Frozen sweet treats have a lineage that date back as far as the second century B.C. when Alexander the Great indulged in ice topped with fruit and honey. Throughout time, this simple dish transformed and developed into one of the most beloved desserts to exist: ice cream. Truly, there is never a wrong time to indulge in ice cream, but one can’t deny that warm weather makes the cravings even more profound. As temperatures steadily rise with the arrival of spring, we have compiled a list of 11 places throughout the United States that serve up the most delectable scoops!
1. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream – Kansas City, Missouri
Betty Rae’s serves up some of the best ice cream in all of Kanas City. As if their 24 housemade flavors were not reason enough to pay them a visit, Betty Rae’s also whips up boozy shakes and floats for their 21 and over crowd.
website |7140 Wornall Road Suite 102, Kansas City, MO 64114 | (816) 237-1168
If there’s a state that knows a thing about battling the heat, it’s Texas, and relatedly, they know how to do so with some incredible ice cream. If you are a chocolate lover, The Chocolate Bar, which specializes in different chocolate ice cream flavors is a must!
website | 1835 W Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77098| (715) 520-8599
3. Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe – Lafayette, Louisiana
For those who live for nostalgia, Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe, which has been around since 1940, is the last of its kind. Not only does this classic spot provide a cozy environment, but they also serve up old-fashioned ice cream that cannot be beat.
website | 1103 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA, 70503 | ( 337) 235-9291
Honoring the many diverse and rich cultures that make up South Florida, Azucar Ice Cream Company serves up ice cream with flare. Inspired by the homemade ice cream their Abuela used to make and the history of Miami’s Little Havana, Azucar is a unique spot that will disappoint your taste buds.
website | 1503 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33135 | (305) 381-0369
If you are ever in the Bridgeport neighborhood, Sugar Shack is your place to go for frozen treats! The only incentive you need to know in order to convince yourself to stop by this spot is that they are the “Home of the Famous Funnel Cake Sundae.” Yes, you heard us right! Funnel cake… and ice cream…in a sundae. There’s no way you won’t satisfy your sweet tooth here.
website | 630 West 26th Street, Chicago, IL, United States | 312-225-6568
Initially a food truck wandering the streets of Boston, Frozen Hoagies now has a permanent store serving up handscooped ice cream sandwiches. What is better than rich scoops of Rancatore’s ice cream pressed in between fresh, homemade cookies? Take our word for it, not much!
website | 864 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144 |(617)620-6810
At 10Below, ice cream artisans turn liquid ice cream in to beautiful frozen Thai-inspired ice cream rolls right in front of your eyes. With many of their creations inspired by Asian flavors, 10Below, which has 4 current locations and 2 on the way, is sure to offer you a deliciously unique experience.
website |132 Allen St New York, NY 10002 | (212) 965-1336
Ice cream is not exclusive for dairy-lovers. On top of serving up yummy vegan treats and coffee, Nami specializes in the tSoynami, which is soy soft mixed in with whatever add-ins one may want. Even if you aren’t a vegan, the delicacies Nami serves up are well worth your time if you are in the Phoenix area.
website |2014 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006 | (602) 258- 6264
If you like to know where the ingredients in your ice cream come from, then Kurt Farm Shop is a place for you! The custard base ice cream serviced at this shop is made freshly at their farm on Vashon Island, and is flavored and churned daily in the store.
website| 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Speaking of fresh, Cool Moon’s ice cream in Portland is made from scratch in their very own kitchen. They have a list of 200 complex flavors that they cycle through, offering 26 available in at a time. Ask any Cool Moon regular, and they will tell you that the Thai Tea ice cream is a must try!
website | 1105 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97209 |(503) 224-2021
Jeni Britton Bauer brought creativity to the realm of ice cream when she opened her first ice cream store in Ohio in 2002. Ensuring that synthetic flavors and dyes, stay out of ice cream, Jeni’s delicious ice cream is now also served in Los Angeles. The best part of Jeni’s delicious artisan flavors like Juniper & Lemon Curd, Wildberry Lavender, and Gooey Butter Cake is that they all can be ordered online.
website | 1954 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 928-2668
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream to cool down with?
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