A man called Snoop Dogg once said (once he was done rapping), “I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.” And while we’ve yet to see Snoop Lion at the helm of any sundae-making (and wondered whether gin and juice could conceivably become an ice cream flavor...maybe?) we understand his deep love for the frozen foodstuff.
We’ve eagerly anticipated ice cream season (a.k.a. summer) over this year’s extended winter. Gone now are the snow-topped days of April. In their stead, we’ll take a double scoop of Salted Crack Caramel topped with sprinkles. Behold: our 7 favorite varieties to melt on your taste buds this summer.
Best Reason to Learn a Whole Lot About Making Ice Cream
Davey's Ice Cream
Forget the circus, David Yoo quit his day job and ran away to learn ice cream making. We’re certainly glad he did, since his intensive efforts have led to some of the best ice cream in the East Village. Classics like the Mexican Vanilla and Chocolate Chocolate shine just as much as their seasonal flavors, and they're all made fresh throughout the week.
Best Motivation for Running 10 Miles
Ample Hills Creamery
What started as a tiny cart wheeled around at concerts in Prospect Park has since become a beloved local treat and a full-service shop serving 24 tasty flavors. The Salted Crack Caramel is absolutely as addictive as it sounds, and well worth some extra hard-earned calorie burning.
Best Place to Try Some Wacky Flavors
OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
This small-batch creamery based in Williamsburg is where you’ll find a bevy of funky flavors, as the name suggests, of course. Chorizo Caramel Swirl? Buttermilk Biscuit? Rose Raspberry with Pink Peppercorns? Tobacco Leaf Smoked Chili Huckleberry?! Goodness gracious, try it all.
Best Between Two Cookies
We’d say this bakery has helped to evolve the humble ice cream sandwich far beyond the brick-shaped variety that left mushy chocolate cookie stuck to your fingertips as a kid. The Lovelet kinda makes us want to shout “Marry me!” Maeby Funke-style, but that’s weird, so we just scarf down the cream cheese ice cream tucked between two Red Velvet Meltcakes.
Best Reason to Eat Things Called “Bea Arthur” and the “Salty Pimp”
Big Gay Ice Cream
Everything here is delicious, but our favorites have the best names and come with the most enjoyable toppings. The Bea Arthur is complete with vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche syrup and a thorough coating of crushed vanilla wafers. The Salty Pimp is a savory-sweet amalgamation of vanilla ice cream, again drizzled in dulce de leche syrup, then coated with sea salt and a hard chocolate shell.
Best Excuse to Indulge on the Waterfront
The Brooklyn Ice Cream Company
If you’ve been to Brooklyn Bridge Park, you’ve probably walked past an outpost of this borough-based creamery. While you won’t find any crazy flavors here, there’s something to be said about diving into a classic banana split while letting your gaze drift off into the skyline. Is rent due? Who cares, it’s good to be here.
Best Way to Feel Just a Little Healthy While Eating Ice Cream
While this Argentine-style treat isn’t quite the same as its American brethren, this West Village shop is offering a delightfully classic take on ice cream. The texture resides somewhere in the happy middle ground between gelato and thicker American-style ice cream. Plus, the flavors offer an adventure, especially when it comes to the traditional corn flavor dusted in cinnamon.