The Inside Scoop On 10 Must-Visit Ice Cream Shops

family eating ice creamThe summer can bring an abundance of fun, laughter and fond memories. It also brings with it the bright sun, long days and yes, the heat. It’s important to cool off when you can, and when you do, make sure you do it with a delicious frozen treat and a smile.

Ice cream shops can be found just about everywhere. But there are a handful or two out there which some ice cream lovers consider to be an essential part of anyone’s bucket list, and we’re here to bring you the inside scoop. Whether you’re vacationing this season, or soaking up everything the summer has to offer from your own hometown, try and make it to one of these terrific ice cream stops scattered across the country.

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts – Honolulu, HI

This is where you go to experience Peace through Mochi. If you’re ever in Honolulu you’ve simply got to stop by. At Bubbies, you’ll find out what it’s like to sink your teeth into bite-sized balls of gourmet ice cream wrapped in rice confection. It’s absolutely blissful and refreshing, especially with the list of ice cream they use, including passion fruit, green tea, and raspberry white chocolate, just to name a few. “Mahalo!”

Harborwalk Scoops & Bites – Punta Gorda, FL

When Trip Advisor rates a shop as being the #1 Ice Cream Shop in America for 2015, you know it’s got to be good. Besides the terrific ice cream, one of the nice things about this gem is that it’s located right on Charlotte Harbor overlooking the marina at Laishley Park. Imagine enjoying your favorite ice cream as you wait for the sun to set along the Florida horizon. Whether you’re passing through on your bike, on foot, or even by boat, stop in and enjoy Harborwalk’s claim to fame, ice cream with a view.

Island Creamery – Chincoteague Island, VA

The year prior, in 2014, Trip Advisor labeled gave the number one rating to this little Mom & Pop ice cream shop on Chincoteague Island. Talk about out-of-this-world flavor—have you ever tried chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and chili pepper? Then you need to swing by and ask for Wallops Rocket Fuel. Like a bit of a cooler taste? Their Iced Nirvana will satisfy the iced coffee lover inside of you.

Ice Cream Jubilee – Washington, D.C.

A top ten ice cream list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the greatest in our Nation’s Capital. Ice Cream Jubilee has been voted the Best Ice Cream Shop in D.C. by the Washington City Paper and acknowledged by Thrillist as one of the Best Ice Cream Shops in America. And with flavors like Caramel Popcorn, Honey Lemon Lavender, and Mango Habenero, it’s not surprising.

Brickley’s Ice Cream – Narragansett, RI

A true Mom & Pop establishment, the first Brickley’s store was actually a converted former doctor’s office. This place has consistently been voted as the “Best Ice Cream in South County.” Try as many flavors as you like, but Apple Pie and Butter Brickley have been considered by some to be absolute must-tastes.

Dietsch Brothers Inc – Findlay, OH

Voted the best ice cream in all of Ohio, Dietsch Brothers has been around since three brothers—Edward, Chris and Don—first opened the doors of this ice cream spot in the late 1920’s. Known for their candies and chocolate as well, Dietsch’s has specialized in creating some of the best and most unique ice cream in the Midwest. Red Hot Cinnamon, Blueberry Waffle Cone, Chocolate Marshmallow—the list goes on and on.

Rococo Artisan Ice Cream – Kennebunkport, ME

This ice cream comes with a history. Lauren Guptill, who migrated all the way from Argentina, brought her passion for Argentine ice cream when she moved to Maine. Her ice cream is so rich and creamy, it’s often been confused with gelato. Chai Cardamom, Hazelnut Gingerbread, Lemon Thyme Shortbread—these are flavors you have to taste yourself to believe.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Nashville, TN

Jeni Bauer and her team have made it their mission to make “REALLY great ice cream” and bring people together in the process. With new flavors being created regularly, like Atlantic Beach Pie and Ylang Ylang & Fennel, locals just can’t stay away. Jeni loves homemade ice cream so much, she’s actually written a book on it. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home includes over 100 recipes that anyone can easily churn out.

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams – Santa Barbara, CA

McConnell’s is known as “California’s original and finest. Since 1949.” The Bliss Brigade, as the team likes to refer to themselves, has been perfecting their craft of producing amazing ice cream for almost 70 years! They’ve got to be doing something right. That may seem like a long time to some, but for a company that believes in saving the world one scoop at a time, they won’t be hanging up their hats anytime soon.

Salt & Straw – Portland, OR

This unique ice cream shop started by cousins Kim and Tyler is where you can find delicious ice cream that’s handmade in small batches with the finest local and organic ingredients. Step inside and try Grandma Malek’s Almond Brittle, Salted Ganache or Chocolate Gooey Brownie. Simply put, the flavors here are absolute heaven.

A quick stop at any one of these locations is sure to help you stay cool before you get behind the wheel this summer. For more sweet deals, visit geico.com and see how much you could save on auto, RV, boat, and homeowners coverage—plus much more.

By Steven Scott

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