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Best Ice Cream Parlor in Every State, According to Yelp

Source: Courtesy of Kushal S. via Yelp

Hawaii: Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Kihei (Maui)

Shave ice is a Hawaiian specialty, made by shaving ice until it’s the consistency of snow and adding on flavored creams and syrups. At the famous shave ice place, the most popular flavor combos include Haleakala (lychee and coconut), Sunset Beach (passion fruit, orange, mango, and guava), and No Ka Oi (mango, coconut, and passion fruit).

Source: Courtesy of Lovejoy's Real Ice Cream via Facebook

Idaho: Lovejoy’s Real Ice Cream
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Meridian

At Blake and Cyndi Taylor’s quaint Lovejoy’s, they serve small-batch ice cream in cones, “flights” of different flavors, shakes; on banana splits or brownie sundaes; and on cookies. Flavors change seasonally, and there’s also a free party room for rental.

Source: Courtesy of Erika P. via Yelp

Illinois: Vaca’s Creamery
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Chicago

Yes, the best ice cream shop in Illinois is completely vegan. Their chocolate and vanilla soft-serve is made from oat milk, and it’s served doused with sauces and toppings, in milkshakes, or in specialty sundaes like the Candy Bar, with peanut butter caramel, a chocolate shell, and peanuts.

Source: Courtesy of TeeJay's Sweet Tooth via Facebook

Indiana: TeeJay’s Sweet Tooth
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Indianapolis

Locally-sourced ice cream is put to good and super-creative use at TeeJay’s: it’s served inside a warm glazed doughnut, between two Fruity Pebble treats (featuring “Rice Krisipie’s technicolor cousin”), atop a brownie sundae, or in a float or shake. When it comes to ice cream and topping combos, you’re encouraged to let your imagination run wild.

Source: Courtesy of Monarca Gourmet Paletas via Facebook

Iowa: Monarca Gourmet Paletas
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Clive

At Monarca, they’re turning handmade ice cream into paletas, or handheld pops, and they’re covering them with toppings and sauces. You can choose your paleta flavor, sauce dip, toppings, and drizzles, or choose from specials like the Oreo paleta dipped in dark chocolate, topped with sprinkles, and drizzled with more chocolate.

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