Special Report

Best Ice Cream Shop in Every State

Photo by Kim N. via Yelp

Ice cream is quite possibly the ultimate comfort food, especially in hot weather, so it’s little wonder that we’ve been enjoying it so enthusiastically in recent weeks. (Whether having a famously ice cream-loving president helps or hurts sales of this frozen delight probably depends on where you fall politically.)

While major food companies have become big players on the ice cream scene (Nestlé owns Häagen-Dazs and Dreyer’s; Unilever owns Ben & Jerry’s), and chains like Baskin-Robbins, Carvel, and Cold Stone Creamery seem to be almost everywhere. (Believe it or not, ice cream is one of those “junk foods” that might not be so bad for you.)

Independent ice cream parlors are an enduring American tradition, however. There are hundreds and hundreds of such places around the country, most of them making their own ice cream on an artisanal scale, and many of them creating unusual flavors – sweet maple bacon, jackfruit, roasted beets & fresh mint – as well as standbys like chocolate and vanilla.  

To assemble a list of the best ice cream store in every state, 24/7 Tempo considered ratings and reviews on a variety of food and general interest sites, including Food & Wine, Eat This Not That, The Daily Meal, Taste of Home, and Reader’s Digest, as well as numerous local and regional sites. Note that suggested flavors may be seasonal or occasional and may not always be available. (Taking the country as a whole into consideration, these are the best ice cream parlors in America.)

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We left frozen yogurt shops off the list (though frozen yogurt might be on the menu at some of the places here), and while some of the ice cream shops listed have several locations, we have also omitted regional enterprises that have grown to have a nationwide presence, like Graeter’s from Cincinnati and McConnell’s from Santa Barbara, California. 

Alabama: Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe
> Location: Mobile
> Flavors to try (if available): Mexican vanilla, prickly pear

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Alaska: Wild Scoops
> Location: Anchorage (2 locations)
> Flavors to try (if available): AK birch almond, Fruity Pebbles

Arizona: Mary Coyle Ol’ Fashion Ice Cream
> Location: Phoenix
> Flavors to try (if available): Black licorice, salted caramel cashew

Arkansas: Loblolly Creamery
> Location: Little Rock and Benton
> Flavors to try (if available): Arkansas Mud, honey lavender

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California: Mother Moo Creamery
> Location: Sierra Madre
> Flavors to try (if available): Apricot crumble, organic triple milk

Colorado: The Little Man Ice Cream Co.
> Location: Denver and Englewood
> Flavors to try (if available): Salted Oreo, banana pudding

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Connecticut: Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream
> Location: Salem
> Flavors to try (if available): Grapenut, cappuccino fudge

Delaware: The Ice Cream Store
> Location: Rehoboth Beach
> Flavors to try (if available): Delaware peach, Madagascar vanilla

Florida: Ice Dreammm Shop
> Location: Lutz
> Flavors to try (if available): Strawberry shortcake, chocolate bacon toffee

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Georgia: Butter and Cream
> Location: Decatur and Atlanta
> Flavors to try (if available): Honeycomb forest, marmalade pine nut cookie

Hawaii: Black Sheep Cream Co.
> Location: Waipi’o and four other Oahu locations
> Flavors to try (if available): Banana crème brûlée, honeydew melon cream

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Idaho: The STIL
> Location: Boise
> Flavors to try (if available): When in Rome (lemon olive oil), Picnic in the Park (raspberry, goat cheese, walnut)

Illinois: Richard’s Super Premium Ice Cream
> Location: Chicago
> Flavors to try (if available): Sweet potato pie, peach cobbler

Indiana: Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Indianapolis
> Flavors to try (if available): Bing cherry chip, butter brickle

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Iowa: Over the Top
> Location: Pleasant Hill
> Flavors to try (if available): Apple cobbler ala mode, caramel macchiato

Kansas: Foggi Ice Cream
> Location: Mission
> Flavors to try (if available): Thai tea, sweet maple bacon

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Kentucky: Louisville Cream
> Location: Louisville
> Flavors to try (if available): Mascarpone and strawberry, coffee with bourbon cream

Louisiana: Ice Cream 504
> Location: New Orleans
> Flavors to try (if available): King cake with cream cheese, white chocolate mint

Maine: Mt. Desert Island Ice Cream
> Location: Bar Harbor and Portland, plus Washington D.C. and Matsumoto and Azumino, Japan
> Flavors to try (if available): Bay of Figs, coriander lemon curd

