The Best Ice Cream Shop in All 50 States

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No matter the time of year, nothing beats a trip to your local ice cream shop. Whether it is an old fashioned soda fountain that's been around for decades or a new, small-batch artisanal shop with gourmet flavors, an ice cream shop is a great place to make memories and enjoy a sweet treat. Here are some of the best ice cream shops in all 50 states.

1. ALABAMA // CAMMIE'S OLD DUTCH ICE CREAM SHOPPE

Location: Mobile, Alabama

For a taste of what some patrons have called “the best ice cream in the South,” head to Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe in Mobile. Originally owned by Edwin Widemire, it was opened in 1969 using Widemire's family recipe. Cammie Wayne got her first job there scooping ice cream at 16, and went on to purchase the shop in 1998. The ice cream shop offers up 47 different flavors, all made on location, as well as Pennsylvania Dutch milkshakes and malts, banana splits, floats, and tulip sundaes which are dubbed “an old fun food tradition for Sunday…” Another favorite amongst Alabamans is Matt’s Homemade Ice Cream in Gulf Shores, which also uses Cammie’s ice cream.

2. ALASKA // THE ICE CREAM SHOP

Location: Girdwood, Alaska

Seward Highway—127 miles from Anchorage to Seward—is one of just 43 locations designated an "All-American Road" (a designation saved for the most scenic in the country) by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Along this route, you’ll find Girdwood, home of The Ice Cream Shop. This year-round ice cream shop serves up over 30 flavors of hard ice cream and other treats, and you’ll be greeted by Mt. Alyeska’s slopes of wild flowers or snowy peaks, depending on when you visit.

3. ARIZONA // MACALPINE'S DINER & SODA FOUNTAIN

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

MACALPINE'S SODA FOUNTAIN AND ESPRESSO BAR EXTERIOR
MacApline's Soda Fountain and Espresso Bar

In what was formerly an old pharmacy, you’ll find MacAlpine’s, a soda fountain originally established in 1929. Grab a stool or booth and take a trip back in time with an egg cream or cherry vanilla phosphate. Besides their ice cream sodas and cheeseburgers, patrons enjoy their vintage jukebox. Once frequented by Frank Lloyd Wright, MacAlpine’s is rumored to be the place where Wayne Newton was discovered.

4. ARKANSAS // LOBLOLLY CREAMERY

Location: Little Rock, Arkansas

Since 2011, Loblolly Creamery has been using milk and cream from hormone-free dairy cows, fair-trade chocolate and vanilla, as well as only local, seasonal, and organic fruits and spices for their ice creams and sorbets. Popular flavors include the double vanilla and salted caramel, but these artisan ice cream makers rotate other more inventive flavors like blackberry sweet corn ice cream, buttermilk, honey green tea ice cream, and vanilla coconut sorbet.

5. CALIFORNIA // MCCONNELL'S FINE ICE CREAMS

Location: various locations in California

McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has been making small-batch ice creams for nearly seven decades. The shop has been using milk and cream from grass-grazed cows and eggs from "local, organically-fed, cage-free hens"—never with preservatives, fillers, or additives—at their Old Dairy creamery since 1949. In their “manifesto” they say that they “believe that ice cream can cure a broken heart.” Clever flavors like eureka lemon & marionberries, churros con leche (with Sri Lankan cinnamon and R.R. Lochhead vanilla), and whiskey and pecan pralines (smoky Kentucky bourbon) as well as seasonal flavors like pumpkin pie and eggnog can be enjoyed in Santa Barbara, downtown Los Angeles, and Studio City. If you’re not in California, it’s okay, they also offer FedEx two-day delivery with a four pint minimum.

6. COLORADO // LITTLE MAN ICE CREAM

Location: Denver, Colorado

Little Man Ice Cream
Yelp, Annie N.

Expect long lines and the smell of homemade waffle cones at Denver’s Little Man Ice Cream. The shop itself is housed inside a 28-foot-tall cream can, inspired by Coney Island’s hot dog-shaped stands, and the staff wear vintage uniforms while serving handmade ice cream, vegan ice cream, and sorbet. They host live music and movie nights, and serve up ice cream sandwiches, shakes floats, and sundaes. But they are known for their unique flavors such as oatmeal cookies, space junkie, French toast, and Twix. Enjoy your dessert guilt-free—their Scoop for Scoop program donates a 3-ounce scoop of rice or beans to developing countries for every scoop of ice cream, and has provided scoops to nine countries on four continents since opening in 2008.

7. CONNECTICUT // BUTTONWOOD FARM

Location: Griswold, CT

This dairy farm was first started by the Button family in 1975. They constructed (from scratch) their own ice cream stand, opening Buttonwood Farm Fresh Ice Cream in 1998. Since then, they've been making their ice cream and waffle cones fresh each day for families to enjoy. Unique offerings like dark and stormy, key lime cheesecake, and cardamom lime yogurt can be enjoyed while taking in the surrounding acre of sunflowers or spending time exploring their 7-acre corn maze.

