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11 2013

The Inside Scoop on 10 Great American Ice Cream Shops

With July marking national ice cream month, TripAdvisor has dished up the top 10 ice cream shops in the U.S., based on the reviews and opinions of TripAdvisor travelers. From the coast of California to Cape Cod, you can enjoy a sundae, shake, or cone at any of these sweet stops and even expect to find some tasty and sometimes adventurous flavors – think chocolate jalapeno, candy cap mushroom, and graham cracker cake batter. If your mouth isn’t watering already, it will be soon…


Dietsch Brothers Inc., Findlay, Ohio

Dietsch Brothers Inc.

Dietsch Brothers Inc.

Since the 1920s, this family run sweet shop has served up decadent homemade ice cream to those who come from near and far. Traditional flavors include strawberry, coffee, and lemon custard while pumpkin, eggnog, and red velvet are among the seasonal samplings. “Grew up on it, still love it. Best homemade ice cream and candy ever,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.



Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar, Panama City Beach, Florida

Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar

Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar

This Bay County dairy bar proudly serves “the finest ice cream on the Gulf Coast.”  Its menu features 40 mouthwatering flavors including “Circus,” cotton candy ice cream loaded with dozens of colorful gummy bears. Homemade waffle cones, Italian ice, and old fashioned malts and milkshakes are also available. “Consistently fresh, usually busy, and always friendly. Never a disappointment,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.



Holy Cow, Red Hook, New York

Holy Cow

Holy Cow

For over 30 years, this Hudson Valley sweet factory has been serving smiles by the scoopful. Hard and soft ice cream are among the choices including its signature flavor “Holy Cow,” creamy vanilla lathered with peanut butter and mini peanut butter cups. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “This place is truly unique in that the ice cream is delicious and it’s cheap.”



Sweet Cow, Louisville, Colorado

Sweet Cow

Sweet Cow

Made with locally-sourced ingredients, this mountainside dairy bar prides itself on being the cleanest ice cream shop on the planet and is also eco-friendly, using only compostable and recyclable materials. The menu boasts more than 140 flavors that rotate daily and seasonally. “Good stop for ice cream lovers. Wonderful flavor choices. Very creamy delicious,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.



Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Bel Air, Maryland

Broom's Bloom Dairy

Broom’s Bloom Dairy

Open year-round, travelers will enjoy old-fashioned, hand-dipped ice cream that is made right on the farm. Scrumptious flavors include coconut almond, graham cracker cake batter, cookies and cream, and more. “Name your favorite flavor – they have it in ice cream. Rich, creamy, and delicious,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.



Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, Bonita Springs, Florida

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream

With over 30 locations, guests at this southern shop can choose from a variety of smooth and creamy options including Handle pops, fresh cones with towering scoops, or sundaes in one of their homemade waffle bowls. “Handel’s has by far the best ice cream in Florida. I had the Chocolate Pecan and it was divine,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.



Leo’s Ice Cream, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Leo's Ice Cream

Leo’s Ice Cream

Travelers with a sweet tooth will surely fall in love with Leo’s. Its extensive menu includes everything from frozen chocolate covered bananas to sundaes and splits. Traditional favorites can be enjoyed as well as unexpected flavors like jalapeno cornbread and honey sunflower vanilla. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The flavors are varied and creative, and the taste can’t be beat.”



Cowlicks Hand Made Ice Cream, Fort Bragg, California

Cowlicks Hand Made Ice Cream

Cowlicks Hand Made Ice Cream

Located along the Pacific Coast, this family owned shop serves up “absurdly good” ice cream and sources its dairy from local Petaluma cows. Guests are invited to sample as many flavors as they please, and those daring enough can devour the local favorite, “Candy Cap Mushroom.” A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The mushroom and s’more ice cream flavors are to-die-for. All the ice cream is made from quality ingredients.”



Ice Cream Smuggler, Dennis, Massachusetts

Ice Cream Smuggler

Ice Cream Smuggler

Known to many as the “best ice cream shop on Cape Cod,” this quaint dairy bar will not disappoint. For over 30 years the Smuggler has been sharing the tempting tastes of New England with locals and travelers from around the world. Among the 27 flavors are apple pie, frozen pudding, and fresh strawberry. “Great ice cream and a perfectly located pit stop after the beach,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.



oWowCow Creamery, Ottsville, Pennsylvania

oWowCow Creamery

oWowCow Creamery

Using only the freshest local ingredients, this natural ice cream shop proudly serves old-fashioned frothy floats, generous scoops, malted milkshakes and more. Unique flavors include chocolate jalapeno, cinnamon bourbon, and sweet honey cream. “This is the best of the best ice cream you can find. Incredible variety of flavors so if you are into trying new things this is the place to go,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.

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5 thoughts on “The Inside Scoop on 10 Great American Ice Cream Shops

  1. Pingback: Best Ice Cream Shops on the Gulf Coast | Tripshock Blog

    • I agree with Kathy! I am an ice cream addict and the best ice cream that I have ever had is Ted Drewes in St. Louis, Missouri. I get it every time I visit whether it is summer or winter, and even then the lines reach the street:)

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