The Best Ice Cream Shops in Every State
We scream, you scream…for the best ice cream! Hit the road and taste test the best ice cream shops in America.
Alabama: Peach Park
The best place to grab ice cream in the state that bleeds crimson is Peach Park, where customers can buy fresh peach ice cream with a side of peach pie. The Clanton-based Peach Park Farms site is only open from March to November, so make sure you don’t pass it by. When you’re done, take home one of the best gifts to take home from each of the 50 states.
Alaska: Wild Scoops
Opened in 2015, this small-batch ice cream company in Anchorage uses local Alaskan add-ins and all-natural ingredients to create more than 100 different flavors. While Wild Scoops sells standard flavors, visitors can try more adventurous flavors like Holy Mole (Ancho, pasilla, guajillo peppers, and Chugach Chocolate bits) and Spruce Tip, which is described as “totally unique and Alaskan.”
Arizona: Sweet Provisions
This Scottsdale ice cream shop is sugary sweet, selling fresh, daily-made ice cream using only local Arizona dairy. The Sweet Provisions rotates flavors daily and offers a myriad of cone flavors and toppings, along with freshly baked cookies, pies, cakes, and other desserts.
Arkansas: Burton’s Comfort Creamery
Students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville line up to get soft serve and ice cream sandwiches from this food truck. The ice cream comes with toppings that are salty, sweet, or spicy and drizzled in sauce. Plus, while most soft serve ice cream contains 1 percent to 3 percent butterfat, at Burton’s, the soft serve clocks in at 10 percent butterfat, making the ice cream extra creamy and rich. It’s worth waiting in line for these treats. Before your trip, watch the most iconic movie set in each state.
California: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
With nearly 70 years of experience, McConnell’s has perfected ethically sourced, slow-churned ice cream. Flavors like Turkish coffee, eureka lemon and marionberries, chocolate-covered strawberries, and peppermint stick pack an extra flavor punch. Best of all, this southern California staple ships to almost every state. (Sorry, Alaska!)
Colorado: Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Rated best ice cream by Colorado Parent magazine, this Denver-based shop has a huge variety of flavors to choose from. The old-fashion vinyl seats, red-and-white striped awning, and hand-written menu give visitors a quaint, retro place to stop for a mid-day snack. While the ice cream is great, the cause they support is even better. Bonnie Brae Ice Cream contributes to the Alpha-1 Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes research to find treatments and a cure for the genetic condition.
Connecticut: Ferris Acres Creamery
Sold out of a quaint, seasonal farm stand, Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown offers ice cream, cakes, and pies with a view. Visitors can eat their treats while watching cows graze on the farm. The creamery sells a multitude of regular flavors like Bada Bing (chocolate almond ice cream with Bing cherries) and Grasshopper (mint ice cream with crushed Oreos), as well as seasonal flavors like cotton candy and pistachio. For diabetics or visitors who want to limit their sugar intake, the shop also sells six flavors, such as coffee chip, black raspberry, and vanilla with fudge swirls, using Splenda as a sweetener. You’ll also want to visit the best state fair or festival in every state.
Delaware: UDairy Creamery
Managed by three and run by more than 50 University of Delaware students, the UDairy Creamery attracts students and visitors alike. The ice cream base is processed in New Jersey made with the milk from the University of Delaware cows. The base is then shipped back and flavored, frozen, and packaged by UD students at the creamery’s storefront location in Newark. Some flavors brim with school pride like Blue Hen Tracks (vanilla ice cream with mini peanut butter cups, fudge swirl, and blue and yellow sprinkles) while others are a little more out of the box, like Zest Fest (orange zest infused ice cream with cashews and chocolate chunks).
Florida: Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant
Massive servings at this Dania Beach ice cream shop is just one of the reasons Floridians love Jaxson’s. The Zagat-rated shop has one of the country’s largest collections of rural American memorabilia, including an automobile license plate collection. Travelers in the Fort Lauderdale area will not want to miss out.
Georgia: Butter and Cream
This Decatur shop seeks to give a modern twist to classic ice cream mainstays. Butter and Cream bakes their add-ins, along with the small-batch ice cream, on-site. The charming shop also notifies customers with gluten sensitivities that flavors such as raspberry, cookies and cream and O.G. Goodness should be avoided.