The Best Places to Get Ice Cream in America

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Il Laboratorio del Gelato
> Location: New York City, NY

lI Laboratorio del Gelato was founded in 2002 with the idea of creating a “laboratory” where flavor creation and recipe development were the focus, classic flavors could be perfected, and chefs would be encouraged to develop unique flavors for their menus. Since then, lI Laboratorio del Gelato has become a major New York City restaurant wholesaler and retailer for handcrafted gelato, with a flavor list of about 300 flavors, among them cheddar cheese, chocolate Thai chili, black currant, rice, and hazelnut amaretto crunch.

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OddFellows Ice Cream Co
> Location: Brooklyn, NY

OddFellows Ice Cream Co., founded in Brooklyn in 2013, started because of a pregnancy craving. Two years earlier, Mohan Kumar’s pregnant wife, Holiday, found herself longing for savory instead of sweet ice cream, but it could not be found. Kumar mentioned this to a friend, pastry chef Sam Mason, who concocted pretzel ice cream for her. She loved the confection and the three decided to open a shop. Since it opened, they have created more than 500 new flavors as well as reimaging old favorites. Their Bodega Capsule collection includes flavors like Baconeggncheese and Host of Cupcakes.

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Sugar Hill Creamery
> Location: New York City, NY

Husband-and-wifeife owners Nick and Petrushka Bazin Larsen did not start in the food business. He had hoped to be a comedian and she was an executive at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Their love of community, and food, propelled them to open an ice creamery in 2017 in Harlem, however, and another in 2020, the year they began shipping their products nationwide. Some of their ice cream flavors are an homage to pop culture, for instance Neneh Cherry (nuts and cherries), named after the Scandinavian singer, and Mrs. Robinson’s Neighborhood (yellow squash and homemade zucchini bread with pickled ginger), a reference to an Eddie Murphy skit on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats
> Location: Carolina Beach, NC

Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats is a southeastern North Carolina institution, serving ice cream aficionados for 26 years. Its website encourages you to “come get squiggled.” The building dates from the 1930s and served as a boarding house for tourists, a rest stop for GIs in WWII, and a donut shop before Ann and Joe Coen bought it and converted it into an ice cream destination. Its trademark sweet is the Squigley, a corkscrew-like confection created by the shop’s patented machine. From a base of vanilla ice cream, customers can embellish the treat with various fruits, candies, and baked goods that can be “squiggled” into a custom flavor of ice cream.

Roxy’s Ice Cream Social
> Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Proprietors Shane and Raena Mutz named Roxy’s after their dog. The Mutzes first put their stamp on the Oklahoma City ice cream scene in 2012 with a food truck that dispensed float confections such as Dreamsicle, classic root beer, cherry lemonade, coffee root beer, and chocolate. Vegans on Yelp rejoiced at the choices of vegan ice creams and vegan whipped cream and cookies. A double dip of salted caramel and coffee and cream won over another reviewer.

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