Lifestyle: Get the Scoop: 6 of the Best Ice Cream Parlors in America

Here’s good news: July is national ice cream month. (Though we bet you don’t need an excuse to treat yourself to a cone.)

There will always be a place for chocolate ice cream topped with rainbow sprinkles, but lately non-traditional flavors are what everyone is spooning in. From Philadelphia to Denver, parlors are rethinking the classic scoop and sharing the best ice cream parlors in America.

(Photo courtesy of Visit Milwaukee)

Purple Door Ice Cream, Milwaukee, WI
The list wouldn’t be complete without a parlor in Wantable’s hometown (holla!). Wisconsin’s legendary dairy cows can be thanked for the ultra-rich texture. And because the denizens of Milwaukee love their booze, you’ll find many flavors spiked with liquor. For a true taste of the city, dip into one inspired by Milwaukee’s official cocktail – the brandy old fashioned.


morgensterns(Photo courtesy of Alan Gastelum / Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream)

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, New York City, NY
Pastry chef Nicholas Morgenstern spent years in the kitchen of some of New York’s most sophisticated restaurants and it certainly shows. He appeals to sophisticated sweet tooths with offerings such as salt-pepper-pine nut and cardamom-lemon-jam. Have a birthday party coming up? Mix and match your favorite ice cream flavors and toppings for a cake that guests will polish off in no time (we hear the matcha-coconut one is nothing short of amazing).

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Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Philadelphia, PA
The hipsters behind this chainlet invent flavors with the glee of kids set loose in the kitchen. They first grabbed our attention with scoops that tasted like pizza. Since then, they’ve followed suit with equally wackadoodle creations. Buttered popcorn, sushi, or ramen, anyone?


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Salt & Straw, Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA
It’s no wonder that there’s a regularly a line down the block for its out-of-the-box creations. Your tastebuds will thank you for daring to try options that meld savory and sweet ingredients. Once you have a scoop of goat cheese-marionberry-habanero or arbequina olive oil, you may never go back to classic chocolate.

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Sweet Action Ice Cream, Denver, CO
If you’re tastes are anything but vanilla, you’ll love Sweet Action’s vast and ever-changing menu. Confections made with baklava, beer, and pomegranate are part of the rotating lineup.Those who need to taste a spoonful of each flavor before taking the plunge may be there awhile. Consult its Twitter feed for an update of the day’s flavors.


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Blue Marble Ice Cream, Brooklyn, NY
Somehow just knowing that its flavors are made with USDA organic certified ingredients make that scoop taste even better. Founders Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas also insist on biodegradable bowls, spoons, and straws. Cooler still, the duo assists women in recovering areas of the world run ice cream shops of their own.

(Feature photo courtesy of Leela Cyd / Salt & Straw)