The summertime is the right time for just about anything cool. The options are endless with iced and blended coffee, cold herbal teas, popsicles, frozen yogurt, smoothies, sorbet, milk shakes and gelato. But there is nothing like good ole ice cream. And with the basic ingredients of milk, cream and sugar mixed with limitless flavors this frozen treat will make you scream.
In most cities there are both local and national ice cream shops to satisfy your craving and cool you off. I have never had ice cream that I didn’t like. And being able to taste before you order it’s almost impossible to choose something that doesn’t work for you. Though the ingredients are basic each shop has a slightly different spin on the cool treat to stand a part from their competitors. This is a short list of ice cream parlors across the US, they are sure to be in an area nearby you.
Baskin-Robbins: Made popular for its “31 flavors” concept. It was a way to let its customers know they can enjoy a different type of ice cream each day of any month. Founded by brother-in-law duo Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in Glendale, California. The company once operated separately, in 1945 they had two shops called Burton’s Ice Cream Shop and Snowbird Ice Cream. It was not until 1953 that they merged for what we now know as Baskin-Robbins. You can attribute tasting ice cream before you pick what you’d like to purchase to these guys courtesy of the pink spoon. The franchise is home of the ice cream cake and the iconic “31 Flavors”. It’s the big daddy of ice cream shops with some 8,600 locations around the globe, its parent company is the Dunkin’ Brands and they offer franchise opportunities.
Ben & Jerry’s: Founded in 1978 by childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield in Burlington, Vermont. This after taking a $5 dollar correspondence class on ice cream making at Pennsylvania State University Creamery. They scooped their signature chunky ice cream from a renovated gas station until they were forced to move to another location and later opened other stores in Vermont. In 1990, they sold the company to Unilever. You can find a shop in most major cities, if not your nearest grocery store is sure to have some pints of its most popular flavors like Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cherry Garcia. If you’re in Vermont, Waterbury specifically, stop by the factory for a short tour.
Cold Stone Creamery: This ice cream shop makes custom made treats right in front of you. The company started in 1988 in Tempe, Arizona by Donald and Susan Sutherland. The ice cream made with 12-14 percent butterfat is fresh daily and can be combined with nuts, fruits, candy, cookies and brownies. You can have them mix any combination you like. CSC also makes ice cream cakes, pies and cookie sandwiches. Plus smoothies, shakes and iced or blended coffee drinks.
Haagen-Dazs: This company was established by another husband and wife duo, Reuben and Rose Mattus back in 1961. They began with just three flavors, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. It wasn’t until 1976 when they’d open up their own shop in Brooklyn, New York. Like many national brands, Haagen-Dazs is now franchised around the world but the closet location maybe at your local super market. The flavors have expanded but the simple and creamy taste remains the same.
Dairy Queen: DQ is a staple across the nation. You are guaranteed to find one in the smallest of towns and the largest of cities everywhere. It’s owned by International Dairy Queen which is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, they also own Karmelkorn and Orange Julius. The first location opened up in June of 1940 in Joliet, Illinois. Their ice cream is soft serve, they offer food like hot dogs and burgers but they are most famous for The Blizzard. Rumor has it if it’s not on the main menu ask for it, they may have what you want on a “secret” menu.
Honorable mentions, for a quick fix head to fast food places like Wendy’s, Arby’s, McDonald’s and Chick Fil-A who all have ice cream and shakes that are worth the quick stop. Now these chains are go to staples but a simple Yelp search will lead you to the nearest local shop in your area. Don’t be afraid to visit one especially in the hot sizzle of the summer. Stay cool friends.
Whose your favorite ice cream shop? Comment below before you run to get your favorite flavor!