Today promises to be another great weather day for family recreation. Fortunately, it’s also Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. When planning your day of fun on the last weekend before the Fourth of July, map the direction to your favorite nearby ice cream stand. Treat your family to fun flavors like Tahitian Vanilla, Chai Ice Cream or some crunchy ice cream with yogurt covered pretzels.
Here are some New England favorites for you to try:
Best Soft Serve Ice Cream in Central Mass. – Ronnie’s
Ronnie’s has been serving the best soft serve ice cream for at least three decades from its Charlton, Mass. location. They keep the ice cream at the perfect temperature, making it the creamiest in the area. The ice cream cones are always the same size and the ice cream is always the right consistency.
208 City Depot Rd, Charlton, MA 01507
871 Southbridge St., Auburn, MA 01501
Best Old Fashioned Ice Cream Stand: Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop
Step back in time, in a good way, and experience the Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop. You won’t find any air pockets or bubbles or fluffed up ice cream here. The ice cream is rich and dense and bursting with flavor.
Location: 680 Danbury Rd., Ridgefield, CT – (203) 438-3094
Best On-site Farm Ice Cream Stand – Richardson’s Ice Cream
The ice cream doesn’t fall far from the dairy farm at Richardson’s Ice Cream. The ice cream is super rich thanks to the 16 percent butter fat content. Parents will be happy that the milk used to make the ice cream is hormone-free. This New England ice cream stand offers more than just ice cream, and you don’t have to eat in the car. Pick a spot by the waterfall or under a tree on the farm. There’s also miniature golf so you and the kids can burn off those calories.
156 South Main St. (Rte 114) Middleton, MA 01949
50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading, MA 01867
Freshest Ice Cream Cones: Hayward’s Ice Cream
Forget the styrofoam-like wafer cones (although some people do love them) and head to Hayward’s to experience a homemade cone. They make their cones daily, and you’ll discover that ice cream cones can be flavorful, too. They make their own ice cream on site, 120 gallons per hour to be exact. You can choose from 50 different flavors.
383 Elm Street, Milford, NH.
7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH
Best Custard: Hodgman’s Frozen Custard
Custard is not as popular in New England as it is in the Midwest. If you need your custard fix, you have to head to Hodgman’s Frozen Custard. They post a list of their flavors on their Facebook page.
Location: 1108 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester, ME; 207-926-3553
Most Unique Flavors: Gray’s Ice Cream
They had us at Ginger ice cream. What else can you find at Gray’s? Butter Krunch and Butter Pecan, Chocolate Walnut, Orange Pineapple, Strawberry Cheesecake, and a kids’ holiday favorite, peppermint.
Location: 16 East Road, Tiverton Four Corners, Tiverton, RI.