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Great regional ice creams

Those of us who travel always like to try the local flavors. Lots of great regional ice creams from large companies to little shops are known only to the locals. For example, NH has Annabels, PEI has Cows, and we in Massachusetts have Barts, Pearsons, Richardsons, and Bergsons among others. Where do you live, and what is your favorite in that area?
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    danfling
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/07 11:25:04 (permalink)
    Seale-Lily is the local brand here in Mississippi. I don't know what the best flavor is, but, for YEARS, they advertised their peach flavor a lot!

    There also used to be a Seale-Lily ice cream parlor, but it closed in the late 1970s.

    LuVel is also a popular local brand.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/07 12:06:12 (permalink)
    Umpqua , based in Roseburg, Oregon, is one of our local regional dairies.
    Pretty decent ice creams, along with a variety of other products.
    Everyone who drives I-5 through the center of Oregon knows to stop at the Drive-In on the west side of I-5 at Rice Hill, famous for
    stocking all flavors. It's pumpkin pie Ice Cream time! yeah!
    http://www.umpquadairy.com
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/07 13:00:16 (permalink)
    I didn't know any "Quality Chekd" dairies were still in business. Here in Massachusetts, I bought some cows at the Hillcrest auction when they quit many years ago. If I had known about Umpqua last time we were on I-5 in OR, I would have stopped. We had some good but not special ice cream in Montana a few months ago, but I forget the name. I do remember the "Fat Boy" ice cream bars though. They have a good name and they believe in truth in advertising!
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/07 13:09:42 (permalink)
    I had black raspberry chocolate chip ( really more like large shavings than chips) recently in Cincinnati by a local company called Graeters (sp?). Very creamy and very good.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/07 19:54:57 (permalink)
    Cold Stone Creamary in AK, Wells Blue Bunny in Iowa, Hodgie's in Amesbury, MA.......but the TRUE GREAT creme de la creme is Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis in Paris.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 10:51:57 (permalink)
    I don't plan to go to Paris anytime soon but they are opening a Stone Cold Creamery in a local shopping center soon. I don't know if there are any others in Mass. I think it is a franchise. I will be testing as soon as they open.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 11:32:44 (permalink)
    "Kopp's" in Milwaukee is the best I've ever had, and I have tried ice cream, gelato, and custards in 49 states, DC, and 6 foreign countries in the 64 years before making my first visit to Milwaukee last November.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 14:02:46 (permalink)
    How regional would you consider Hershey's Ice Cream to be??

    also for tmiles: check out www.qchekd.com ....interesting how one of the 'Quality Chekd' dairies is the mighty Oberweis of Illinois
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 14:18:43 (permalink)
    Applegate Farms in Montclair (i think, maybe Clifton), New Jersey. They have seasonal flavors too - right now they have pumpkin ice cream.

    As much as I love ice cream - it's a rarity that I indulge. Alas, I am left eating Tasti D-Lite in NYC. It's not even that good - but for a lite option, it can hit the spot. Not to mention there is one less then a block from my apartment. I think it has even been discussed on Sex & the City - if that's not a regional specialty, I don't know what is!!
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 16:30:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by lleechef

    Cold Stone Creamary in AK, Wells Blue Bunny in Iowa, Hodgie's in Amesbury, MA.......but the TRUE GREAT creme de la creme is Berthillon on the Ile St. Louis in Paris.


    Blue Bunny isn't local anymore. I buy it fairly often in souther Arizona.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/08 17:53:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tmiles

    I don't plan to go to Paris anytime soon but they are opening a Stone Cold Creamery in a local shopping center soon. I don't know if there are any others in Mass. I think it is a franchise. I will be testing as soon as they open.


    What part of Massachusetts are you in? I know one has just opened up in Hingham. I haven't been, but they're getting rave reviews.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2004/10/09 08:18:41 (permalink)
    We have a good dairy, Mayfield, that covers east TN & north GA as far as I know, and may have a larger area as well, but it makes ice creams, milks, and has a great visitor tour at their plant in Athens, TN.

    carl reitz
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/01 23:53:55 (permalink)
    Taos Cow.
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    Pinon nut flavor.....goooood.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/02 00:35:40 (permalink)
    The best ice cream ever sadly went out of business.

    Robin Rose in Venice, CA.

    OMG it was good.

    Chocolate Raspberry Truffle to die for!

    Mashti Malone's is interesting. They have flavors like rosewater, oranageflower water and saffron.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/04 02:17:41 (permalink)
    Tillamook ice cream in Oregon is an excellent local ice cream. Marionberry pie is my favorite flavor.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/04 02:44:37 (permalink)
    Purity Ice Cream is still around in Ithaca, New York...the creamiest ice cream around upstate New York...great pistachio, and they used to (hope they still do) have special holiday flavors like eggnog, etc.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/04 13:03:44 (permalink)
    There is a place here in Gastonia, NC ( not far at all off of I85) that has the best ice cream ever.
    It has been here for 60-70 years and the ice cream is hard to beat. They have a signature flavor of grape that is unusual, but the butter pecan( full of chopped toasted pecans) and the black walnut are the best.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/04 13:32:38 (permalink)
    emsmom, What would the name of that shop be. I will stop by next cruise up 85.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 11:53:32 (permalink)
    Well I was going to post about this one, but...

    http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=88004&ran=209139

    Seven decades of dairy farming put to rest in two days. *sigh*

    The had a wonderful apple pie ice cream.

