Massachusetts: Toscanini’s Ice Cream
City: Cambridge (Boston)
This Cambridge favorite serves about 30 different flavors, made in-store, daily — from French Vanilla and Belgian Chocolate to Macaroon Brownie Fluff, Vienna Finger Cookie, Kenyan Kulfi (with saffron, cardamom, pistachio, and almonds), and B3 (brown sugar, brown butter, and brownies).
Michigan: Elizabeth Perk Coffee & Ice Cream
Occupying an old A&W Root Beer building in the Detroit suburb of Trenton, Elizabeth Perk serves 28 flavors of high-butterfat ice cream produced by Guernsey Farms Dairy in the community of Northville. Butter pecan is a specialty, but fans also enjoy such flavors as Sea Salt Double Chocolate, Mackinaw Fudge, and Almond Joy.
Minnesota: Milkjam Creamery
The “About” page on this shop’s menu reads, in its entirely, “We make ice cream…” Some 16 flavors are currently on offer, including Cereal Killers (orange coriander milk with candied Fruity Pebbles), Uma Thurman (Greek yogurt with a passion fruit-lychee swirl), PB vs. Everybody (peanut butter, bananas, and Oreo chunks), and the eponymous Milkjam (caramelized goat’s, cow’s, and sweetened condensed milks).
Mississippi: Pop Brothers
These “artisan ice pop makers” extend the definition of their wares from fruit pops (Carrot Ginger Lemonade, Pineapple Jalapeño, Watermelon Mint, etc.) through cream pops (for instance Berries & Cream, Dulce de Leche, and Madagascar Vanilla) all the way to “indulgences” (the likes of Oreo Cheesecake, Bananas Foster, and Billion Dollar Brownie).
Missouri: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream
City: Kansas City
Some 25 or more flavors are always on offer here, with the selection changing often. Some examples include Lavender Honey, S’Mores, Goat Cheese with Apricots and Candied Walnuts, Crème Brûlée Caramel, and Mint Chocolate Cookie. (Betty Rae’s also has an ice cream truck and a second location, in the River Market district.)