The Best Places to Get Ice Cream in America

Source: Courtesy of Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery via Facebook

Clementine’s Creamery
> Location: St. Louis, MO

Clementine’s Creamery says “We deliver the goods” on its website, and that might be a reason why the establishment’s products made Oprah Magazine’s “O” list for sexiest ice cream in 2019. The shop, which considers itself a microcreamery, teamed with talk-show host and fellow St. Louis native Andy Cohen to create a flavor – Peppermint Andy – for a local cause. Other flavors include seasonal choices such as Italian butter cookie and fig and bourbon. Other liquor-infused options are boozy banana rum, Cadillac margarita sorbet, and chocolate cabernet.

Source: Photo by Terry S. via Yelp

Coneflower Creamery
> Location: Omaha, NE

Coneflower Creamery was founded by Brian Langbehn, a self-described “scoopologist,” and is co-owned by Katie Arant. Both have backgrounds in the pastry side of the food business. Coneflower was chosen as the name of the creamery because the flower of that name, native to Nebraska, is believed to have healing properties. Classic flavors at Coneflower include vanilla bean, cookies and cream, dark chocolate, and salted caramel. Other flavors, drawing raves from reviewers, are brown butter almond brittle, Grandma Minnie’s lemon bar, and tart cherry crumble.

Source: Courtesy of Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream via Facebook

Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream
> Location: Portsmouth, NH

Founded by Lewis E. Palosky in 1982, Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream quickly became a New England hit. The ice cream dubbed My Yellow Brick Road – a blend of golden vanilla ice cream with roasted pecans, praline pecans, and caramel swirls – has drawn plaudits in local media. Yelp reviewers laud the black raspberry and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Monster flavors.

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The Bent Spoon
> Location: Princeton, NJ

The Bent Spoon, which takes its name from an object in the film “The Matrix,” shows up frequently in statewide and national “best of” lists for ice cream parlors. Among the recommended flavors from reviewers on Yelp are the lavender mascarpone, coconut sorbet, and rosemary and tea-infused ice creams.

Source: Courtesy of Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream via Facebook

Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream
> Location: Rochester, NY

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates was launched in 2007 by Jennifer Posey, who wanted to create small batch confections using old world techniques. She subsequently opened an ice cream shop next door. Among the shop’s current flavors are chocolate and dairy-free lemon sorbets and candy cane and Almost Chocolate Chip ice creams.

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