8. DELAWARE // WOODSIDE FARM CREAMERY

Location: Hockessin, Delaware

You’ll find Woodside Farm Creamery located in a village on the border between Pennsylvania and Delaware. Established in 1796, this was primarily a dairy farm, owned and operated by the Mitchell family for more than a century. The farm provided eggs, poultry, sheep, flowers, beef, and pumpkins before deciding to return cows to the farm in 1995 and opening their creamery in 1998.

Today, employees hold a children’s story time every Tuesday, and their herd of about 30 Jersey cows assist in making fresh small batch ice cream for cone scoops, milkshakes, ice cream cookie sandwiches and ice cream cakes. The Mitchells celebrated their 200th year of family-owned farming in 1996 and were recognized as one of the few Centennial farms in the state of Delaware. Stop in for the ice cream (available in flavors like motor oil and chocolate thunder) and spend the day watching the many sheep, goats, cats, and dogs that also live on the farm along with the herd of cows.

9. FLORIDA // AZUCAR ICE CREAM COMPANY

Location: Miami, Florida

Founded in 2011 as an “artisanal ice cream and sorbet boutique,” Azucar Ice Cream Company is a colorful shop in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. The playful ice cream and sorbet flavors are made up of natural ingredients often sourced from local farmer’s markets. They offer signature flavors like platano maduro (sweet plantain), café con leche (Cuban coffee with Oreo), caramel flan, and Guinness chocolate. They also rotate seasonal flavors that include olive oil, orange zest and dark chocolate, margarita-flavored sorbet, and sweet potato ancho chile chocolate chip. If you’re not in the mood to experiment, they always have classic flavors mint chocolate chip and vanilla—so choose wisely.

10. GEORGIA // JAKE'S ICE CREAM

Location: various locations in Georgia

Jakes Ice Cream
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Tucked inside Atlanta’s Irwin Street Market or in the upcoming East Point location, you’ll find Jake’s, with only eight flavors to choose from. Ice cream from the shop, established in 1999, are served in restaurants all over Atlanta, thanks to their creative and fun flavors. The most popular include Chocolate Slap Yo Mama, which mixes chocolate sauce with chocolate chips and Oreo cookies, and Brown Shugah Vanilla. Other flavors like Chocolate Pecan Piescream and Breakfast in Bed (cinnamon ice cream mixed with Belgian waffles soaked in bourbon pecan sauce) are sought after due to their 18 percent butterfat content—the highest you’ll find in ice cream, according to their site—and 100 percent deliciousness.

11. HAWAII // COCONUT GLEN'S

Location: Nahiku, Maui, Hawaii

Coconut Glen’s is a roadside stand serving organic, vegan ice cream all based with coconut milk in varieties like pineapple panang curry and papaya lime. Made with “love and coconuts from the jungles of Maui," Glen’s uses all local fruit and is served in a coconut shell. Getting there is half the battle—found between mile marker 27 and 28 on the Hana Highway—you’ll find his stand along the eastern shore of Maui, in the rain forest.

12. IDAHO // GOODY'S SODA FOUNTAIN & CANDY STORE

Location: Boise, Idaho

Expect to feel like you’re in another decade at this ice cream shop, located in Boise. Goody's features an authentic 1930s soda fountain with barstools, glass ice cream dishes, and glass candy displays that make you visitors and locals feel nostalgic for times of the neighborhood soda fountain. It also offers up handmade ice cream, chocolates, and caramel corn, as well as tons of other candy to purchase. Their slogan "Only too much is enough," is something we can all get behind.

13. ILLINOIS // BOBTAIL ICE CREAM COMPANY

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Bobtail Ice Cream Company opened in the Windy City in 2004, using three generations of family recipes for their shop. They’ve since added five additional Chicago stores, and one suburban shop, and claim to be the only Chicago company that makes "truly, homemade hard-pack ice cream." The shop is open year-round, offering specialty flavors like pumpkin and white chocolate peanut butter. The menu also includes hot fudge brownie sundaes, as well as Steamers (your choice of ice cream and a topping steamed with milk) and the Bobby Joe (your choice of ice cream blended with ice, espresso, and coffee).

14. INDIANA // IVANHOES

Location: Upland, Indiana

Ivanhoes interior
Yelp, Anna O.

Ivan and Carol Slain purchased Wiley’s Drive-In in 1965, and continue to run it as Ivanhoes, with their son Mark. A full restaurant and sandwich shop, it has become well-known for having 100 different shakes and sundaes on their menu, including chocolate anonymous and peach cream pie. Students from nearby Taylor University and Indiana Wesleyan University enjoy trying to try every flavor to make their “100 Club.”

15. IOWA // SNOOKIES MALT SHOP

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Beloved ice cream shop Snookies has a been a favorite among Des Moines residents for over 30 years. Folks line up in the summer to try their array of ice cream, shakes, and malts. Customers are even encouraged to bring their dogs for a free pup cone in the summer to the family business. Owner Jim Graves, who died at age 80, owned the shop with his wife Marilyn before passing it on to their daughter, who runs the store today.

