These are the 10 best ice cream places in Connecticut, according to our readers
Where can you find the best ice cream in Connecticut?
That’s the question we posed to you – our readers – about a week ago in our first Connecticut Ice Cream Showdown. More than 300 of you delivered by nominating your favorite place to get everyone’s favorite summertime treat.
These are the 10 places that received the most nominations.
255 Farms Village Road, West Simsbury
Tulmeadow’s ice cream business got its start in August 1994 with the goal of “making really great ice cream, so that our customers would want to come back again and again.” In 2010 they were voted “ Best Ice Cream ” in Hartford Magazine’s reader poll. Those who nominated Tulmeadow shouted out its unique flavor selection, including banana peanut butter cup. The ice cream window offers over 50 flavors, including some vegan options.
UConn Dairy Bar
17 Manter Road, Storrs
Making its debut in 1953, the Dairy Bar started selling products made by UConn’s Creamery. The Creamery still makes ice cream according to that original recipe, and is a favorite among both the public and UConn students. One reader said, “They have fun new flavors every time you go, but the classics are always king. It’s a tradition for many students and their families every time they’re on campus. Portions are generous too!”
Arethusa Farm Dairy
Arethusa Farm started as a dairy farm in Litchfield County with just five cows. That number has now grown to over 300 cows, a dairy plant, a restaurant, a bakery and multiple ice cream locations, including New Haven and West Hartford. Arethusa bills their ice cream as “ice cream like it used to taste,” and our readers seem to agree. One nominator said, “the iced cream (sic) is so rich, no air bubbles, with incredible flavor.”
Grassroots Ice Cream
4 Park Place, Granby
It’s all about flavor variety at Grassroots Ice Cream in Granby. The shop switches out and serves various flavors throughout the day. “We scoop 36 flavors at any one time. When one box runs out we put a new flavor out. Some of our flavors may change 3 or 4 times a day!” according to their website.
359 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Dairy Cream at Bradley International has been serving up their ice cream since 1954. The small shop with a walk-up window is seasonal, and offers ice cream, frozen yogurt, milkshakes, sundaes and hot dogs throughout the summer. “There’s constantly lines down the parking lot and great, fast, and friendly service,” one nominator said.
Rich Farm Ice Cream
The family-run Rich Farm Ice Cream originated in Oxford in 1994 on a farm started five generations ago. All of the ice cream is slow-churned and made on the farm daily. You can find Rich Farm Ice Cream at locations across the state, including Oxford, Bristol and Brookfield. They also have a location in Placentia, California.
Shady Glen Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor
840 Middle Turnpike E, Manchester
This local favorite isn’t just known for its ice cream. The vintage ‘50s diner is also well-known for its cheeseburgers. Shady Glen offers specialty flavors, such as licorice for Halloween, eggnog for Christmas and peach in the summer. “Shady Glen ice cream is soft and creamy, even right out of the freezer,” one reader remarked.
ROBBS Farm Ice Cream Shop
91 Wassuc Road, Glastonbury
This family-run farm started making homemade ice cream in 2005. Our readers have said, “The ice cream is made right on the premises with high quality, local ingredients, and they have a HUGE selection of flavors some of which are hard to find anywhere else.” Others rave about the creaminess of the ice cream.
Salem Valley Farms
20 Darling Road, Salem
With over 80 flavors, there’s no shortage of ice cream combinations to be had at Salem Valley Farms. The seasonal shop been making their hand-crafted, artisan-style ice cream since 1988, only using locally sourced dairy. Some say, “It’s the best! Great taste, texture, ingredients and flavors.”
122 Mountain Road, Suffield
This small ice cream shop has a lot to offer. Readers commented on their variety of flavors to choose from as well as their friendly. They have an assortment of both hard and soft serve flavors.