50 in 50: The Best Ice Cream Shops In Each State
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50 in 50: The Best Ice Cream Shops In Each State

50 In 50
Nasha Smith
Nasha Smith Feb 23, 2021

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. This sweet, frozen treat never goes out of style. Served in a cup, on a sugar cone, lactose-free, and with so many flavors to choose from, everyone can find their fave.

To help you satisfy your sweet tooth while you’re traveling across the country, Travel Noire rounded up the best ice cream shops in every state.

Alabama

According to one customer, Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe serves the “best ice cream sundaes in the south.” Be sure to try one along with their 47 ice-cream flavors.

Where: 2511 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36607

Alaska

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The arctic temps of Alaska don’t seem ideal for ice-cream consumption, but that hasn’t stopped customers from flocking to Wild Scoops for unique hand-crafted ice-creams like Tundra Queen and Rosemary Birch Walnut.

Where: 429 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501

Arizona

Novel Ice Cream gives the best of both worlds by pairing warm donut buns with hand-crafted artisan ice cream.

Where: 1028 Grand Ave Ste 6 Phoenix, AZ 85007

Arkansas

Loblolly Creamery is named after the state tree and features a signature buttermilk ice-cream.

Where: 1423 S. Main St., Little Rock, AR 72202

California

If you have dietary restrictions, Cocobella Creamery is the place to be. Their dairy-free, allergen-friendly ice-creams are made with coconut milk.

Where: 1253 Vine St # 12, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Colorado

Go to Little Man Ice Cream for the crispy, homemade waffle cone and stay to take pics of the 28-foot milk can it’s housed in.

Where: 2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211

Connecticut

Ferris Acres Creamery sits on a seasonal farm serving flavors like the Bad Habit, made of rich dark chocolate and Campfire, a vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls, graham cracker pieces, and mini marshmallows.

Where: 144 Sugar St, Newtown, CT 06470

Delaware

We love this ice cream shop with a purpose. UDairy Creamery is run by students at the University of Delaware who are getting a practical education in producing premium ice-cream. They will even deliver in their custom truck, the Moo Mobile.

Where: 535 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716

Florida

Find authentic Italian gelato, courtesy of owner Matthew Cairo at Matty’s Gelato Factory.

Where: 867 Donald Ross Blvd Juno Beach, FL 33408

Related: Inside Miami’s Newest Black-Owned Ice Cream Shop

Georgia

Butter and Cream sounds so quintessentially Georgian so it’s the perfect name for this small batch ice-cream shop that uses only the freshest ingredients.

Where: 416 Church Street, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Hawaii

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Lappert’s Ice Cream brings Hawaiian staples like macadamia nuts and coconuts to their creamy confections.

Where: 2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Idaho

Adult beverages meet ice-cream at the STIL, which stands for the Sweetest Things in Life. Try the booze-infused Ed & Carl Take Reno featuring Honey Bourbon.

Where: 786 W Broad St, Boise, ID 83702

Illinois

Rainbow Cone Ice Cream Shop is an Illinois institution since 1926. Try The Original Rainbow Cone ® made of chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, pistachio, and orange sherbet.

Where: 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

Indiana

Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station, known more commonly as BRICS, is all about saving the environment. Only metal spoons are used to scoop up their delectable flavors.

Where: 901 E 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Iowa

Yotopia Frozen Yogurt specializes in healthy offerings packed with probiotics.

Where: 132 S Clinton St Iowa City, IA 52240

Kansas

Visitors to Sylas & Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream can try over 40 flavors in a freshly baked waffle cone. Rumor has it you can smell the gently wafting scent of the cones well before entering the shop.

Where: 1101 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Kentucky

Thai Orchid Café’s coconut ice cream, made out of a Cuisinart, became so popular that it spawned Crank and Boom. Flavors now include bourbon and honey as well as coffee stout.

Where: 1210 Manchester St Lexington, KY 40504

Louisiana

New Orleans’ Creole Creamery offers a sampler of four mini scoops to ensure that you get the best the Big Easy has to offer.

Where: 4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Maine

If you want something done right, do it yourself. This was the philosophy of the two college grads who founded The Gelato Fiasco in 2007 when they couldn’t find good gelato in Maine.

Where: 425 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

Maryland

The Charmery in Baltimore serves everything from sundaes to Sandos. Try their Montfleur Duvin Peach Caramel Pint made in partnership with Black-owned winery Montfleur Duvin.

Where: 801 W 36th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Massachusetts

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Honeycomb Creamery’s small-batch, locally sourced craft ice-cream includes flavors like Golden Milk ice-cream and coconut lime sorbet.

Where: 1702 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Michigan

Moomers Homemade Ice Cream is located on a dairy farm in Traverse City where they make over 160 different flavors of homemade, premium ice cream.

Where: 7263 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49685

Minnesota

Izzy Scoop boasts over 200 flavors of creamy goodness. If you can’t make it out to Minnesota, they ship nationwide.

Where: 1100 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Mississippi

There are only 12 flavors at Area 51, but they are made fresh daily and are absolutely divine.

Where: 100 E Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632

Missouri

Betty Rae’s Ice Cream draws raves for their all natural ice-cream.