16. KANSAS // SYLAS AND MADDY'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Location: various locations in Kansas

Sylas and Maddy’s has made its ice cream and waffle cones fresh daily since they opened a location in Lawrence in 1997. (They added an Olathe location in 1999.) At both locations, you can enjoy Old Fashion Sundaes and banana splits, as well as unique flavors like coffee break, margarita sherbet, and peanut butter freak. They offer toppings like gummy bears, sprinkles, and Reese’s Pieces. Customers are free to enjoy desserts there, or take pints and quarts to go.

17. KENTUCKY // THE COMFY COW

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

The Comfy Cow ice cream flavors
Yelp, Karen G.

Louisville’s The Comfy Cow opened in 2007 and was one of Southern Living’s “The South's Best Frozen Treats” in 2016. Often made from scratch with local ingredients and inspired by their Southern culinary roots, the shop offers delicious ice cream like cake “batter up,” cookie monster dough, and seasonal options like the espresso yourself. Served with various fruit, candy, nut, and sauce toppings, the ice cream products can be enjoyed on location or to go, and you can invent your own ice cream sandwiches and sundaes.

18. LOUISIANA // ANGELO BROCATO'S ORIGINAL ITALIAN ICE CREAM PARLOR

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Angelo Brocato’s has been run by the Brocato family for over 100 years, since it first opened at the original location in 1905, and was churned by hand. It was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, but returned to its present location after rebuilding in September of 2006. They are New Orleans’ oldest purveyor of cannoli, so you can choose the famous Sicilian treat or opt for their pistachio almond ice cream or over 20 flavors of gelato.

19. MAINE// MOUNT DESERT ISLAND ICE CREAM

Location: various locations in Maine

Linda Parker’s Mount Desert Island Ice Cream was founded in Bar Harbor in 2005 and has expanded to an additional Bar Harbor location, as well as in Portland, Maine. The shop creates small-batch (five gallons) flavors like The Dude (White Russian ice cream) and also offers a four scoop "flight" for those who can’t decide. Mount Desert Island was named one of the best in the country by Food & Wine magazine, but the real seal of approval came in 2010, when pictures of President Obama, enjoying his coconut ice cream, were made public.

20. MARYLAND // DUMSER'S DAIRYLAND

Location: Ocean City, Maryland

An Ocean City landmark on the Boardwalk since 1939, Dumser’s Dairyland now has seven locations in the area. This 1940s-style ice cream parlor and restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, if you’re interested in some cream of crab soup, Maryland fried chicken, or a delicious cheeseburger. But it's most popular for the homemade ice cream. They have standard flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter fudge, as well as specialty varieties like Hawaiian delight and coconut chocolate chip. They also serve ice cream sodas, dipped cones, and super sundaes like the Coco Loco which contains three dips of coconut chocolate ice cream and topped with hot fudge, marshmallows, peanuts, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.

21. MASSACHUSETTS // FOUR SEAS ICE CREAM

Location: Centerville, Massachusetts

Four Seas Ice Cream interior
Four Seas Ice Cream

You'll find Four Seas Ice Cream housed in a former Blacksmith shop, just steps from the beaches of Cape Cod. The shop's homemade ice cream is now available off-season by the quart and in ice cream cakes, but the offerings are still best enjoyed as a summer treat in flavors like lemon crisp and rum and butter. Have a frappe, some cookie dough, or ice cream while enjoying this seaside shop.

22. MICHIGAN// MOOMERS HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Location: Traverse City, Michigan

Northern Michigan’s Moomers is a small, family-owned shop that has been serving homemade ice cream to Traverse City residents and visitors since 1998. Their Farm Creamery (opened in 2011) sells fresh milk from their cows, or you can try one of the their more than 160 flavors of ice cream, including banana bread and candy explosion. They also make custom ice cream cakes, and have soft serve, sorbet, and non-fat frozen yogurt. If you’re really hungry, try the Wholey Cow Sundae: 10 scoops of ice cream, all the toppings available, bananas, and brownies, served with an entire can of whipped cream.

23. MINNESOTA // MILKJAM CREAMERY

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Milkjam ice cream flavors
Yelp, Ashley C.

Managing to open up an ice cream shop in the dead of winter in Minnesota seems like a bad move, but the lines out the door of Minneapolis’s Milkjam Creamery tell another story. Owned by two brothers, this ice cream shop serves up witty flavors like the Waka Flocka Flakes ("vanilla bean w/ caramelized corn flakes & berry swirl") and Cereal Killers ("orange coriander milk with candied pebbles"). They also aim to keep half of the choices dairy-free for their lactose-intolerant customers.

24. MISSISSIPPI // AREA 51 ICE CREAM

Location: Hernando, Mississippi

Area 51 Ice Cream is just 30 minutes from downtown Memphis in Hernando, Mississippi. Check their Facebook page to find out which of their rotating flavors of homemade small-batch ice creams are on offer. Some recent flavors include coconut brown sugar, sweet cream, saigon cinnamon snickerdoodle, and lemon icebox. Their signature drink, The Roswell, is a take on an orange creamsicle: lemon icebox pie ice cream floated with Orange Crush soda and a swirl of grenadine.

