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White Farms Ice Cream

326 High Street, Ipswich, MA - (978) 356-2633
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 8/23/2010 6:13:00 PM
A regional taste recently made its first appearance on our Roadfood radar, at White Farms Ice Cream in Ipswich. One of their flavors is called Frozen Pudding, which we assumed was some sort of chocolate pudding-pop-like flavor. We didn't try any. Then we saw it on other Eastern Massachusetts ice cream rosters so, curiosity piqued, we finally asked someone about it. We learned that it's a Christmas-like rum-raisin-assorted-fruit ice cream (we're not certain, but we think the fruit is dried or candied, and includes maraschino cherries, pineapple, peaches and apples). Why is it called Frozen Pudding? We did a little internet investigation when we got home, and discovered it was a very common flavor in Eastern Massachusetts, and is found virtually nowhere else. Seems to be popular among a mostly older crowd. Sure wish we had tried some! Next time, for sure.

A popular stop for people on their way to or from Crane's Beach, White Farms makes its own old-fashioned-style ice cream, by which we mean it's a relatively high-overrun ice cream. It probably won't please the super-dense/super-butterfat hounds, but we've lately developed a fondness for these airier, easy-to-eat ice creams, particularly when they're made with care.

While we have yet to sample the Frozen Pudding, we especially enjoyed another New England flavor favorite, Grape-Nuts. The cream is barely sweetened. They use no flavorings, not even vanilla, which allows the abundance of nubbly cereal to dominate; it seems as if the cream itself has the grainy taste of Grape-Nuts. We've enjoyed Grape-Nuts ice cream many times before, but this one was strange and wonderful. Another flavor that's supposed to be particularly good is the Key Lime Pie.

The chilly evening we visited saw White Farms doing a lot of business. There are some picnic tables for sitting with your ice cream (no indoor facilities at all), but most folks lick their cones and spoon into sundaes standing up, or in their cars. Servings are enormous. There's a limited menu of burgers and dogs, of which we have no knowledge. The whole scene is watched over by a giant, generously-uddered roof cow.

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Red raspberry chip and Grape-Nuts.  These are the smallest, child-size servings.  White Farms is famous for their generous scooping technique.
"Red raspberry chip and Grape-Nuts. These are the smallest, child-size servings. White Farms is famous for their generous scooping technique."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Eastern Massachusetts' unusual flavor of frozen pudding ice cream is full of small bits of fruit.
"Eastern Massachusetts' unusual flavor of frozen pudding ice cream is full of small bits of fruit."
Cliff Strutz


White Farms has an interesting, and at times inscrutable, roster of ice cream flavors.  Click on the photo for a better view.
"White Farms has an interesting, and at times inscrutable, roster of ice cream flavors. Click on the photo for a better view."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A cold night isn't enough to stop the local ice cream lovers.
"A cold night isn't enough to stop the local ice cream lovers."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Love the cow drinking a milkshake sign!
"Love the cow drinking a milkshake sign!"
Cliff Strutz



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