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The Quest for the Best Ice Cream of New England

New England Ice Cream

Nothing can better capture the spirit of a small New England town than visiting its seasonal ice creamery on a warm summer evening. New England residents Chris, Amy and Stephen have frequented many ice cream stands and read many articles claiming to find the best, but were never content with reading about other people’s experiences - we had to find out for ourselves! Our goal was to taste our way throughout New England on a comprehensive journey to find the very best ice cream and hot fudge sauce. To make things even more exciting, we did this over two weekends so all the tasting notes and experiences remain fresh in our taste buds. To our knowledge, nobody has ever visited and rated 50 New England ice creameries, and certainly not in such a short period of time.

How We Rated the Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Sauce

The ice cream, fudge, and overall experience was rated on a scale from 1-5. The following is how we defined each value:

rating The lowest rating and is an ice cream shop we don’t recommend if you’re yearning for a true New England ice cream experience.
rating Ice cream and fudge worth eating if you happen to be in the area. Since we are rating the very best, a score of "two" is actually quite good and would qualify for a listing on
rating Ice cream and fudge worth traveling across several towns to eat. A very memorable experience despite a few minor flaws.
rating Ice cream and fudge worth traveling across state lines to experience. Everything is fully satisfying and the entire experience is distinct and nearly flawless.
rating Epic ice cream and fudge. World class, highly memorable, and only reserved for the very, very best. The kind of ice cream we could lick a bowl clean even if we started on a full stomach. Only a select few of our 50 rated places might meet these criteria.

Eatery City State Rating
Herrell's Ice Cream Allston MA rating
Shaw's Ridge Farm Sanford ME rating
Sundae School Dennisport MA rating
Tubby's Ice Cream Wayne ME rating
Bishop's Ice Cream Littleton NH rating
Brown's Ice Cream York ME rating
Buttonwood Farms Griswold CT rating
Christina's Homemade Ice Cream Cambridge MA rating
Dr. Mike's Bethel CT rating
Emack & Bolio's Orleans MA rating
Rancatore's Ice Cream Belmont MA rating
Round Top Ice Cream Damariscotta ME rating
Shady Glen Manchester CT rating
Soco Creamery Great Barrington MA rating
Toots Ice Cream North Yarmouth ME rating
Toscanini's Cambridge MA rating
Annabelle's Ice Cream Portsmouth NH rating
Ashley's Ice Cream New Haven CT rating
Bedford Farms Bedford MA rating
Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium Falmouth MA rating
Benson's Ice Cream West Boxford MA rating
Chelsea Royal Diner West Brattleboro VT rating
Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar Sharon MA rating
Daily Scoop Kennebunk ME rating
Four Seas Ice Cream Centerville MA rating
Ice Cream Machine Cumberland RI rating
J.P. Licks Brookline MA rating
Kimball Farm Ice Cream Carlisle MA rating
Lizzy's Ice Cream Waltham MA rating
Peaceful Meadows Farm Whitman MA rating
Richardson's Ice Cream Middleton MA rating
Shain's of Maine Sanford ME rating
Smiling Hill Farm Westbrook ME rating
The Collins Creamery Enfield CT rating
The Daily Scoop Bristol RI rating
The Juice Bar Nantucket MA rating
Timothy's Bridgeport CT rating
UConn Dairy Bar Storrs CT rating
Beals Ice Cream Portland ME rating
Big Dipper Ice Cream Factory Prospect CT rating
Brickley's Ice Cream & Cakes Narragansett RI rating
Bubbling Brook Restaurant Westwood MA rating
Cows and Cones Gales Ferry CT rating
Dorman's Dairy Dream Thomaston ME rating
Gray's Ice Cream Tiverton RI rating
Hodgie's Ice Cream Amesbury MA rating
Michael's Dairy New London CT rating
Old Lyme Ice Cream Shop Old Lyme CT rating
Rich Farm Oxford CT rating
Shaw Farm Dracut MA rating
The James Gallery & Soda Fountain Old Saybrook CT rating
Lago's Lone Oak Rochester NH rating
Sullivan Farms Tyngsboro MA rating
White Farms Ice Cream Ipswich MA rating

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