25. MISSOURI // TED DREWES FROZEN CUSTARD

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

ted drewes ice cream and exterior
Yelp, Julia K.

Not many ice cream shops can say that they also sell Christmas trees. You can get both at Ted Drewes. Frozen custard has been sold there for over 80 years, a post-baseball game tradition and Christmas trees have been sold for over 50. Both locations include 12 serving windows to accommodate the crowds and nearly 40 toppings to choose from. Ted Drewes is also home to The Concrete: Created in 1959, it is a malt or shake "so thick that they serve it upside down."

26. MONTANA // MATT'S PLACE DRIVE-IN

Location: Butte, Montana

One of Montana’s first drive-in restaurants, Matt’s Place, continues to wow locals and visitors in Butte with its classic 1930s look. Enjoy a cheeseburger and fries, milkshake, or ice cream sundae at the restaurant’s original 1936 counter. The spot was good enough to earn the James Beard Foundation’s 2016 American Classics Award, given to only five other U.S. restaurants for their "timeless appeal" and quality food.

27. NEBRASKA // IVANNA CONE

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Ivanna Cone—designed with the look of an old-time soda fountain with very modern flavors—has been around for more than a decade. The ice cream menu includes French toast, lemongrass ginger, and more, all homemade on site with 20-quart ice cream makers that use ice and salt. (On a summer day, they may use up to 40 pounds of salt and 400 pounds of ice.) All of the 17 rotating ice cream flavors begin with a 14 percent butterfat sweet cream vanilla base. Some signature flavors even give back to charity groups. Try the Camp Kindle, which is marshmallow ice cream with strawberries, chocolate, graham crackers, pretzels, with baby marshmallows, and your money will go toward a summer camp for kids affected by HIV and AIDS.

28. NEVADA // BLVD CREAMERY

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

BLVD Creamery interior
BLVD Creamery

BLVD Creamery is an explosion of color and candy within Las Vegas’s Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. This brightly lit shop has an array of flavors (like caramel sea salt and matcha green tea) and toppings, but what’s make them really special is the specialty items they offer. Aside from adult boozy milkshakes, the menu includes milkshakes made with flavored cereal milk and ice sandwiches that can be made with freshly glazed warm donuts, brownies, or cookies.

29. NEW HAMPSHIRE // ANNABELLE'S NATURAL ICE CREAM

Location: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Since opening in 1982, Annabelle’s recipe of 16 ½ percent butterfat ice cream has been listed among America’s best. They currently have over 80 wholesale accounts across New Hampshire and a number of unique flavors. Try the chocolate chip with Kahlua, cashew caramel cluster, or seasonal flavors like caribbean coconut and peachy peach.

30. NEW JERSEY // THOMAS SWEET

Location: Princeton, New Jersey

The original Victorian storefront of Thomas Sweet in Princeton, New Jersey opened in 1979. They now have four more locations across New Jersey, and one in Washington D.C. They have an array of delicious flavors and toppings, brownie sundaes and shakes, but they’re most famous for their blend-ins. For the latter, any flavor of ice cream or yogurt can be customized by blending it with three additional candies, nuts, or fruit topping to a nearly soft-serve form.

31. NEW MEXICO // TAOS COW ICE CREAM CO.

Location: various locations in New Mexico

Located in an adobe minutes from the Taos Ski Valley Resort in Arroyo Seco, you’ll find Taos Cow as well as other locations in Santa Fe. The company has been serving all-natural and hormone-free gourmet ice cream since 1993, include flavors like lavender, blueberry, and pecan nougat. They also serve breakfast and coffee, soups, salads, and other lunch items.

32. NEW YORK // ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM CO.

Location: various locations in New York

oddfellows miso ice cream in a bowl
Katie Burton

Cornbread, peanut butter & jelly, and lemon meringue are just some of the creative flavors you’ll find at Brooklyn’s OddFellows flagship shop and at the Manhattan location. The menu includes homemade ice cream, milkshakes, and “OddPockets,” which stuff ice cream into brioche bread and then heat it, along with toppings in a panini press. OddFellows donates 5 cents to a food bank in New York City for every serving sold, and offers catering as well as local delivery. Their goods can also be found at well-known locations like Saks Fifth Avenue, Mission Cantina, and Maison Premiere.

33. NORTH CAROLINA // THE PARLOUR

Location: Durham, North Carolina

The Parlour was once only found in its mobile scoop shop, a converted school bus that traveled around Durham serving up seasonally-inspired ice cream. A successful 2012 Kickstarter helped them raise money to build a permanent location where they make all the ice cream that 18 percent butterfat, pastries, and toppings from scratch. Try the summer corn or blueberry lavender flavors, or their most popular variety, salted butter caramel.

