Here’s the Scoop: Sunday Is National Ice Cream Day!
Check out these 10 ice cream shops in and around Boston
Nothing tastes better than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. Americans can’t get enough of the frosty dessert: the International Dairy Foods Association found that in 2022 ice cream makers produced a whopping 1.38 billion gallons of ice cream, contributing $13.1 billion to the American economy. That’s a lot of scoops!
To celebrate National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, we’ve compiled a list of the best places in and around Boston for your sugary fix. Quick ice cream trivia: Do you know the most popular ice cream flavor in the United States? It’s chocolate! Whether you’re craving one of the classics or a flavor you’ve never tasted, these stores are bringing you cold, creamy sweetness in the summer heat.
Insomnia Cookies is here for all your late-night cravings. Don’t feel like leaving your couch? Order delivery and have fresh cookies and ice cream delivered right to your door. You can get a normal cup of ice cream, add a scoop to your favorite cookie or brownie, or even create a custom Cookie’wich with any ice cream and cookie flavors.
Must try: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cookie’wich: chocolate ice cream between two strawberry shortcake cookies (available for only a limited time, so get one soon)
The Scoop N Scootery got its start as a food truck with signature sundaes, setting itself apart with over-the-top toppings and flavors. “Less is more” does not exist at this popular spot, with incredible menu items like the A LA MODE, a sundae topped with a slice of apple pie, or the Fat Rabbit, a sundae with a carrot cake core, butterscotch graham crackers, and cream cheese icing. No matter what mood you’re in, the Scoop N Scootery has a sundae for you—and better yet, it’ll be the biggest one you’ve ever had.
Must try: Smokey Da Bear: toasted marshmallow ice cream with graham cracker and chocolate flake swirl, topped with Marshmallow Fluff, brownie bites, Nutella sauce, and chocolate chips
This unique ice cream place is completely vegan friendly. Its small-batch ice cream is made with coconut milk and locally sourced, plant-based ingredients. Everything is also made by hand to ensure that each scoop is packed with creamy goodness. FoMu’s menu includes year-round classics like birthday cake and chocolate cookie dough, as well as summer specials like lemon lavender cake and raspberry crumble. If you’re looking for a frozen vegan treat, there’s nowhere better than FoMu.
Must try: Blueberry Shortbread: tart ice cream with house-made blueberry jam swirl and scratch gluten-free shortbread
Since its grand opening in 1981, J.P. Licks has grown into a classic local chain. Ice cream lovers routinely flock to its 17 cow-themed locations in eastern Massachusetts for a cup, a cone, or a sip of the award-winning hot chocolate. With a rotating selection of flavors, including the new everything bagel ice cream, J.P. Licks is sure to fulfill all your ice cream cravings.
Must try: Cookies ’n’ Dough: the classic cookies-and-cream flavor plus chewy cookie dough pieces
This unique ice cream shop is just a few blocks from Coolidge Corner and specializes in New Zealand–style ice cream, a made-to-order process where hard ice cream is blended with fresh fruit until it reaches a soft-serve consistency. Each of Far Out’s yummy and authentic flavors can be made vegan with a dairy-free vanilla or chocolate base. Build yourself a perfect cone by choosing a base, fruit add-ins, and toppings.
Must try: Kookaberry: Far Out’s signature blend of strawberry, Maine blueberries, and raspberries
This ice cream spot slings unique homemade flavors (have you ever had ginger matcha or vegan honey lavender ice cream?) and has a wall of candy sure to cause a sugar rush from just one look. Be sure to try a chocolate treat as well, like a chocolate-covered Oreo. Just steps from the historic North End neighborhood, it’s the perfect place to get a sweet bite after a night out. (Note: there’s no indoor or outdoor seating, so head to the nearby Rose Kennedy Greenway to eat your dessert on one of the park’s swings.)
Must try: Taro: a sweet, mildly nutty flavor (plus, it’s purple!)
What’s better than fresh gelato with carefully sourced ingredients? That same gelato, but shaped like a flower! Amorino uses a spatula to craft its gelato—or vegan sorbet—into a beautiful shape. With unique flavors like lime and basil, spiced white chocolate, and organic blackcurrant, Amorino, which got its start in 2002 in Paris, is a sophisticated stop for some of the best gelato in town. You can even top your cone with one of Amorino’s tasty macarons.
Must try: L’inimitabile (chocolate hazelnut): looking for a rich and refreshing gelato on a hot day? Top it with a coffee or chocolate macaron for a delicious, chocolatey treat
Originally opened as a Coolidge Corner midnight hangout for Boston’s musicians, Emack & Bolio’s has been a beloved part of the city’s ice cream scene since 1975. Bob Rook, the lawyer who opened the shop, has worked professionally with big names like Aerosmith, Boston, U2, and more—and his shop has an expansive menu with over 75 rotating flavors. Emack & Bolio’s is known for its outrageous and delicious inventions, such as marshmallow-dipped cones rolled in toppings like Oreos, Fruity Pebbles, nuts, Froot Loops, and more.
Must try: Beantown Buzz: espresso-flavored ice cream with cookie crunch and chocolate-covered espresso beans—get it with a chocolate-dipped cone for extra deliciousness
Gracie’s ice cream is made just feet away from where you order it. The daily menu features 12 flavors: 6 “always” flavors (chocolate, sweet cream, black raspberry chip, mint chip, cookies and cream, and salty whiskey), 5 rotating flavors (some recurring and some that have only been offered once), and a nondairy sorbet. The shop posts each day’s menu on a separate Instagram account. They also offer ice-cream-making classes, where you can learn the history of ice cream, take home a Marshmallow Fluff cone or sundae, and then stop by the next day to grab your creation. Gracie’s may even add your flavor to their menu!
Must try: Black raspberry chip on a Marshmallow Fluff cone (a waffle cone with torched marshmallow to evoke that summery campfire goodness)