The Best Places to Get Ice Cream in America

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McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
> Location: Santa Barbara & four other locations, CA

McConnell’s has been scooping ice cream since 1949 when it was founded by Gordon “Mac” and Ernesteen McConnell. (Its was bought by Michael Palmer and Eva Ein in 2012.) The shop calls itself “California’s original and finest” and touts its local, sustainable, and organic credentials. Among the flavors Yelp reviewers cited were Earl Grey, Eureka lemon and marionberry, churro, and Avaline rosé & boysenberry milk jam.

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Mother Moo Creamery
> Location: Sierra Madre, CA

Mother Moo Creamery, which opened in 2011, says its offerings are “sweets for your soul.” The Los Angeles-area shop uses dairy from the organic Straus Family Creamery in Petaluma. One reviewer enthused, “I’m totally hooked on the triple milk.” Among the other flavors drawing raves were salty chocolate, orange blossom, cornflake (yes, cornflake), and rocky road.

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Ferris Acres Creamery
> Location: Newtown, CT

The creamery was established in 2003, but the Ferris family’s roots in Newtown go back to 1703. In 1864, a descendant of the original Ferrises, William David Baldwin Ferris, purchased the farm that eventually became the creamery. There are three generations of the Ferris family involved in the creamery today. Charles D. Ferris IV and brother Brendan make the ice cream when they aren’t tending to farm responsibilities. The family gets the cream for its ice cream from Guida’s Dairy. Regular flavors include Bada Bing (chocolate almond ice cream with dark chocolate chunks and Bing cherries), Bad Habit (dark chocolate), and Parent Trap (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter swirls and peanut butter Oreos).

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Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream
> Location: Salem, CT

Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream, established in 1988, operates under this credo: “To offer a premium product and superior service. It’s really that simple.” Besides telling its story and advertising its ice cream flavors, the shop’s website emphasizes the hiking and campsite opportunities in the region. Among the flavors Yelp reviewers cited were Almond Joy, black cherry chip, and salted caramel chip.

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Woodside Farm Creamery
> Location: Hockessin, DE

The Mitchell family established this property as a dairy farm in 1796. It eventually became a creamery in 1998. What’s on the ice cream menu? How about butter brickle, bacon, cappuccino crunch, cotton candy, and turtle (toasted pecan pieces and caramel blended in chocolate ice cream).

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