34. NORTH DAKOTA // SWEETS 'N STORIES

Location: Oakes, North Dakota

Nestled on a street in Oakes, North Dakota, you’ll find Sweets ‘N Stories, a combination of café, ice cream shop, and bookstore. Visit for flavors like coconut almond fudge, have an espresso, some lunch, or buy some of their handmade fudge.

35. OHIO // SWEET MOSES SODA FOUNTAIN AND TREAT SHOP

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

interior sweet moses ice cream
Sweet Moses Soda Fountain & Treat Shop

Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop offers a variety of treats like gourmet popcorn, candies, homemade pies, root beer, and small batch ice cream using pure Madagascar vanilla and Belgian chocolate. The menu includes standard flavors like chocolate chip and cookies & cream as well as more unique offerings such as salted french caramel and bananas foster. All hot fudge and caramel sauces are made in-house, and the shop also sells phosphates, sundaes, and blueberry pie.

36. OKLAHOMA // ROXY'S ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Started by a husband and wife team that expanded from an ice cream truck to its brick and mortar location in 2012, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social was named after the couple’s Great Dane, Roxy. Besides special flavors like blueberry cheesecake, banana cream, vegan cake batter, and lemon poppy seed, they also sell the Dreamsicle float, made of orange cream soda and vanilla ice cream. All varieties are made Philadelphia style without eggs on-site at the Plaza district location in Oklahoma City. (There is also another Oklahoma City location and upcoming Edmond Oklahoma location.)

37. OREGON // COOL MOON ICE CREAM CO.

Location: Portland, Oregon

Cool Moon Ice Cream Company is known for original creations, often rotating 26 flavors at a given time from a vast list of over 200 flavors. Lemon poppyseed, buttermilk marionberry, and Thai ice cream are offered alongside 11 mainstays like coffee crackle, birthday cake, and kulfi, made with pistachio, cardamom, and rosewater. All of the assortments are sweetened with cane sugar and handmade with natural ingredients.

38. PENNSYLVANIA // BASSETTS ICE CREAM

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bassetts Ice Cream cone
Yelp, Diana B.

Touted as “America’s oldest ice cream company” on their website, Bassetts was established in 1861. The outpost at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia has the original marble counters from the 1892 opening along with a menu offering over 30 flavors including, mocha chip, matcha, butterscotch vanilla, cinnamon, and raspberry truffle.

39. RHODE ISLAND // BRICKLEY'S ICE CREAM

Location: various locations in Rhode Island

Voted one of the best ice cream parlor’s in the United States by TripAdvisor, Brickley’s homemade ice cream has expanded to two locations (in Narragansett and Wakefield) since opening in 1995. They have over 45 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert, and sorbet. Try unique flavors like chocolate brownie, malted milk ball, or coffee Oreo.

40. SOUTH CAROLINA // SWEET CREAM COMPANY

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Sweet Cream Company is a far and away favorite in the Palmetto State. There, customers enjoy their choice of 16 rotating flavors topping-free. (The shop doesn't offer them.) Before you make the trek, check out their Facebook page to see what's on the menu. Assortments include panna cotta with candied orange peel, blackberry sage, and maple walnut. They also have a special cookie sandwich each month, like July's graham cracker cookie topped with fudge sauce and toasted marshmallow ice cream.

41. SOUTH DAKOTA // LEONES' CREAMERY

Location: Spearfish, South Dakota

Leones’ Creamery opened in the Old City Hall’s sandstone building in 2014. The shop is now part of the Historic Commercial Walking Tour of Spearfish, and serves the local community with eight rotating ice cream flavors (including one that is always vegan). Customers can choose to “Scoop it Forward” and leave ice cream for friends and relatives. Recent options: vanilla black pepper, blueberry goat’s cheese, and avocado.

42. TENNESSEE // ELLISTON PLACE SODA SHOP

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Noted in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Elliston Place Soda Shop is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Nashville, serving the city for over 75 years. You can pop in for fried chicken for lunch and stay for an ice cream cone, sundae, orange freeze, or egg cream. What’s sweeter? According to the restaurant, their location near the hospital means that the soda counter is a traditional place for new father’s to treat the older siblings of newborn babies to dessert.

43. TEXAS // FAT CAT CREAMERY

Location: Houston, Texas

Fat Cat Creamery
Yelp, Michael S.

Fat Cat Creamery believes in sustainability, evidenced by their use of local ingredients and compostable packaging. (Even the spoons are environmentally friendly.) Fat Cat has five signature flavors that are offered year-round—milk chocolate stout, waterloo strawberry buttermilk, amaya coffee & cream, cat's meow milk Mexican vanilla, and chai tea coconut—but what they’re really known for are their seasonal flavors, including bourbon pecan pie and bunny bait.

44. UTAH // SPRINGDALE CANDY COMPANY

Location: Springdale, Utah

Kim and Dave Watts are two retired engineers who were in search of a place to retire and work a little less. After deciding on an ice cream shop, they found a candy and ice cream shop listed for sale outside the entrance to Zion National Park while on vacation. Now, they serve ice cream, shakes, smoothies, and an assortment of chocolates and confections at Springdale Candy Company.

