It’s National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 21, and it couldn’t come at a better time. This 100+ degree heat wave has us seriously considering eating ice cream for breakfast. Don’t judge. You’ll want to, too, after checking out our Editors’ favorite ice cream shops around the country.
The Ice Cream Store, Rehoboth Beach, DE
“The Ice Cream Store at Rehoboth Beach might be a little hard to find, but it’s well worth the hunt. With flavors ranging from bacon (with real pieces of bacon!) to beer (made with Delaware-brewed Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale!), the Ice Cream Store is a one-of-a-kind, hole-in-the-wall boardwalk staple. My favorite flavor? Crack — brown sugar vanilla ice cream with pasteurized egg yolk, butter and sea salt.” – Amanda, Interactive Producer
Sebastian Joe’s, Minneapolis, MN
Sebastian Joe’s is the coolest spot for ice cream in Uptown Minneapolis. Take your pick from dozens of flavors, including Caramel Coffee Oreo, Roasted Garlic Almond Chip, Mint Milano, White Chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream. My summer ritual was to get a double scoop of Maple Nut and Cinnamon before casually strolling around Lake Harriet or Lake Calhoun. – Kwin, Managing Producer
Sundae School, Cape Cod, MA
“Don’t skip Sundae School!” is the motto at this classic, old-fashioned Massachusetts ice cream parlor — and it’s the motto I lived by as a kid during summers on Cape Cod. Long days of playing in the waves on the National Seashore were always topped off with a waffle cone of homemade strawberry ice cream. My mother still says it’s a “boring flavor choice,” but I say it’s perfection. Plus, Sundae School happens to be our own Samantha Brown’s favorite ice cream shop, too.“ –- Allee, Interactive Producer
Leopold’s Ice Cream, Savannah, GA
“The moment I walked into Leopold’s Ice Cream, it was heaven: homemade ice cream – butter pecan, caramel swirl, chocolate — oh God! — chocolate chip and so much more, all at this Savannah parlor dating back to 1919. Fun fact: The shop is owned by American film producer Stratton Leopold, who oversees the generations-old shop, adorned with movie memorabilia posters and autographed star pics like Georgia native Kim Basinger. But the real showstopper here is the ice cream sundae: gooey fudge, whipped cream, bananas, a cherry … and the ice cream of your choice waiting beneath it all. Take me back!” –- Lisa, Interactive Producer
Molly Moon’s, Seattle, WA
“One of my must-dos for my annual summer trip out to Seattle is to hit Molly Moon’s. This homemade ice cream shop has lines out the door, but it’s worth the wait. After your first scoop, you’ll be hooked on their freshly made waffle cones and seasonal flavors like Strawberry Sour Cream. And, no surprise with this java lovin’ town, they always offer their Stumptown Coffee flavor.” – Kathleen, Interactive Producer
Amy’s Ice Cream, Austin, TX
“When the summer temperatures reach into the 100s in Austin, TX, there’s no better way to cool off than with a trip to Amy’s Ice Cream. Choose from dozens of unique flavors (like All Thai’ed Up or Dementor’s Cloud) and Amy’s always-animated staff will ‘crush in’ your choice of toppings before throwing your treat into the air and catching it in a cup. My favorite: Mexican Vanilla (sweet cream and Mexican vanilla) with Kit Kats as a ‘crush in.’ But with dozens of unique flavors and toppings, it’s hard to choose!” – Liz, Photo Editor
Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, Rehoboth Beach, DE
“Vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, DE, as a kid, I mostly remember all of my cousins crammed into the beach house, Friday nights at Funland, the freezing ocean (even in July) – and the many boardwalk treats: Thrashers fries, Grotto Pizza, and of course, Kohr Brothers ice cream. The summer just wasn’t complete without a signature orange-and-vanilla swirl (or 3) from Kohr Brothers, still made from Archie Kohrs’ 1919 recipe.” –- Sara, Interactive Producer
Cold Stone Creamery, Tempe, AZ
“Whether you like vanilla or chocolate ice cream, Oreo Cookies or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Cold Stone Creamery lays out all your ingredients out on their “smashing” board and mixes whatever combination you choose to create a perfect blend of portion size and taste — the perfect treat for your retreat from the hot summer sun.” –- Ben, Interactive Producer
Bonus: We hear Cold Stone is celebrating with free ice cream for the first 200 guests starting at 2pm on Sunday.
From childhood classics to gourmet ingredients and surprisingly delicious flavor combinations, tell us: What’s your all-time favorite ice cream?
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