Where: 412 Delaware St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Montana

Good Morning America named Big Dipper Ice Cream the Best Ice Cream in America. Every ingredient is sourced from Montana.

Where: 631 S. Higgins, Missoula, MT 59801

Nebraska

Coneflower Creamery‘s secret weapon is an in-house pastry chef who makes their sauces, toppings and waffle cones.

Where: 3921 Farnam St, Omaha, NE 68131

Nevada

Rolled Ice Cream brings this popular Thai custom to Las Vegas.

Where: 9500 S Eastern Ave, #110 Las Vegas, NV 89123

New Hampshire

Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream carries over 40 flavors like Cashew Caramel Cluster (caramel ice cream with roasted cashews and chocolate chunks), Swiss Chocolate Avalanche (Swiss chocolate ice cream with pecans, walnuts, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate chunks, and white chocolate swirls), and Mint Summer’s Night Dream (mint chocolate ice cream with dark and white chocolate chunks).

Where: 49 Ceres St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

New Jersey

Believe it or not, veggies make pretty good ice-cream. The Bent Spoon‘s Basil and Ricotta will make you a believer.

Where: 35 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542

New Mexico

What’s better than craft beer? Craft beer ice-cream from La Lecheria. Also available are bold flavors like Avocado, Habanero Vanilla, Almond Chocolate, Coconut Miso (vegan), Mango Ginger Sorbet, Sweet Corn, Citrus Basil, and Cracker Jack.

Where: 101 West Marcy Street Santa Fe, NM, 87501

New York

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Is there anything more ‘New York’ than Serendipity 3’s Frrrozen Hot Chocolate?

Where: 225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

Related: This Black-Owned Ice Cream Shop Brings More Than Just Sweet Treats To NYC

North Carolina

In addition to their over 120 flavors, Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream‘s menu includes the spicy Cold Sweat and Exit Wound that require signed waivers to try.

Where: 8617 NC Hwy 55 S, Angier, NC 27501

North Dakota

Pride Dairy calls itself “the last small town creamery in North Dakota.” Maple Nut, Mojo Roast Coffee, and Pumpkin Pie are among their 23 flavors.

Where: 517 Thompson St, Bottineau, ND

Ohio

Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream practices sustainable living by using locally sourced products, a solar panel-lined rooftop, skylights, and a Rainwater Harvesting System to ensure that their customers get the very best.

Where: 1867 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

Oklahoma

Braum’s handles every aspect of the ice-cream making process from herding the cows to producing their famous sundaes.

Where: Multiple locations

Oregon

Cult favorite Salt and Straw is known for their distinct mainstays like Pear & Blue Cheese, Honey Lavender, and Arbequina Olive Oil.

Where: Multiple locations

Pennsylvania

Glen and Kristen D’Ascenzo brought Rome to Philly with D’Ascenzo’s Gelato, serving 24 handmade flavors daily.

Where: 132 E Gay St West Chester, PA 19380

Rhode Island

Among the standouts at Tricycle Ice Cream are Callebaut chocolate ice cream sandwiched between salty pretzel cookies and a peanut butter ice cream taco topped with Oreos.

Where: 70 Battey St Providence, RI 02906

South Carolina

Sweet Cream Company has a no toppings allowed policy that allows the natural flavors of their ice-cream to shine.

Where: 1627 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

South Dakota

Locals love Armadillo’s Ice Cream Shoppe and their one-of-a-kind treats like Auntie D’s Salted Caramel and Barbs Bombshell.

Where: 130 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701

Tennessee

A trip to Pied Piper Creamery will lead you to punny creations like Aww, Shnapps, Baby Got Baklava, and Cherry Springer.

Where: 975 Main Street Ste. 4, Nashville, TN

Related: Nashville’s First & Only Black-Owned Rolled Ice Cream Shop Opens Physical Store

Texas

Lick Honest Ice Creams lives up to its name. Every bite is made from authentic ingredients and made on site.

Where: Multiple locations

Utah

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Rockwell Ice Cream was named the “Best Ice Cream in America” in an annual competition held by Klavon’s Ice Cream in Pittsburgh.It was all thanks to a concoction aptly titled the G.O.A.T. — goat cheese, blackberries, lemon jam swirls, and honey rosemary roasted almonds.

Where: 43 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601

Vermont

Before Ben and Jerry’s became a global, socially conscious sweetheart, it belonged to Vermont. Visit the OG scoop shop.

Where: 36 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Virginia

Get your Mexican popsicle fix at La Flor Michoacana. These are filled with chunks of fresh fruit and homemade ice-cream.

Where: 601 Cherry Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Washington

Molly Moon‘s ten “always” flavors — with names like Yeti, Honey Lavender, and Rose Milk Tea — keep customers clamoring for more.

Where: Multiple locations

West Virginia

Austin’s Ice Cream has one flavor you’re guaranteed not to find anywhere else: grape pineapple.

Where: 1103 C St Ceredo, WV 25507

Wisconsin

Milwaukee is known as the “Custard Capital of the World” and Kopp’s Frozen Custard is the king.

Where: 7631 W Layton Ave Greenfield, WI 53220

Wyoming

If you’ve ever wanted to try the best organic wild huckleberry ice cream, Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream is the place to be.

Where: 155 Center St, Jackson, WY 83001

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