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Best Ice Cream Parlor in Every State, According to Yelp

Source: Courtesy of John T. via Yelp

Kansas: The Golden Scoop
> Yelp rating: 5 / 5 stars
> Location: Overland Park

The Golden Scoop’s mission is to provide meaningful employment for people with developmental disabilities, and it also happens to be the state’s best ice cream shop. Popular flavors include strawberry jam and cookies & cream, and they also sell fresh-baked cookies.

Source: Photo by Allison F. via Yelp

Kentucky: Louisville Cream
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Louisville

Louisville Cream is a small batch ice cream shop sourcing milk from a local dairy called JD Country Milk. Not only is all ice cream made in-house, they also make all their own jams, sauces, and cones, and source mix-ins from local artisan bakeries.

Source: Courtesy of Sweet Society via Facebook

Louisiana: Sweet Society
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge’s Sweet Society serves their soft serve ice cream taiyaki-style, inside a Japanese fish-shaped cone. The whimsical treat is available in flavors red bean, custard, and vanilla.

Source: Courtesy of Jason P. via Yelp

Maine: Mount Desert Island Ice Cream
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Bar Harbor

Mount Desert makes their ice cream in batches of no more than five gallons at a time, using only the highest-quality ingredients. As they put it, “If we make a vanilla bean ice cream, we scrape the beans, if we make a lemon sorbet, we squeeze the lemons, one at a time.”

Source: Courtesy of Carmen's Italian Ice & Café via Facebook

Maryland: Carmen’s Italian Ice & Café
> Yelp rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
> Location: Rockville

Homemade frozen custard and Italian ice are made fresh daily at Carmen’s, and the flavor selection rotates seasonally. The list for both is extensive; Italian ice flavors include strawberry cream, spicy mango coconut, and salted caramel, and frozen custard flavors include honeydew, horchata, and maple bacon.

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