Old-fashioned ice cream shops are fine and dandy, but for a twist on the tried-and-true summertime staple, pop into one of these hot shops to cool down this season.
The Comfy Cow (Louisville, KY)
Don’t miss out on The Comfy Cow’s signature Bourbon Ball Ice Cream, which is filled with house-made nuggets infused with Old Forester and enveloped in dark chocolate. Brown Butter Peanut Brittle, Georgia Butter Pecan, and Lemon Cream Raspberry are just a few of the other unique varieties scooped out at the local chain’s five outposts.
Blue Marble (Brooklyn, NY)
While the secret’s been out for a while in Brooklyn about Blue Marble’s organic ice cream, sourced with local ingredients, the parlor’s popularity doesn’t make it any less delicious. Go classic with chocolate or vanilla, or try something a bit different like Midnight Mint Cookie, green tea, pumpkin, or Mexican chocolate.
Diddy Riese (Westwood, CA)
Ice cream sandwiches are the specialty at Diddy Riese, a Southern California favorite since the early ’80s. Mix and match cookies and ice cream flavors to create your perfect combination, whether it’s white chocolate macadamia nut with cheesecake chunk or sugar cinnamon with cookie dough.
J.P. Licks (Boston, MA)
J.P. Licks has been serving up scoops and sundaes to Boston-area patrons for almost 40 years, but they keep things fresh with seasonal flavors like chai and strawberry rhubarb. Can’t do dairy or gluten? Don’t fret. The chain always has at least a few sorbet and fruit options that will satisfy your sweet tooth. Milkshakes, floats, sundaes, and coffee drinks round out the menu.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (New York, NY)
If you like your ice cream with a side of sass, look no further than NYC’s Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Inspired by everyone’s favorite Golden Girl, the Bea Arthur Cone has a vanilla soft serve core that’s filled with dulce de leche and covered with crushed Nilla Wafers, while the Rocky Roadhouse is a tribute to Patrick Swayze, complete with chocolate ice cream, chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows, and toasted almonds.
L’Artisan des Glaces Sorbet and Ice Cream Shop (Orlando, FL)
Grown-ups at Disney World, take heed: in addition to handcrafted frozen treats, this Epcot ice cream parlor offers an Ice Cream Martini with Grand Marnier and whipped cream vodka or rum. The happiest place on earth, indeed.