Best ice cream shops and creative ice cream flavors in America
Some are staunchly old-fashioned parlors, serving cones, sundaes and other classic frozen desserts to generation-spanning crowds of loyal locals. Others are hip upstarts, building widespread buzz for their epicurean experiments. But they’re all destination-class ice cream shops, so consider this your itinerary for the coolest summer road trip ever.
The New York Times called it the best ice cream in the world—just one of the many accolades the Cambridge shop/café has collected since it was co-founded by Steve’s alum Gus Rancatore in 1981. Toscanini’s continues to push the flavor boundaries with such intriguing and satisfying combinations as B3 (brownies, brown sugar, brown butter) and the amazing burnt caramel, which was actually created by accident. But if you insist on gilding the lily, order a “micro sundae,” a small scoop topped with house-made hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and sprinkles.
Ample Hills now has two brick-and-mortar locations plus an outpost in Gotham West Market and seasonal kiosks in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Rockaway Beach. The two-story Gowanus, Brooklyn, follow-up to husband-and-wife team Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna’s Prospect Heights scoop shop churns out ever-changing, off-the-wall flavors that will please inner and actual kids alike. Snap Mallow Pop, an überrich, jet-puffed marshmallow number studded with crunchy, toasted rice-cereal nibs, is as comforting as bake sale Rice Krispies Treats. READ MORE…