Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge
> Location: Lexington, KY
Founded by Mike and Toa Green in 2011, Crank & Boom originated as a dessert adjunct to the family’s restaurant, Thai Orchid Café. They used a two-quart Cuisinart home ice cream machine at first. There are now two scoop shops and the company says its mission is to bring joy to the lives of others. A source of that joy might be its flavors. Customers can partake of Kentucky blueberry and buttermilk, maple bacon, and blueberry balsamic, among others.
> Location: Louisville, KY
Louisville Cream is a small-batch ice cream company in downtown Louisville, locally owned since 2014 and using local milk from JD Country Milk. The creamery boasts such flavors as pistachio honeycomb, bourbon baklava (it is Louisville, after all), mascarpone and strawberry, and salted butter caramel. The shop also has a robust pastry business. Yelp reviewers applauded the generous portions, with one calling Louisville Cream a “next-level” ice cream shop.
> Location: New Orleans, LA
Creole Creamery has three locations in the New Orleans area and one in Bay St. Louis, on the Mississippi coast. It offers such specialty sundaes as the Sky Scraper (cookies & cream, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, with caramel, hot fudge, crushed Oreos whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry) and the I Scream Fudge! (I Scream Fudge! ice cream in a fudge-coated glass with chocolate chips, whipped cream, cocoa powder, and a cherry).
Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream
> Location: Cambridge, MA
Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream has been a Cambridge mainstay since 1983, winning kudos from publications such as Bon Appétit and Travel and Leisure. Customers indulge in about 50 flavors that include exotic offerings such as adzuki bean, ginger molasses, honey lavender, and crème fraîche. A Yelp reviewer called the chocolate banana and the Mocha Explosion “amazing.” The cash-only business is mostly takeout.
> Location: Minneapolis, MN
Gabriella Grant and Ben Spangler co-own Bebe Zito. When the two went to the opening of their second store, Ben popped the question to Gabriella, who said yes. The shop has been seen on the Food Network and is on the short list of “best of” ice creameries in Minnesota. Getting approval from reviewers are: Romeo and Juliet (cream cheese custard and fresh guava ripple with a Ritz cracker and guava sauce) and Strawberry Fields 4 Ever (strawberry rhubarb raspberry jam with cream cheese).
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