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Best Ice Cream Parlor in Every State, According to Yelp

Source: Photo by Ethan T. via Yelp

South Dakota: Leones’ Creamery
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Spearfish

At Lenoes’ Creamery in South Dakota’s Black Hills, all ice creams are handmade with high-quality ingredients. Popular flavors include Spearfish Valley rhubarb, blackberry lemon, and vegan coconut toasted almond with blueberry jam.

Source: Courtesy of Cruze Farm via Facebook

Tennessee: Cruze Farm Ice Cream Downtown
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Knoxville

This Tennessee dairy farm serves homemade ice cream at five locations throughout the state, including one in downtown Knoxville. Their Jersey cows are on pasture 365 days per year and the milk, which is not homogenized, is turned into stunning ice cream in flavors including sweet cream, chocolate-strawberry, and brown butter.

Source: Courtesy of Connie's Frozen Custard via Facebook

Texas: Connie’s Frozen Custard
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Houston

An old-school walk-up window identified by its giant ice cream cone sign, Connie’s serves their super-creamy frozen custard in cones, sundaes, shakes, and banana splits, but do as the locals do and order a super-thick concrete, in flavors like Texas Tornado (vanilla custard blended with fresh strawberries and melted chocolate) and Choc-O-Rocko (chocolate custard blended with roasted almonds and marshmallow cream).

Source: Courtesy of Amber C. via Yelp

Utah: Blacksmith Ice Cream
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Bountiful

Famous for its hand-churned, small-batch ice creams, Blacksmith Ice Cream creates ice cream in creative seasonal flavors including coconut mango sticky rice, lemon poppy seed swirled with lemon bars, and sweet cream ice cream swirled with Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Source: Courtesty of Shy Guys Gelato via Facebook

Vermont: Shy Guy Gelato
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Burlington

There’s no need to be shy when ordering at Shy Guy Gelato, which was founded by a local Vermonter who perfected his recipe while working at restaurants in Italy. They rotate through more than 200 gelato flavors, but favorites include stracciatella, Choco-Palooza, raspberry crème fraîche, and fior di latte.

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