45. VERMONT // THE SWEET SPOT

Location: Waitsfield, Vermont

The Sweet Spot serves French custard style ice cream using all natural and local ingredients. They offer standard flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coffee as well as in-house seasonal flavors like blueberry crumble and peach bourbon. Stop in after skiing at nearby resorts, if you’re in need of lunch, coffee, or one of their frozen fruit pops or ice cream sandwiches.

46. VIRGINIA // BEV'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM AND CAFÉ

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Bevs Homemade ice cream and cafe ice cream
Yelp, Kamille P.

Beverly Mazursky, the owner of Bev’s who is now in her 70s, returned to school at age 49 and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. A year later, she opened Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream, which always has 12 “everyday flavors” on hand. The menu also features rotating varieties like honey almond oatmeal, honey, and white chocolate mocha chip.

47. WASHINGTON // SHUG'S SODA FOUNTAIN & ICE CREAM

Location: Seattle, Washington

Two Seattle natives Colleen Wilkie and Paul Dormann opened Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream in 2016 in the historic Pike Place Market. The treats use Lopez Island Creamery’s ice cream and sorbets as well as homemade sauces and toppings like Italian cherries and apple compote.

48. WEST VIRGINIA // ELLEN'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Location: Charleston, West Virginia

Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream was founded in 1997 and offers flavors like raspberry chocolate chip and coconut in a cup, cone, pint, or quart. The shop serves frozen yogurt (chocolate and vanilla or swirl) as well as fresh soups, salads, and wraps. You can also have a cappuccino milkshake or espresso freeze made using their fine coffee selection.

49. WISCONSIN // PURPLE DOOR ICE CREAM

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

purple door ice cream
Yelp, Tania T.

The husband and wife team behind Purple Door Ice Cream discussed opening an ice cream shop on their first date. What began as a wholesale business in 2011 eventually expanded to a retail store, where the duo makes ice cream with 14 percent butterfat. Flavors include balsamic vinegar, mango chutney, toasted oatmeal, and absinthe. They also believe in giving back through an initiative called Milk for Milwaukee, where they help provide fresh milk to local homeless shelters.

50. WYOMING // MOO'S GOURMET ICE CREAM

Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream is home to over 250 flavors of ice cream made with organic cream and fruit. Employees scoop 24 flavors a day. Stop by to try the Buzz Bomb, made with espresso, or the Wild Huckleberry, once voted the Best Dessert in Wyoming by the Food Network.

How 25 of Your Favorite Halloween Candies Got Their Names

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Soon, small superheroes and ghosts and all sorts of other strange creatures will be canvassing your neighborhood begging for candy. But as you pass out your wares, you can also dole out some (not terribly spooky) etymologies.

1. 3 MUSKETEERS

3 Musketeers candy bar.
Erin McCarthy

When 3 Musketeers bars were introduced in 1932, they consisted of three flavors—chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry—and were labeled "The 3 Musketeers, Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry. 3 bars in a package.' Eventually the vanilla and strawberry flavors would disappear, although there’s evidence that they weren't ever particularly important flavors. A 1933 Notice of Judgment from the Acting Secretary of Agriculture describes a shipment of the treats that was seized in part because "[t]he strawberry and vanilla bars had no recognizable flavor of strawberry or vanilla and the strawberry bars were also artificially colored."

2. AIRHEADS

Pile of AirHeads candy.
Jasmin Fine, Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

According to Steve Bruner, who invented the name, he had heard that it takes a generation for a candy name to become part of the collective consciousness—unless it was already a commonly used word. So he asked his children, "What would you call your friend who did something silly?" and one of them came up with 'Airhead.'

3. BUTTERFINGER

Three Butterfinger candy bars.
Amira Azarcon, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

According to legend, the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago decided to run a contest to name their new candy bar, and someone suggested 'butterfinger,' a term used in the form "butter-fingered" since the early 17th century to describe someone who lets things fall from their hands.

4. CANDY CORN

Jack-o-lantern mug full of candy corn.
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In the late 19th century, confections shaped like other things were all the rage (the Candy Professor tells of children then eating candies shaped like cockroaches … for Christmas). Candy corn was invented around this time, and was a stand-out novelty product because real corn kernels—which the candy vaguely resembled—were then mainly a food for livestock, not people.

5. DUM DUMS

Jar of Dum Dums lollipops.
Sarah Browning, Flickr // CC BY-NC 2.0

According to the Spangler Candy Company, the manufacturer, the name Dum Dum was chosen because it "was a word any child could say."

6. HEATH BAR

Two Heath candy bars.
Erika Berlin

In 1914, L.S. Heath decided to buy a candy shop and soda fountain so his children could have a good career. Several years later, the family got hold of the toffee recipe (potential sources range from a traveling salesman to nearby Greek candy makers) that made them famous, especially after they started supplying candy to troops during WWII.

7. HERSHEY'S

Hershey's chocolate bars in a basket.
slgckgc, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

Milton Hershey had worked for a few years in various candy businesses, but it was in Denver that he came across the caramel recipe that would become a massive hit. Not resting on his laurels, he learned of the new European craze for "milk chocolate" and brought it to the masses in America.