    Cathy
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 13:22:18 (permalink)
    Everybody talks about Graeter's in Cincinnati, which is terrific. But Aglamesis' Brothers, in Oakley, is also pretty good. And my friend Catherine in NC misses United Dairy Farmers, a nice local chain with great shakes, malts, "homemade" brand ice cream, etc. My favorite at UDF is the orange cream sherbet freeze.

    There are also several excellent local soft-serve places in our area.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 13:48:10 (permalink)
    Bassetts Ice Cream in Philadelphia...Yummy!!!

    Their butterscotch vanilla is the best!

    http://www.bassettsicecream.com/
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 14:27:23 (permalink)
    I will endorse/recommend/add my vote to the following-
    MAYFIELDS Dairy (Tennessee)- The Ice Cream parlor at the Dairy makes wonderful sundaes and even just the ice cream alone is outstanding. Serving it in a park-like setting makes the enjoyment all the better. Buying it in the store is good, but eating at the source is Outstanding!

    Tillamook Oregon- Same description as Mayfields!! Great Ice Cream and plenty of other dairy and snack stuff to shop while enjoying the sweet cream.

    Graeters- The Cincinnati chain has built a stand just 10 minutes from me. That was a smart business move for them ! Very Good cream in a Baskin Robbins style environment.

    For the Mom and Pops in the crowd...Don't forget about Mundts Candies in Madison Indiana. Located in a Victorian store on Main St in this great old river town, about 50 miles up river from Louisville, Mundts is reviewed on this site by the Sterns as a candy and ice cream producer for generations in this location. Stop in for a cone or a couple of scoops in a cup and enjoy the taste treats that your great-grandparents raved about.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 14:37:37 (permalink)
    Maple View Farm in Hillborough, NC, just close to Chapel Hill, makes its own genuine ice cream, in a bunch of flavors, including seasonals. It's a known spot locally, and just off I-85 (close to Allen & Son). And what's best of all, they've declared themselves a land conservancy, to preserve the dairy operation.
    http://www.mapleviewfarm.com/
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 15:02:20 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by tybeeguy

    emsmom, What would the name of that shop be. I will stop by next cruise up 85.

    Just guessing, but it sounds like "Tony's" to me.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 15:56:11 (permalink)
    Here in the Quiet Corner of CT, it's We-Lik-It Ice Cream, on Rt. 97 in Abington (Pomfret), CT. Made right there great, creamy ice cream, in a galaxy of flavors - hard to pick a favorite. If you go, get yours on the made while you watch waffle cone! Yummy!
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/05 16:14:29 (permalink)
    "Pat Mitchell's" in Endicott, NY It's been a while since I've been there (I live in NH now), but they are a local favorite.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/13 00:05:16 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Hillbilly

    "Kopp's" in Milwaukee is the best I've ever had, and I have tried ice cream, gelato, and custards in 49 states, DC, and 6 foreign countries in the 64 years before making my first visit to Milwaukee last November.


    Hope you had a burger, too. Kopp's won the Milwaukee Magazine poll for best burger so often they retired the category!

    A root beer float with Sprecher's pop (local brewery) is the best dessert you'll ever have.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/13 03:13:07 (permalink)
    Darigold is a very good Northwest grocery store ice-cream.
    Wilcox Dairy at the Western Washington State Fair makes fantastic soft ice-cream.
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    RE: Great regional ice creams 2005/08/13 09:37:09 (permalink)
    Best of the Midwest is Whitey's Ice cream in Moline, IL (Quad Cities USA) home of John Deere and Boetje's mustard as well.

    The following link has history of Dairy Queen, Maid Rite, Boetje's as well.
    http://www.visitquadcities.com/2004/for_the_media/nr_made_in_qc.html

    A trip to the Quad Cities is not complete without a stop at a Whitey's Ice Cream store. This favorite treat was named "Best in the Midwest" by Midwest Living Magazine. Started by Chester "Whitey" Lindgren in 1933, he ran the store on 16th Street in Moline until 1953 when he sold it to Ron Tunberg. Turning it into a family business, Ron's sons, Jon and Jeff, manage the growing company today-now with over ten locations and selling it wholesale. Over the years, a number of innovations to the industry were born at Whitey's such as: high powered malt machines, extra thick shakes and malts, candy bar shakes, and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, to name a few. In a survey by Illinois Magazine published in its October 2002 issue, Whitey's was voted to have the "Best Dessert" in the State of Illinois.

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