What’s more summer Americana than fireworks, barbecues and beaches? Ice cream. Since the dawn of time, Americans have flocked to the ice cream parlors for their mid-summer fix of cool cream delight, and some neighborhoods, more than others, seem particularly addicted to the stuff.
Since Localicious is all about helping you find the best places to go, we decided to use our arsenal of information from Foursquare check-ins to WhitePages local searches in relation to population to determine the most popular ice cream shops across the country, and they’re not where you’d expect.
10. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Clintonville, Columbus, OH
There’s artisan ice cream, then there’s ice cream that is literally made by artists. And these artists take pride in exploring flavors in all directions to create ice cream that is full of experience, personality and passion.
9. Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts – Honolulu, HI
With the sheer number of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii, it makes sense that Honolulu would produce some of the most amazing mochi outside of Japan.
8. Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor – Scottsdale, AZ
For 50 years, Sugar Bowl has been the “go-to” ice cream parlor for residents of Scottsdale and a regular haunt of Bill Keane, who often featured the sugar bowl in his Family Circus cartoons.
7. Morelli’s Gourmet Ice Cream & Desserts – Ormewood Park, Atlanta, GA
Morelli’s is a classic southern ice cream shop with mind-blowing, not-so-classic flavors such as Ginger Lavender, Coconut Jalapeno, and the almighty Salted Caramel.
6. Kopp’s Frozen Custard Stand – Milwaukee, WI
Frozen custard has been a growing trend in America, but in Milwaukee it’s been a staple for well over 50 years. Luckily for us non-Milwaukee folk, Kopp’s delivers.
5. Izzy’s Ice Cream Café – Merriam Park, St. Paul, MN
When the 15 foot high piles of snow have all melted, residents of St. Paul freak out and flock in equal droves to the lakes and to Izzy’s. For years Izzy’s, has been a well-deserved reward for weathering the winter.
4. Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream – Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
It makes sense that the state with some of the harshest winters in the country would also have two of the most popular ice cream shops. Sebastian Joe’s has been an institution in the Twin Cities for almost 2 decades, and not even 15 foot high piles of snow will keep people away.
3. Toscanini’s Ice Cream – Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Once named by the New York Times as “the best ice cream in the world”, it follows that Toscanini’s would be one of the most popular ice cream shops in America. Pilgrims who first visit Tocanini’s often describe it as a religious event equipped with a parting of the clouds “Aaahhhhallelujah” moment.
2. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream – Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA
Seattle is full of incredible ice cream shops, so saying Molly Moon’s is the most popular ice cream shop in Seattle, let alone one of the most popular in America, is quite a statement. For Seattleites, Molly Moon’s is a dash of sunshine to supplement those lonely 70 sunny days a year.
…drum roll please… The number 1 most popular ice cream shop in America:
1. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream – Mission, San Francisco, CA
No matter where you live in America, you oughta visit San Francisco, and once there it oughta be the law that you visit Humphy Slocombe. Their most popular flavor, Secret Breakfast, could possibly be the baddest (and by that I mean the best) ice cream in America.
And there you have it, a bucket list of ice cream shops from coast to coast that we promise you won’t regret trying. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. (Had to do it)