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Maryland: The Charmery
> Location: 3 Baltimore locations), plus Columbia and Chevy Chase
> Flavors to try (if available): Indonesian cinnamon, Fitzgerald’s Rickey (gin and lime)

Massachusetts: Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Cambridge
> Flavors to try (if available): Carrot cake, sweet cream

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Michigan: MOO-ville Creamery
> Location: Nashville, Ionia, Zeeland, and Eaton Rapids
> Flavors to try (if available): Almond Joy, Mackinac Island fudge

Minnesota: Milkjam Creamery
> Location: Minneapolis
> Flavors to try (if available): Uma (Greek yogurt with passion fruit lychee swirl), PB vs Everybody (peanut butter banana with Oreo chunks)

Mississippi: The Oxford Creamery
> Location: Oxford
> Flavors to try (if available): Milk and Cookies, fresh mint chip

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Missouri: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream
> Location: Kansas City
> Flavors to try (if available): S’mores, blood orange creamsicle

Montana: Big Dipper Ice Cream
> Location: Missoula, Helena, and Billings
> Flavors to try (if available): Cardamon, espresso Heath

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Nebraska: Coneflower Creamery
> Location: Omaha (2 locations)
> Flavors to try (if available): Grandma Minnie’s lemon bar, brown butter

Nevada: Secret Creamery
> Location: Las Vegas
> Flavors to try (if available): Pandan coconut, black sesame

New Hampshire: Memories Ice Cream
> Location: Kingston
> Flavors to try (if available): Frozen fruit pudding, bananas Foster

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New Jersey: Torico Ice Cream
> Location: Jersey City
> Flavors to try (if available): Jackfruit, avocado

New Mexico: La Lecheria
> Location: Santa Fe
> Flavors to try (if available): Butterscotch miso, red chile honey

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New York: Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
> Location: New York City (2 locations)
> Flavors to try (if available): Durian banana, strawberry pink peppercorn

North Carolina: Vida Dulce
> Location: Cary
> Flavors to try (if available): Key lime pie, cranberry

North Dakota: The Silver Lining Creamery
> Location: Fargo and Rapid City
> Flavors to try (if available): Root beer float, chili roasted pistachio

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Ohio: Coppa Gelato
> Location: Westerville
> Flavors to try (if available): Lemon lime basil, white chocolate pretzel

Oklahoma: Rose Rock Microcreamery
> Location: Tulsa and Broken Arrow
> Flavors to try (if available): Ube and blood orange, Vietnamese coffee

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Oregon: Fifty Licks
> Location: Portland (3 locations)
> Flavors to try (if available): Cornbread honey butter, mango sticky rice

Pennsylvania: Uncle Mike’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Warminster
> Flavors to try (if available): Mike’s Chocolate Elvis, Coconut Crazy

Rhode Island: Tricycle Ice Cream
> Location: Providence
> Flavors to try (if available): Callebaut chocolate, passionfruit

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South Carolina: Sweet Cream Company
> Location: Columbia
> Flavors to try (if available): Sweet corn, Madagascar vanilla

South Dakota: Leones’ Creamery
> Location: Spearfish
> Flavors to try (if available): Horchata, mountain huckleberry

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Tennessee: Mike’s Ice Cream and Coffee Bar
> Location: Nashville
> Flavors to try (if available): Pralines and cream, black cherry

Texas: Lick Honest Ice Creams
> Location: 9 locations in Austin, San Antonio, College Station, and Houston
> Flavors to try (if available): Caramel salt lick, roasted beets & fresh mint

Utah: Dolcetti Gelato
> Location: Salt Lake City
> Flavors to try (if available): Strawberry balsamic, grapefruit

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Vermont: Mountain Creamery
> Location: Woodstock
> Flavors to try (if available): Myers rum raisin, Vermont maple walnut

Virginia: Peterson’s Ice Cream Depot
> Location: Clifton
> Flavors to try (if available): Carnival cotton candy, Cindyrella (butterscotch with chocolate drops)

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Washington: Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Seattle (9 area locations)
> Flavors to try (if available): Cookies & cream, milk chocolate fudge stripe

West Virginia: Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Charleston
> Flavors to try (if available): Hazelnut, mocha almond

Wisconsin: Purple Door Ice Cream
> Location: Milwaukee and Mequon
> Flavors to try (if available): Whiskey, Nutella Brownie Blast

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Wyoming: Big Dipper Ice Cream
> Location: Laramie
> Flavors to try (if available): Butterfinger, peppermint crunch

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