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11 Little-Known Ice Cream Brands You Need to Try

Updated: Mar. 29, 2023

Get ready to find your new favorite flavor.

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helados de neta ice cream
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Helados la Neta

Take a trip to Mexico via a bowl of ice cream. Helados la Neta (la neta means the real deal) makes ice cream inspired by authentic flavors. According to brand manager Ivonne Neri, a few scoops will “make you feel Mexico in your veins and in your tastebuds.”

Try Chocolate con Canela, a mix of chocolate and spicy cinnamon, Horchata, Crema de Coco—a sweet take on this favorite with real coconut flakes swirled throughout. Check out more crazy ice cream flavors you can buy right now!

Available online via the Helados la Neta website and at Walmart, HEB, Kroger, and Safeway stores.

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Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream
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Coolhaus Awesome Ice Cream

This California-based brand is making waves with their exotic pints and ice cream sammies. A certified women-owned business, Coolhaus is inspired by both sweet and savory flavors. Sink your spoon into Milkshake & Fries or Take the Cannoli.

Can’t get enough? Check out the recipes in the Coolhaus Ice Cream Book.

Available at scoop shops, select grocery stores or online.

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Beckon Ice Cream
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Beckon Ice Cream

Want to savor a scoop without a stomachache? Beckon Ice Cream creates real, dairy-based frozen treats—without any lactose! This ice cream is the real deal. And you won’t find gums, artificial stabilizers, artificial sweeteners, or corn syrups on the label, either.

 Available at select grocery stores.

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My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream
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My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream

Flavorful mochi from the freezer aisle? Yes, please! My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream makes it easy to enjoy your favorite Japanese treat at home. Pick up a pack of traditional mochi balls in flavors like S’mores and Green Tea. Plus, they even have a few non-dairy options! Learn why you have never seen grape ice cream for sale.

Available at select grocery stores or on Amazon.

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Purple Door Ice Cream
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Purple Door Ice Cream

Milwaukee, Wisconsin natives are familiar with Purple Door and its eclectic flavors. You’ll find all of the classics, plus some pretty unusual combos, like Lemon Cardamom and Brandy Old Fashioned.

Available at select grocery stores, scoop shops or online.

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Salt & Straw June Camping Series
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Salt & Straw

With locations all across the West Coast, Salt & Straw is known for its exotic flavors. If you’re feeling bold, try a bite of Honey Lavender or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Craving something a little more familiar? Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Cinnamon Snickerdoodle have your back. No matter what flavor you find, your taste buds will thank you.

Make your fave flavor at home with the Salt & Straw cookbook.

Available at scoop shops or online.

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Brothers Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
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Brothers Ice Cream

When you were a kid, was there anything better than an ice cream sandwich after a summer day spent outdoors? Brothers Ice Cream captures that sweet nostalgia in their line of sandwiches, bonbons, fruit bars, and more. See what your favorite ice cream flavor says about you.

Available at Walmart or online

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McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

Keep it simple with a pint of McConnell’s. This old-fashioned dairy makes all of its flavors from scratch. You’ll find classics (hello, Mint Chip), as well as unique combos, like Eureka Lemon & Marionberries. They even have a few non-dairy flavors. Learn the real difference between gelato and ice cream.

Available at scoop shops, select grocery stores or online.

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If you need a sweet snack before hitting the hay, reach for a pint of Nightfood. This low-calorie “nighttime” ice cream is formulated with sleep in mind. That means you’ll find fewer sleep-disrupting ingredients on the label—like sugar and fat—and more good-for-you minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. See how to make a quick and easy ice cream at home with only three ingredients.

Available at select grocery stores or online.

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Graeter’s Ice Cream

Midwesterners love Graeter’s Ice Cream—and for good reason. The Ohio-based creamery is known for its enormous chocolate chunks and creative flavors, like Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. Every pint of Graeter’s is mixed in a French Pot Freezer, then hand-packed. Learn the most fascinating ice cream traditions from around the world.

Available at select grocery stores or online.

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Ample Hills Creamery The Disney Mickey Mouse Collection
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Ample Hills Creamery

For the most creative flavors (and flavor names!), check out Ample Hills Creamery. This scoop shop has locations in four states but ships nationwide. We’re looking forward to taking a bite of I Contain Breakfast Foods, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace.

Available at Ample Hills scoop shops or online.

Next, check out the best ice cream shop in every state.

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