Oklahoma: Rose Rock Microcreamery
Hand-crafting its ice creams in 2.5-gallon batches, Rose Rock showcases locally produced fruit, honey, and other ingredients. Standard flavors include Midnight Chocolate, Lavender Honey, Madagascar Vanilla, and Rose Rock (strawberry with candied pecans). More unusual offerings are available seasonally — for instance, Roasted Cherry Chocolate with Marshmallows, Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers, and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.
Oregon: Fifty Licks
Former brewer Chad Draizin started selling ice cream out of a food truck before opening two brick-and-mortar shops in the City of Roses. His unusual creations include Blood Orange Creamsicle, Thai Rice (jasmine rice pudding infused with pandan leaf), Soy Sauce Caramel, French Toast (challah French toast with dark maple syrup and cinnamon), and such vegan variations as Coconut Lemon Saffron and Ancho Mango.
Pennsylvania: Uncle Mike’s Homemade Ice Cream
Sundaes, milkshakes, floats, ice cream pies, and cookie ice cream sandwiches are all on offer at this ice cream parlor in a Bucks County community north of Philadelphia. Among the two dozen flavors on the menu are Coffee Caramel Crunch, Rummy Raisin, Dandy Cotton Candy, Really Raspberry Chocolate Chip, and Tom’s Peanut Butter Brownie Blitz.
Rhode Island: Tricycle Ice Cream
Originally a modest ice cream cart found at farmers markets and special events, Tricycle expanded into a brick-and-mortar shop (the cart is still in business, too). Ice cream sandwiches and specialty cones are the focus. Choices might include Callebaut Rocky Road Ice Cream between two double chocolate brownies; a Mango-Berry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwich; a Passion Fruit Mimosa Push Pop; a Strawberry Shortcake Drumstick; or a Peanut Butter Ice Cream Taco topped with Oreos.
South Carolina: Sweet Cream Company
This small-batch ice cream shop believes that “Boundaries need to be pushed and ice cream flavors should not be limited to those of a grocery store but rival anything found on the menu of a five star restaurant.” That said, Sweet Cream does offer Madagascar Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, and Classic Strawberry — but then there’s Date Nut Caramel, Chamomile with Honeycomb, Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts, and Black Sesame Ginger, among other attempts to live up to that mission statement.