8. HERSHEY'S COOKIES 'N' CREME

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme candy bar.
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The candy bar came about in 1994, somewhere around 15-20 years after the ice cream flavor that it was capitalizing on. Where the ice cream comes from is a mystery—claimants range from South Dakota State University to a Blue Bell Creameries employee (to make matters more difficult, many versions of the story have the invention happening after a visit to some anonymous ice cream parlor that put Oreos on their ice cream, and as early as 1959 Nabisco was suggesting that crumbled Oreos in-between layers of ice cream made a great party parfait). No matter the culinary origin, the name origin is generally agreed upon—Nabisco balked at allowing ice cream companies to use their Oreo trademark.

9. HERSHEY'S KISSES

Hershey Kisses on an orange table.
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Over 100 years ago, kiss was a generic term for any number of small pieces of confectionery. So when Hershey came out with their product, it was a natural generic name. As years went by and "kiss" lost this particular meaning, Hershey was able to assert control over the name.

10. JOLLY RANCHERS

Bowl of Jolly Rancher candies.
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When William and Dorothy Harmsen set out to Colorado, their goal was to start a small farm/ranch. Eventually, they decided to open up an ice cream parlor named The Jolly Rancher, evoking both Western hospitality and the Jolly Miller—a hotel in their native Minnesota. The story goes that as sales declined in the winter months, the Harmsens decided to add candies to their menu, which soon outstripped the popularity of all their other offerings.

11. KIT KAT

No one is quite sure where this comes from. The oldest use of the word "kit-cat" in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1665 to describe a game more commonly known as tipcat, but this is probably coincidence. More likely is that it’s somehow related to the Kit-Cat Club of the early 18th century, which met at a place operated by a mutton pieman named something like Christopher Katt or Christopher Catling. Both he and his pies were named Kit-Kats/Kit-Cats (the prologue to the 1700 play The Reformed Wife even has a line "A Kit-Cat is a supper for a lord"), and the club took its name from either the pie or the pieman.

The jump from a gentleman's club or mutton pie to a candy is more mysterious. A popular theory is that it's related to kit-cat pictures, a type of portrait that the OED describes as "less than half-length, but [includes] the hands." But like most other hypotheses, this doesn't really work because the producer, Rowntree's, registered the name years before there was a candy to go with it, and the candy was originally known as Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp. Most likely is that someone just liked the name.

12. LIFE SAVERS

Pile of Life Savers candies.
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The name Life Savers is fairly self-explanatory—they're broadly shaped like a life saver. (Any rumors of the hole existing to prevent a choking death have no merit.)

13. MILKY WAY

Milky Way candy bar.
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Before 1970, Milky Way had a very different connotation. That year, headlines in newspapers across the country blared "FTC Decides Candy Bar Isn't Equal to Milk." The reason for this headline is that the FTC criticized Mars for implying in their advertising things like "Milky Way's nutritional value is equivalent to a glass of milk" and 'That it can and should be substituted for milk." (Odd nutrition claims were nothing new though—early on, Hershey’s advertised their chocolate bars as being "more sustaining than meat.")

While the galaxy certainly helped with the name, the original focus of the Milky Way was about how "milky" it was, and specifically that it was milkier than a malted milk you could get at a soda fountain.

14. M&M's

Bag of opened M&Ms.
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The two Ms stand for Mars and Murrie. This Mars was Forrest Mars, the son of Mars candy company founder Frank Mars. Forrest and Frank had a falling out, which resulted in Forrest going to Europe and founding his own candy company (many years later, he would return to take over Mars, Inc after his father's death).

How he came up with the idea for M&M's is a bit mysterious (with versions ranging from wholesale ripoff to inspiration during the Spanish Civil War), but is generally related to a candy-covered British chocolate called Smarties (unrelated to the American Smarties). When Forrest Mars returned to the United States to make these candies, he recognized that he needed a steady supply of chocolate. At the time, Hershey was a major supplier of chocolate to other businesses and was run by a man named William Murrie. Forrest decided to go into business with William's son, Bruce (which long rumored to be a shameless ploy by Forrest to ensure a chocolate supply during World War II), and they named the candy M&M's.

15. MR. GOODBAR

Bowl of Mr. Goodbar candy bars.
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According to corporate history, Hershey chemists had been working on a new peanut candy bar. As they were testing it, someone said "that's a good bar" which Milton Hershey misheard as "Mr. Goodbar."

16. REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

Stack of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
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Harry Burnett Reese started working for the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1916 as a dairy farmer, but after leaving and returning to Hershey's a few times over the following years, Reese set out on his own. His great peanut butter cup invention was supposedly inspired by a store owner who told him that they were having difficulties with their supplier of chocolate-covered peanut butter sweets.

17. SKITTLES

Bags of Skittles in a vending machine.
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Skittles originated in the United Kingdom, where "skittles" is a type of bowling, either on lawns or on a tabletop in pubs. The phrase "beer and skittles" emerged to describe pure happiness (now more commonly seen in "life is not beer and skittles"). So the name for the candy likely emerged to associate it with fun.

