and Cherry Limeade — are made with a proprietary mixture of cashew and coconut milk.

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Source: Courtesy of Gelatiamo via Facebook

Washington: Gelatiamo
City: Seattle

Small-batch gelato and sorbet is the draw at this downtown Seattle establishment. Organic milk and (when possible) local fruit are among the ingredients. In addition to standard flavors like chocolate, coconut, and stracciatella, there are seasonal innovations like Chocolate Stout and Punkuccino (made with pumpkin, coffee, and beer).

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Source: Courtesy of Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream via Facebook

West Virginia: Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
City: Charleston

This purveyor of ice cream, gelato, sherbet, and sorbet debuted 21 years ago. In addition to the usual flavors, ice cream varieties include Mocha Almond, Espresso Oreo, and Black Raspberry, as well as such seasonal choices as peach, lavender, and tangerine.

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Source: Courtesy of Purple Door Ice Cream via Facebook

Wisconsin: Purple Door Ice Cream
City: Milwaukee

Launched in 2011, Purple Door enhances the usual ice cream shop menu with such imaginative flavors as White Russian, Malted Chocolate Chocolate Chunk, Lemon Cardamom, and Girl Scout Thin Mint.

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Source: Courtesy of Big Dipper Ice Cream via Facebook

Wyoming: Big Dipper Ice Cream
City: Laramie

Sorbetto, gelato, and high-butterfat ice cream are on the menu here. Salted Caramel Gelato and Salted Southern Bourbon Butter Pecan are among the specialties.

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