I scream, you scream, we all scream for National Ice Cream Day! July 15th will be one of the sweetest national dessert holidays all year. It will be a day to celebrate all things frosty, creamy, and sweet. So whether you’re more of a vanilla bean person, a fruit swirl kind of gal, or a spicy bacon maple adventurer, check out this list of six of our favorite ice cream shops. To make sure you never miss out, check out our complete list of National Dessert Days.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is based out of Ohio and has locations in both Ohio and Tennessee. Jeni’s specializes in handcrafted, artisan ice cream that is, “Bliss. With a big B.” Jeni’s advertises that they build every recipe from the ground up, and you can taste that in every scoop. With flavors like Bangkok Peanut, Brambleberry Crisp, and Wildberry Lavender, there’s a lot to love about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
PopCycle Creamery is based out of Sacramento, California. The creamery specializes in push pop ice cream treats delivered by bicycle. Pops are just $3 each and come in a variety of tasty, artisan flavors like Chocolate Stout, Cocoa Zinfandel, and Strawberry Creme Fraiche. Yum! These push pops would be a perfect addition to your July 20th celebration.
Sprinkles, the Beverly Hills-based company that dubs itself the Original Cupcake Bakery, has taken on another classic American treat and opened Sprinkles Ice Cream. So far, Sprinkles Ice Cream has one location right next to Sprinkles Cupcakes, but we imagine there will be more coming soon! Sprinkles Ice Cream flavors vary daily just like their cupcake shop, but they highlight classic flavors like malted milk chocolate, peanut butter cup, and coffee. Sprinkles Ice Cream is perfect for when you need that sweet ice cream fix.
Salt and Straw is by far my favorite ice cream shop in the entire world. Located in Portland, Oregon (local to me!), this shop has caught on like wildfire. They’ve been featured in hundreds of magazines including Portland Monthly, Daily Candy, and, get this, O Magazine. Their flavors are intense and delicious. On weekends I find myself pining for their Honey Lavender, Arbequina Olive Oil, and Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. Definitely a must see if you’re in the Portland area (and if you have time to wait in line).
Bi-Rite Creamery is based out of San Francisco, California. A member of the Bi-Rite family, Bi-Rite Creamery is “obsessed with making the most intensely flavored ice cream possible.” They have flavors like roasted banana, brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl, and coffee toffee. They also have a book! Sweet Creams and Sugar Cones is available online via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell’s Books and contains the actual recipe for their coveted Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s was established in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont and has quickly become a household name. They are by far the most famous ice cream producer in the United States and, maybe, the world. Their shops are all over the country and their products are in almost every national grocery store, offering everybody their favorite flavor whenever a craving comes along.