In 1984, President Ronald Reagan decreed July as National Ice Cream Month, but we think any time is a good time to indulge in a cup or a cone. We're sharing where to find the best frozen treats around the country, from old-time ice cream parlors to imaginative gelato and sorbet shops experimenting with unusual flavors.
Bassetts Ice Cream
Reading Terminal Market
45 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bassetts dispenses premium ice cream in flavors like Guatemalan Ripple (Guatemalan sourced coffee with mocha fudge ripple and coffee filled chocolates). This old-time ice cream parlor was founded in 1861 but has been in its present home at Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market since 1893.
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Black Dog Gelato
859 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Jessie Oloroso dreams up creative, contemporary creations at Black Dog Gelato in Chicago. A pastry chef by trade, her background informs flavors, which often play upon both the savory and sweet.
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Four Seas Ice Cream
360 S. Main St.
Centerville, MA 02632
Four Seas is not only one of New England's oldest ice cream shops, it is also known as the longtime favorite of the Kennedy clan.
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8533 Beechmont Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Graeter's is a beloved fixture in most Cincinnati neighborhoods. The ice cream continues to be made by a laborious process in which workers use hand-carved paddles to scrape it from French pots, the earliest ice cream makers manufactured.
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2790 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Humphry Slocombe in San Francisco features offbeat flavor combinations that will baffle and satisfy. These innovative scoops include "secret breakfast," an intoxicating mix of Bourbon and cornflakes.
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St.
New York, NY 10002
Jon F. Snyder, founder and former owner of gelato company Ciao Bella, brought Manhattan an upscale ice cream shop that makes just about everyone scream.
Mora Iced Creamery
139 Madrone Ln.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Mora Iced Creamery on Bainbridge Island, a 30-minute ferry boat ride from Seattle, is well worth the excursion for the shop's hand-churned ice cream.
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Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts
749 Moreland Ave. SE, Ste. B102
Atlanta, GA 30316
Had your "Death by Chocolate" lately? Slowly savor this deep, dense chocolate ice cream base with a swirl of even deeper fudge-like chocolate within. How about corn ice cream? These are just a few of the options you might find at Morelli's Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts in Atlanta.
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Sprinkles Ice Cream
9631 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Premium ingredients like TCHO chocolate, Valrhona cocoa, LAMILL espresso and Sprinkles Cupcakes lend taste and texture to the flavors at Sprinkles Ice Cream in Beverly Hills.
Wild About Harry's
3113 Knox St.
Dallas, TX 75205
The line is almost always out the door, so it seems like everyone is wild about Harry's hot dogs and frozen custard in Dallas.
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