Colorado: Little Man Ice Cream
Little Man does business out of an imposing 28-foot-tall replica of a cream can, selling an ever-changing array of flavors both traditional (vanilla bean, chocolate, mint chocolate chip) and more unusual (espresso fudge, oatmeal cookie, salted maple pecan). The shop has also opened the Little Man Ice Cream Factory, and has four additional “sister locations.”
Connecticut: Arethusa Farm Dairy
City: New Haven
A working dairy farm in Litchfield County, Arethusa has two retail outlets, one on site and the other — this one — near Yale University. Homemade ice cream choices include chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, along with such specialties as Almond with Toasted Coconut, Sweet Cream Chocolate Chip, and (in season) Cranberry with Dark Chocolate Chunks and Pumpkin with Ginger Molasses Cookies. Arethusa also has a full-scale restaurant at the farm.
Delaware: Dairy Palace
City: New Castle
Opened in 1956 in a suburb of Wilmington, this soft-serve emporium offers a huge choice of sundaes with assorted toppings, from Apple Cobbler to Very Berry, with things like Melted Pretzel Crunch, Choco Snicker-Butter Shakedown, and Double-Stuff Reese’s Cup along the way. The choice of slushies, smoothies, gelato, and more is hardly less extensive. Note that Dairy Palace is cash-only and open seasonally (they’re closed annually between early October and mid-March).
Florida: Wilton Creamery
City: Wilton Manors
Just north of Fort Lauderdale, this “dairy bar” makes vanilla ice cream with Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans and chocolate ice cream with 67% cacao dark chocolate. Then there is the real exotica, for instance Monkey Business (banana buttermilk ice cream with praline pecans and a dulce de leche swirl), “He’s Not Worth It!” (vanilla and English toffee sweet cream ice cream with bits of Oreos and Heath bar and chopped soft caramel with a swirl of sea salt caramel), and Chicha Morada (“the national drink of Peru in sweet cream ice cream,” made with purple corn, cinnamon, star anise, clove, green and red apple, brown sugar, lemon, lime, pineapple, and strawberry).
Georgia: The Ice Cream Stop
City: Richmond Hill
A family-run and family-friendly operation southwest of Savannah (there’s a padded play area and a three-rail model train running overhead, and free ice cream for dogs), the Ice Cream Stop offers the standard flavors along with things like Banana Pudding and Candied Salted Caramel. An array of sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, smoothies, and ice cream cakes and pies are also available. (There is a second location in nearby Pooler.)