The best places to get ice cream in America – 24/7 Wall St.
It’s no surprise that July is National Ice Cream Month – so named in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. We are a nation of voracious ice cream consumers – second only to China – and July is our busiest month for both ice cream production and consumption, coast to coast.
While you can buy ice cream at any supermarket, independent ice cream parlors in city centers, on highways, and in malls endure because they’re as much a part of the summer ritual as going to the beach. For many of them, community development, environmental protection and food security are exciting topics. In addition to growing physically and online, many have built a wholesale business and distribute their products through retail outlets. (Check out the best ice cream shop in every state.)
There are many ice cream shops across the country to quench the appetite of ice cream lovers and choosing the best one is indeed a mouth-watering task. To compile a list of America’s best ice cream parlors, 24/7 Tempo considered ratings and reviews on a variety of food and general interest websites, including The daily meal, Eater, Today, PBS, Spoon University, Thrillistand Yelpas well as numerous local and regional sites.
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Most of the parlors on our list make their own ice cream on a small scale. Many have created unusual flavors like Rhubarb Crumble, Chocolate Bacon Toffee, Vietnamese Coffee, Iowa Sweet Corn, or Rye Whiskey Eggnog Sugar Cookie. (These are some of the delicious ice cream flavors we want to come back to.)
None of these break the list of most popular flavors, at least for now. The International Dairy Foods Association and Research America conducted a 2022 study of US ice cream data and trends (well, someone had to) and found that Americans rank chocolate as their favorite ice cream flavor, followed in that order by Cookies and Cream, Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan, French Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Caramel/Salted Caramel .