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Ten Great Spots to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

By Lauren Ikenn

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! In honor of the the best day of the year (National Ice Cream Day, of course), we went ahead and rounded up ten of the best ice cream spots in America. Grab your family and hop on the road because these delicious establishments are not to be missed!

  1. Graeter’s, (Cincinnati, Ohio):

If you live in the Midwest, chances are you’ve heard of Graeter’s. Between their legendary handcrafted ice cream being sold in five states and their Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream being awarded “Top 5 Ice Creams In America” by Food Network, they’re doing pretty well for themselves.

  1. Bi-Rite Creamery, (San Fransisco, California):

Ice cream fanatics travel from near and far to taste this delicious California treat. While Bi-Rite Creamery may have a line down the block, their handcrafted ice cream and baked goods are well worth the wait.

  1. Sweet Rose Creamery, (Los Angeles, California):

Sweet Rose Creamery prides themselves on using all fresh and organic ingredients. This delicious ice cream shop has locations all over La-La Land and features innovative flavors like Malted Milk With Mocha Ripple and Summer Corn.

  1. Kopp’s Frozen Custard, (Milwaukee, Wisconsin):

Yes, custard isn’t technically ice cream but Kopp’s is so good we had to include it. While this Wisconsin staple also serves dinner, they’re best known for their incredible frozen custard. With three Wisconsin locations, Kopp’s is the perfect Midwest dessert destination.

  1. Creole Creamery, (New Orleans, Louisiana):

Ice cream may not be what New Orleans is known for but Creole Creamery is an absolute must. This old-school ice cream shop’s tasty flavors are constantly changing and they have toppings galore. What more could you ask for?

  1. Margie’s Candies, (Chicago, Illinois):

Margie’s Candies is the excuse you’ve been waiting for to travel to the Windy City. This Chicago treasure, known for their hot fudge sundaes, opened in 1921 and has been turning a profit since. Try their handcrafted ice cream, milkshakes and and candies; your sweet tooth (and children) will be grateful.

  1. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop, (New York City, New York):

Nothing screams New York City more than Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Starting out as a lone ice cream truck, this delicious business rose to success, taking over New York and Philadelphia. People come from all over the country to try the Bea Arthur Cone and Hot Fudge Sundae.

  1. Lick Honest Ice Creams, (Austin, Texas):

Just like the name, Lick Honest Ice Creams believes in using only honest ingredients from a family-owned dairy in Central Texas. Known for their unique flavors, such as Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint, and their dairy free and vegan options, this Texas hotspot is not to be missed.

  1. Dolcezza, (Washington, D.C.):

Can’t quite afford that family vacation to Italy? Dolcezza’s gelato tastes like the real Italian thing but is conveniently located in our nation’s capital. This tasty gelato shop features a wide range of flavors, making it the perfect place for everyone.

  1. Salt and Straw, (Portland, Oregan):

Salt and Straw is much more than your average ice cream shop. With one-of-a-kind flavors like Goat Cheese, Marionberry Habanero and Arbequina Olive Oil, this is one place you have to try. Don’t worry though, they also feature kid-friendly flavors such as Chocolate Gooey Brownie and Birthday Cake & Blackberries.

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