Whether it's a Good Humor bar or $10 sundae, Americans love ice cream—and fantastic parlors are creating brilliant flavors with ultracreamy textures to entice us. Here, Food & Wine presents the top artisanal, exotic, and nostalgic frozen desserts across the country.
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Brooklyn: Blue Marble
Signature Item: Strawberry ice cream
All the ice creams here are made with organic NYMilk products from grass-fed cows in upstate New York.
Traverse City, Mich.: Moomers Homemade Ice Cream
Signature Item: Cherries Moobilee ice cream (made with local cherries)
The hands-down favorite of locals. The deck offers views of grazing dairy cows.
Missoula, Mont.: Big Dipper Ice Cream
Signature Item: Huckleberry ice cream (made with local berries)
The inspired flavors range from El Salvador Coffee to Honey Porter.
Hillsborough, N.C.: Maple View Farm and Dairy
Signature Item: Carolina Crunch (vanilla ice cream with bits of Heath Bar, Butterfinger, caramel cups, and a caramel swirl)
This family-owned dairy farm just outside Chapel Hill opened its ice cream shop in 2000.
Portsmouth, N.H.: Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream
Signature Item: Mint Summer Night's Dream (mint chocolate ice cream with dark and white chocolate chunks)
This hugely popular shop right on the Portsmouth waterfront serves all-natural ice cream in more than 30 regular flavors, plus rotating seasonal ones.