18. SNICKERS

Bunch of Snickers fun size candies.
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The candy bar was named after the Mars family horse. The Mars family was very into horses, even naming their farm the Milky Way Farm—which produced the 1940 Kentucky Derby champion Gallahadion.

19. SOUR PATCH KIDS

Two bags of Sour Patch Kids.
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Originally called Mars Men, the Sour Patch Kid was renamed to capitalize on the popularity of the '80s craze of Cabbage Patch Kids.

20. TOBLERONE

Close-up of a Toblerone candy bar.
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The Toblerone is a portmanteau of the candy inventor—Theodor Tobler—and torrone, a name for various Italian nougats. As for the distinctive triangle shape, it's generally credited to the Swiss Alps, but Toblerone’s UK site suggests something a little racier—"a red and cream-frilled line of dancers at the Folies Bergères in Paris, forming a shapely pyramid at the end of a show.”

21. TOOTSIE ROLL

Pile of Tootsie Roll candies.
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The official story is that in the late 19th century, Leo Hirschfeld invented the Tootsie Roll—Tootsie coming from his daughter's nickname. But the Candy Professor has blown multiple holes in the official story, finding evidence from patents to trademark filings that show Tootsie Rolls came into existence circa 1907. And as for the Tootsie? The Candy Professor has also found that the company that applied for those trademarks had an earlier product called Bromangelon that had as a mascot the character "Tattling Tootsie." Whether this Tootsie was named after Hirschfeld’s daughter or something mysterious is still debated.

22. TWIX

Twix candy bar.
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The meaning behind Twix has been lost to time (and marketing). But the general consensus is that it's a portmanteau of twin and sticks (stix), or possibly twin and mix.

23. TWIZZLERS

Bag of Twizzlers candy.
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Another term where the true origin is unknown, but it’s certainly related to the word twizzle, which dates back to the 18th century. One of the definitions the Oxford English Dictionary gives is "To twirl, twist; to turn round; to form by twisting."

24. YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIES

Two York Peppermint Patties
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The popular patties were originally created by the York Cone Company out of York, Pennsylvania, which made ice cream cones before going all in on their new invention. As for the "Peanuts" character Peppermint Patty, Charles Schulz said that the name inspiration was "A dish of candy sitting in our living room." But as the York version was still regional at the time, the inspiration was probably a different peppermint patty.

25. BABY RUTH

Pile of Baby Ruth mini candy bars.
Erika Berlin

A debate for the ages. Otto Schnering named the bar after either Ruth Cleveland, daughter of President Grover Cleveland (whose New York Times obituary said, "She was known to the Nation as 'Baby Ruth' while she was a child in the White House") or Babe Ruth, the famous baseball player. While Baby Ruth was a very popular name (and not just for Presidential daughters. An actress at the time of the candy bar’s introduction was known as "Baby" Ruth Sullivan), Babe Ruth proponents point out that Cleveland’s daughter died in 1904, around 17 years before the candy was introduced. But claims of a recently discovered court document has Schnering answering under oath the question "When you adopted the trade mark Baby Ruth…did you at that time [take] into consideration any value that the nickname Babe Ruth…might have?”

Schnering responded, "The bar was named for Baby Ruth, the first baby of the White House, Cleveland, dating back to the Cleveland administration…There was a suggestion, at the time, that Babe Ruth, however not a big figure at the time as he later developed to be, might have possibilities of developing in such a way as to help our merchandising of our bar Baby Ruth."

The Reason White Castle Slider Burgers Have Five Holes

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White Castle

While it’s not often mentioned in conversations about the best fast food burger on the menu alongside staples like Shake Shack or In-N-Out, the White Castle slider burger still holds a special place in the stomachs of those who enjoy their bite-sized convenience. In 2014, TIME even named the slider the most influential burger of all time, with its debut in 1921 helping begin our nation’s obsession with fast-service burgers.

Peel the bun off a White Castle burger and you’ll find the square meat patty has exactly five holes. Why? Thrillist writer Wil Fulton went looking for an answer to this gastronomic mystery. It turns out that the holes serve a very functional purpose.

In 1954, a Cincinnati-based White Castle employee named Earl Howell stuffed his location’s suggestion box with a note that said the patties might cook more quickly if they were pierced. The reason? The franchise steams its burgers on the grill, and the holes allow the steam to better penetrate the stacks of patties (usually 30 burgers tall) that are piled on the grill at one time. No one has to flip the burgers, and they wind up coming out of the kitchen faster. The steam also picks up the flavor of the onion acting as a bottom layer, allowing it to spread through the stack.

Howell’s idea soon spread from Ohio to White Castle restaurants nationwide. The company facilitates the creation of the holes by puncturing a “meat log” and then slicing it and sending the patties to locations.

If you enjoy their distinctive flavor, the holes have a lot to do with it. Enjoy.

[h/t Thrillist]

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